Oct 23, 2014

Anna Featured on SCBWI

Anna is featured in this months SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ) bulletin. You can read it here!

Thanks crazygirl!

Oct 19, 2014

Anna at Vermont Square Library for #TeenReadWeek

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Credits: ig, twitter

Oct 13, 2014

Gallery Updates

I've added a few pictures tonight. I also replaced all the screencaps from HuffPost Live with better ones by crazygirl. :)

Heartview Global Charity Gala (2/22/2014, Anna)


Heartview Global Charity Gala (2/22/2014, Elisa)


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Oct 7, 2014

Celebrate Teen Read Week With Anna

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4pm, Teen Read Week-Turn Dreams into Reality author panel with Elise Allen, Anna Shinoda, and Mark London Williams.  Vermont Square Public Library, 1201 W. 48th. Street Los Angeles,  CA

Oct 2, 2014

Beast Astray Photos

Learning to Drown Was Released 6 Months Ago!

It's been 6 months since the release of Anna's first novel, Learning Not to Drown! Isn't it hard to believe? Well Anna has posted an awesome blog post with a bunch of lovely photos. You can check it out at AnnaShinoda.com

Mike and Anna at Bluestockings + Instagrams of Joe and Heidi

I've had the chance to upload some pictures. First up is a photo from the Bluestockings signing of Learning Not to Drown.


Next is a few photos of Joe and Heidi being adorable together on instagram...


Thanks crazygirl!

Sep 28, 2014

HypeBeast Interviewe with Joe

HypeBeast interviewed Joe about the art show for The Mall and in it he mentioned his family. Read the full article here!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m on tour a lot this year.  I’d like to find time to do more paintings.  Also, more films to come.  I’m enjoying hanging out with my wife and daughter.  The best art that I’ve created is my kid with my wife.  It’s the best!

MTV Book Round Up: Learning Not to Drown

MTV posted a list of books about pro-social issues for young people and Learning Not to Drown was on it.

Clare is dealing with a number of things teens deal with: trying to figure out what college to go to, handling overly strict parents, attempting to become independent. A number of other things that touch her life aren’t quite as common, but they still often happen, and they can be taboo to talk about: a family member in prison, addiction and sexual assault. Clare doesn’t want to hide these skeletons in her family closet, and she has to come to grips with what’s really happening in order to overcome it. This debut novel from Anna Shinoda, wife of Linkin Park’s Mike, is inspired by some real happenings from her childhood, and it packs a wallop.

 Thanks crazygirl for letting me know.

Sep 21, 2014

Anna is for Climate Action

Anna's Twitter Q&A

Anna answered some questions on twitter last week. Crazygirl got them together for me to post. ABOUT LNTD: Q: Have you considered a sequel where we follow Clares life in college? A: for now, I don't have any plans to continue on with Clare. I like the idea of her living on in unique ways in each reader's mind. Q: What happened with "Learning Not To Drown" in other countries? A: Takes time - publisher is still working on it. Q: i can't wait to read learning not to drown but i must wait until it's avaiable in german :/ when will it be? A: date still TBD. They are translating it now. ABOUT NEW NOVEL: Q: Do you have some ideas for the title of your next novel ? A: Not yet. It's too much of a mess still to name Q: I want to read more of your books, another book soon? :D A: I'm working on it, but creating can take a while for me Q: In your next novel, the theme will be the same or you will talk about something totally different ? A: Different. ABOUT WRITTING: Q: how does it work your creative process to write a book? A: I brew up scenes in my head & write them as they become almost real. Q: when have you started to think "I'm going to write a book"? A: Always. Stories are constantly wanting to get out of my head. Q: Does Mike ever help in the creative process? A: Yes. He helps critique my work & brainstorms with me. Q: when did you start writing & do you still have your very first stories? A: Made up stories as soon as I could talk. I wrote these when I was 8 & 12. They were bound through the young authors program at my school. Q: do you write poetry? A: Yes. Poorly. Sometimes something good comes out and I surprise myself. Q: How much do you write every day?(: A: depends how inspired I am. Q: Do you write better with music or in silence? A: Sometimes silence is best, but music can send me farther into the story. Q: Have you ever thought about doing a childrens book? A: I tried to writes picture books. They weren't very good. Q: do you prefer reading novels or short stories? If you plan to write another amazing book, would you write a novel or novella? A: novels. Although I did enjoy writing the pieces up on @DearTeenMe and @simonteen websites. Q: Which type of stories are you more drawn to: fantasy or reality? A: There is time and room in my heart for both Q: Have you ever written lyrics with Mike?(: A: nope. Sometimes I'm his thesaurus if he's stuck to find the write word. aaaaannnd that should have been right word. ADVICES: Q: Can you give me some advice on how to get better at writing essays? A: essays are more formula based than creative writing. Find a good formula & work within that structure for starters. Q: my brain is so full of book ideas. How do I start just one? A: Pick the one you are most excited about. Q: every time I want to write my book, for which I already have ideas for, I just cant seem to come up with a nice start! Advice? A: write the book as it comes out. Fix the beginning after you finish the thing. Some beginning are written at the very end. Q: If an idea doesn't exactly work, do you scrap it, or do you try & modify it so it can work? A: Save it if it's worth saving. She wrote this at the end: Talking about all this writing has made me want to get back to my manuscript. Thanks for all the questions!

Aug 22, 2014

Anna Accepted the #IceBucketChallenge

Anna did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posted the video on instagram. If you are curious about what the ALS ice bucket challenge is, head over to www.alsa.org!