Anna Shinoda

About Me

Anna Shinoda was raised in a mountain town so small it lacked a stoplight. She used to escape into the high branches of trees to read and dream of stories, out of reach from her own family skeleton. Eventually she climbed down with her debut novel, Learning Not to Drown (Atheneum 2014), a story about a young girl who struggles to preserve her own identity amidst a chaotic, dysfunctional family unit.  Anna married musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park in 2003 and has led efforts with the band’s non-profit, Music For Relief, in the U.S. and abroad. As a mental health advocate, she serves as a senior advisor to The Campaign to Change Direction.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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