The Chronicles of Ziel DeLaine series.
On this episode of the Carlsbad People, Purpose, and Impact Podcast, Bret Schanzenbach spoke with 13-year-old teen author, Shanti Hershenson. She has published two novellas in her series, The Chronicles of Ziel DeLaine, a novel told through poetry called You Won't Know Her Name, and her debut novel, Biome Lock, which is the first book of a trilogy. Shanti lives in Carlsbad where she advocates against bullying, appears at open mic nights, and spends time with her family, friends, and cats. In this conversation, she and Bret talk about how she became a published author, her passion for stories, and her upcoming novels.
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I am a thirteen-year-old author of several books. I currently have two novellas (part of a longer series) published in a series, and my debut novel, Biome Lock (part of a trilogy, actually), will be published in August. I started working on Biome Lock during the pandemic, when I was twelve-years-old, but I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I also am working on a poetry book, and I just finished a dystopian stand-alone novel titled The Accidental Insurgent.
I live in Carlsbad with my parents, my sister, and my three furry friends.
I write in a variety of genres, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Poetry, although my preferred genre is Sci-Fi.
I advocate for anti-bullying, and you may find me at open mic-nights, performing my spoken word poems. My favorite is called Needles & Thorns, which is about the struggle of bullying in middle schools.