Gail Shepherd is a middle-grade novelist who also writes in the K-12 education field. She has spent her life churning out quantities of words for anybody would pay her to write them, from the glamorous (award-winning restaurant criticism, crime coverage for Agence France-Presse) to the ridiculous (newsletters about rebar, catalog copy for SPANX TM). She plans to keep doing this indefinitely.
Gail’s debut middle grade novel, SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST (Penguin/Kathy Dawson Books, Winter 2016) is a coming-of-age story set in Tennessee, post-Vietnam War. The story follows Lyndie, who as the daughter of a Vietnamese woman and an American soldier feels she doesn’t really belong, either in her town or in her family.
- Favorite book growing up: THE SECRET GARDEN
- Childhood aspiration: Opera singer
- Favorite time of day/place to write: 5:15 a.m. with coffee and fake candles
- Book currently reading/most recently read: WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Walk fast in big cities
- Surprising personal fact: She was a high school dropout
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Not being a 2017 debut author (if she’d been invited to participate in the marshmallow experiment, she would definitely have eaten the marshmallows)
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