Anna Shinoda

About Me

Raised in a town so small it lacked a stop light, there was little for Anna Shinoda to do except climb trees, go on hikes and read books. Her voracious appetite for reading led to writing, and by the fourth grade, Anna had her first book bound through the Young Authors program. In middle school and high school, she served as editor for her high school paper. Upon graduation, she was awarded scholarships on the merit of her writing and pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies at Long Beach State. Anna worked in music Public Relations for several years after college and eventually discovered a love of writing for young adults.

Soon after devoting full-time attention to writing, Anna became a member of the Society Of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  Her work has been nominated twice for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award.

She married musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park in 2003.  She has led efforts with the band’s non-profit, Music For Relief, in the U.S. and abroad.

Anna writes to promote healing in young people, whether it is confronting the unknown or facing a difficult truth. Drawing inspiration from her experiences as an adult with her memories of her own childhood, Anna Shinoda has many stories to tell.

Learning Not To Drown is her debut novel.

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Congrats on your book! I am in the process of writing a political humor but realistic book about the state of our country. Writing is also an outlet for me. Although my writing is humorous, its also my therapeutic outlet. I will continue to drop by.


  2. Your recent blogg (Getting better) is really helpful..I’ve had all sorts of therapy and the only things that do help is playing the piano, drawing and writing poetry or even talk to deceased because I know that they will always be listening. I still have flash backs from things that have effected me in the past.. (reporting being abused and trying to make my school believe me, the words “attention seeker” still haunt me up until now. The authorities finally listened when my sisters spoke up about it and now its an on going in court with social workers) I can not tell you the about the amount of times that me and my sibling have almost been killed ) I cannot tell you how much this experience has effected me. (The past always haunts me), the fact that it took the school soo many years to finally figure out that i was telling the truth the whole time, to finally figure out that they were wrong, to finally feel the pressure on my chest finally being released). I was called all sorts and bullied by the staff, being called all sorts (attention seeker etc) as if home wasn’t enough to deal with. They apologised but an apology isn’t going to fix the amount of year it took them to listen or take back what they said. Once a scar always a scar, since then I have studying in University and even then people notice the experience I’ve been through with out even saying a word to them. Someone said to me “you’ve been hurt before, haven’t you?”. It’s hard to trust again, it hard to open up because of a fear of being called a liar etc… The only person who looked after me was my Grandmother, she was my mum in every way possible. It took me years to accept her death years of endless crying at night. It was hard and I’m still fighting and pushing, I refuse to fall down in the dark. I refuse to fail. I refuse to be a victim. I refuse to be terrorised by an Illness. I refuse to be a slave in chains. I refuse !!

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  3. Hi Anna,

    I am planning to read your book soon, but from the synopses, it would seem that you were the black sheep scapegoat and your oldest brother the Golden Child of parents with highly narcissistic traits. Some parents need to offload their unbearable shame by projecting and protectively identifying them onto a selected child. Supposedly, traditionally patriarchal families under economic duress can often result in such “splitting”, and often the eldest son gets anointed the Golden Child no matter what they do not to deserve it. It is actually just as damaging to the GC as it is to the scapegoat.


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  5. Hi Anna, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award and you can check it out on my page!


  6. wow, how nice… congrats to your first book, one day i’ll read it… i’m from Spain, so.
    i’ll read it.


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