Jacqueline Shannon is a San Diego-based journalist and author who has written both for children and about children, for teens and about teens. In her early career, she had nine young adult novels published. All of them had smart, resourceful, and strong heroines (or they became that way through the trials they were subjected to!). She once wrote frequently for Seventeen, Teen, and YM magazines. In the 1990s, she also wrote two regular columns for Cosmopolitan. More recently, she has turned to parenting, inspirational, and autobiographies. Besides Why It’s Great to be a Girl, her 16 books include The New Mother’s Body Book: How Having a Baby Will Change Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Marriage Forever; Dream Doll: The Ruth Handler Story, an autobiography co-written with Handler, co-founder of Mattel and the creator of the Barbie doll; and Raising a Star: The Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Break Into Theater, Film, Television, and Music, co-written with top child/teen New York City talent agent Nancy Carson. She has written articles for almost all of the national women’s and parenting magazines.
Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is also a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the College of Journalism, University of Maryland, and a Fellow of the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families at the College of Journalism, University of Maryland.
Her daughter Madeline won the Helix Charter High School/Bank of America Best English Student of the Year Award for 2006. She was also a Golden State Scholar (very high test scores on the standardized tests in California). Madeline won a substantial merit scholarship to one of California’s best private colleges. During the school year, she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is studying to become a nurse midwife.