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Professor Candace Moonshower

Candace Moonshower 


MA (2009), Middle Tennessee State University; BA (1996), Middle Tennessee State University; First Year at MTSU: 2011

Office: KOM 100A; Office Phone: 898-5052

Vivian Vande Velde Legend of Zooey

After working as a freelance writer and children's writer for many years, Candie Moonshower entered academia and was immediately motivated to put her skills to use in another important venue. She teaches freshman and sophomore-level English courses and enjoys helping students get over their fear—and sometimes hatred—of writing.

As an undergraduate at MTSU, Moonshower received The Richard C. and Virginia Peck Award, a Paul Martin Scholarship, and was named Honors Senior of the Year. In 2004, she sold her Master's thesis, a novel for young people entitled The Legend of Zoey, to Random House. The Legend of Zoey, published in 2006, won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators "Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award"; and was named a Volunteer State Book Award nominee. Moonshower has since published a biography for the school library market and continues to work on novels for children, young adults and adults.

In her freelance career, Moonshower has accumulated 200+ publication credits, and she continues to write for regional publications.