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Megan Shepherd

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Megan Shepherd

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Full Name: Megan Shepherd
Occupation: Writer, Speaker
Nationality: American


Megan Shepherd grew up in her family's independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Interested in foreign languages and travel, she earned a degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later joined the US Peace Corps, where she spent two years living and working in a small village in Senegal. There, she partnered with a local elementary school to transcribe oral folk tales into an illustrated picture book to distribute to students. Though she has always been an avid reader, this project first sparked her interest in telling her own stories.

As the author of many middle grade and young adult novels, Shepherd frequently speaks to schools and libraries and has taught for UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program, the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the NC Writers' Network. Her work has been nominated for the Carnegie and Greenaway Awards. In previous lives, she worked for a book publisher, an environmental nonprofit, as a raft guide, a nanny, and a park ranger in Montana.

When she is not writing, she can usually be found daydreaming in cafes, hiking in the mountains, and gardening at her 125-year-old farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina, which she and her husband share with their children, two hives of bees, eleven chickens, two cats, and an especially scruffy dog.

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