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Peng Shepherd

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Peng Shepherd is the nationally bestselling author of The Cartographers, The Book of M, and The Future Library.

Her second novel, The Cartographers, was a USA Today bestseller, a national Independent Bookstores bestseller, and was named a Best Book of March by The Washington Post, as well as a Pick of the Month by Good Morning America, Amazon, Apple, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and Goodreads, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

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, a Best Book of the Summer by the Today Show and NPR On Point, and has been optioned for television.

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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)
Average rating: 3.68 · 56,609 ratings · 9,565 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Cartographers

3.67 avg rating — 39,107 ratings — published 2022 — 23 editions
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The Book of M

3.69 avg rating — 16,583 ratings — published 2018 — 29 editions
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The Future Library

4.11 avg rating — 778 ratings — published 2021 — 2 editions
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Thanks for your question! All of my books are in the adult genre. They could be appropriate for some teenagers, but do contain some dark themes, and there is explicit language in The Book of M.
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“Maps are love letters written to times and places their makers had explored.”
Peng Shepherd, The Cartographers

“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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“At last came the golden month of the wild folk-- honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.”
― Samuel Scoville Jr., Wild Folk


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