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.

5 thoughts on “About Me

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

  4. 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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