Wendy Shang

Professional Gummi Bear Eater

About Me

Like many writers, I loved to write as a kid.  I wrote my first book when I was about five - it was called The Big Fight and it was about a bunny and a sheep arguing over who was the fluffiest.  Like many writers, I went on to law school.  (Well, not right after being five.  A little later than that.)

I was born in Wilmington, Delaware.  After a brief stay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, my family moved to northern Virginia, outside of Washington, DC, and I live there now.  My husband is also from this area, and we feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by lots of family.  We have three kids, one dog and two cats. 

I have spent most of my adult life connected to kids in one way or another.  In addition to being a mom (best job!), I have been an attorney on juvenile justice issues, a tutor at an elementary school and a juvenile facility, and a Court-Appointed Special Advocate.  Right now, I am a Ready 2 Read volunteer with my local public library, bringing library programs to preschools.

I write middle-grade because I love the books from that genre and I have powerful memories from that time - best friends, small adventures, new discoveries (mostly about human nature), the particular cruelty that kids can inflict and incredible kindnesses as well.  A few favorite books from childhood? Little House on the Prairie, anything by Judy Blume, Harriet the Spy and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

I am represented by Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary.

I've had a blast doing interviews around the blogosphere!  Please check out these great blogs:

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Some favorite things (in addition to books and gummi bears): pan-fried dumplings, fall days, good pillows, bookstores, cool organizer thingies, warm chocolate chip cookies, excellent pens, beautiful photographs, libraries, and ice cream.  Oh, and that feeling you get when you've had a good, busy day.

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