Here's what she said: One of my favorite fantasy characters is Miri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. She's a strong, determined girl who isn't afraid to speak her mind--she's certainly much braver than I am! While there's only a touch of magic in Miri's world, I love that it's rooted in her community; it gives people a way to connect with each other and with the land. I'm fascinated by the idea of magic that's tied to nature, and that people can tap into it if they have the ability. And finally, I must admit that my ten-year-old self would have killed to be sent off to learn how to be a princess! I wasn't a girlie-girl when I was younger, but I had a soft-spot for princesses. After all, who doesn't like a little sparkle?
Anna was born in Poland and raised in the United States. Oh, and she is amazing! She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and was a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston with her husband and their adopted black Labrador, Emma. When she's not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. Visit her online at http://www.annastan.com/.
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