Anna Shinoda, the wife of Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda, is a published author of a book for teenagers.
Linkin Park tragically lost its frontman, Chester Bennington, to suicide on July 20, and Bennington’s wife, Talinda, and the Shinodas had to endure a vile apparent hack of her Twitter page that referenced Mike Shinoda. Based on their social media pages, Anna Shinoda and Talinda Bennington appear to be friends.
Mike Shinoda posted a brief message about Bennington’s suicide, saying, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
This all has people wondering more about Shinoda’s family, and his wife, Anna.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Anna Is a Published Novelist
Anna Shinoda is a published author. Her first book was called Learning Not to Drown. It’s recommended for those ages 14 and up.
The blurb on the Simon & Schuster website about the book describes its plot this way:
Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.
There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.
To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents…
“Soon after devoting full-time attention to writing, Anna became a member of the Society Of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI),” Anna’s website bio says. “Her work has been nominated twice for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award.”
2. Anna Shinoda Was Raised in a Town Without a Stoplight & She Once Worked in Public Relations
Anna Shinoda’s biography on her website says she was raised “in a town so small it lacked a stop light.” There was a silver lining, though: “There was little for Anna Shinoda to do except climb trees, go on hikes and read books,” the bio says.
“Her voracious appetite for reading led to writing, and by the fourth grade, Anna had her first book bound through the Young Authors program. In middle school and high school, she served as editor for her high school paper.”
She continued the craft in college. “Upon graduation, she was awarded scholarships on the merit of her writing and pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies at Long Beach State. Anna worked in music Public Relations for several years after college and eventually discovered a love of writing for young adults,” her website says.
3. Anna & Mike Shinoda Have Been Married Since 2003 & Was Involved in the Band’s Charity Efforts
Anna “married musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park in 2003,” her website says.
She is involved in charity for the band.
“She has led efforts with the band’s non-profit, Music For Relief, in the U.S. and abroad,” the website says.
4. Anna Says She Writes to ‘Promote Healing’
Anna’s writing has a purpose.
“Anna writes to promote healing in young people, whether it is confronting the unknown or facing a difficult truth. Drawing inspiration from her experiences as an adult with her memories of her own childhood, Anna Shinoda has many stories to tell,” her website says.
5. Anna Shinoda & Talinda Bennington Are Friends
Despite the vile apparent hack of Talinda’s Twitter page, Anna Shinoda and Talinda Bennington appear to have a positive friendship, posting about each other in glowing terms on Twitter.
Talinda tweeted that she loved and read Anna’s novel.