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By Lindsey Travis
Sweetwater County Library System 

Be inspired by Shannon Hale March 4


I’ve always wanted to write a book. When I was a teenager, I actually started writing several books, but I never made it too far before I quit. It seemed that I lacked the inspiration to follow through with what I started.

I haven’t given up on writing, however. I still love to write, but now I stick to shorter pieces (like newspaper columns!). I would still love to write a book, but I’m waiting for the inspiration to strike me. Perhaps a visit with a bestselling author will do the trick!

Young adult author Shannon Hale also felt inspired at a young age to be a writer, and she didn’t give up on her dream. According to her website,, Shannon started writing at age 10, mostly writing fantasy stories in which she was the heroine. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, Shannon’s first book, “The Goose Girl,” was published in 2003. Before publication, however, Shannon faced several rejections. Despite those early rejections, “The Goose Girl” still remains Shannon’s most popular book.

“I think it goes to show that rejection doesn’t always mean ‘You stink!’ It can mean, ‘You haven’t found your home yet. Keep looking,’” Shannon said on her website.

Shannon has written many books since “The Goose Girl” and has won multiple awards, including a Newberry Honor for her book “Princess Academy.” Her newest book comes out on March 3, and is a continuation of her “Princess Academy” series.

Sweetwater County is lucky – we’re on Shannon’s book tour for “Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters.” Shannon will be here on March 4. During the afternoon, Shannon will speak to students at Lincoln Middle School and Monroe Intermediate School here in Green River about writing and inspiration. In the evening, she will be giving her presentation at 6:30 p.m. at White Mountain Library, 2935 Sweetwater Drive in Rock Springs. Make sure to drop by and see her – I’ve heard she’s a great speaker.

It’s pretty exciting to be able to host a bestselling author in Sweetwater County. Maybe she’ll inspire some of our youth to start writing – or maybe she’ll inspire you (or me)!

If you haven’t read any of Shannon Hale’s books, you still have time to do so before her visit. Some of her other books include the “Ever After High” series and “Book of a Thousand Days.” She has also written some books for adults, including “Austenland” and the “Actor and the Housewife.”

Who doesn’t like to save money?

I love to save money. I pretty much don’t buy things if I don’t get them on sale or have coupons. That’s why Bridgette Neilsen’s Super Savings and Couponing Part 2 class is appealing to me. Bridgette will be teaching her class at the library in Green River on Feb. 21. It starts at 10 a.m.

Bridgette taught Super Savings and Couponing Part 1 in February. If you didn’t attend part 1, you can still attend part 2 – the classes are independent of each other. This month’s class delves a little deeper into finding savings.

Bridgette will teach those in attendance about things such as stacking coupons, doubling coupons, rebates, online discounts and more.

Stop by on Feb. 21 – you’ll learn some great savings tips to help your budget.


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