Peng Shepherd

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Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her first novel, THE BOOK OF M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction, and was chosen as a best book of the year by Amazon, Elle, Refinery29, and The Verge, as well as a best book of the summer by the Today Show and NPR On Point. A graduate of the NYU MFA program, Peng is the recipient of a 2020 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Elizabeth George Foundation’s emerging writers 2016 grant.

Find her at www.pengshepherd.com or on Twitter/Instagram @pengshepherd.
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Peng Shepherd Yes, I am! I actually just finished the first draft about two weeks ago. It still needs a lot of revision, but I’m hoping to get a near-final draft of…moreYes, I am! I actually just finished the first draft about two weeks ago. It still needs a lot of revision, but I’m hoping to get a near-final draft of the manuscript to my editor by the end of the year/super early next year. (Seriously, where did this year GO?!?)

They always say that second books are the hardest out of them all to write, and it definitely feels true to me right now! I’m also trying something a little different, which is making the writing exciting in addition to slightly terrifying. I can’t say much more at this point, but I really hope you enjoy it once it’s out there. Thanks!(less)
Peng Shepherd Thank you so much for reading! That’s a great question. I wrote The Book of M as a standalone, but I’ve had quite a few readers ask me if it’s going t…moreThank you so much for reading! That’s a great question. I wrote The Book of M as a standalone, but I’ve had quite a few readers ask me if it’s going to be a series, so you're in good company! My publisher and I are thinking it over, but haven’t reached a decision yet. I’m torn, because I love the characters, and the story definitely could continue—there is so much more of the world to be explored—but there’s also something to be said for allowing an ending to remain a little open and letting the reader draw their own conclusions.(less)
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“there’s a difference between when the mind forgets and the heart does.”
Peng Shepherd, The Book of M

“Libraries have always been mysterious, almost mystical places to me. There’s something about the sheer vastness of them, the seemingly infinite number of books they protect and keep, that inspires a sense of wonder, making each visit feel like a quest for ancient secrets. Whenever I step into one, I always wander the stacks, choosing books by some invisible pull rather than by the author’s name or the catalog. It’s not efficient, but I can’t help it. It feels more magical this way.”
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“Then I saw it tilt its head ever so slightly to the side, all by itself. There was a moment of coldness, like the entire room had dropped twenty degrees. I tried to take a breath, but I couldn’t move. Then it was gone.”
Peng Shepherd, The Book of M

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