Gail Shepherd

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I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old and authored our school Thanksgiving play—“Poor Mr. Turkey.” But the road to actually publishing a novel has been long and winding. I’ve been a food writer, a teacher, a poet, a book reviewer, an editor, a columnist. One of my first jobs was as a reader for a paperback publisher in London. I also published an independent newspaper with my brother for a few years. I’ve collaborated on writing radio plays with my sister, and I co-wrote a comic serialized satire, “Developing Begonia,” about the glorious graft and greed of a small city for a local indie newspaper. But THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS, which will publish in February 2019, is my first novel for young readers.

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Gail Shepherd Oh this one's easy. I hope my readers walk away with the gift of understanding that people are very complicated. What you see on the surface is only a…moreOh this one's easy. I hope my readers walk away with the gift of understanding that people are very complicated. What you see on the surface is only a small fraction of what may be going on in any person's heart. Everyone, like Lyndie's Daddy, like D.B., like her grandma Lady, like her Mama, like her nemesis Pee Wee, is fighting battles we may know nothing about. The best gift you can give to or receive from another human being is *empathy*. And you will find your empathy for others by looking deeply and carefully for the truth.(less)
Gail Shepherd Oh, so many things! But my top three are easy: 1) I'm thankful for my kidlit writing community, a bunch of generous, talented, inspiring people who…moreOh, so many things! But my top three are easy: 1) I'm thankful for my kidlit writing community, a bunch of generous, talented, inspiring people who keep me pushing to be a better writer and a better person. 2) My editor, Kathy Dawson, who is mind-bogglingly wise about storytelling. 3) My spouse, who has believed in me every step of the way -- she's a dream-weaver!(less)
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