(Information compiled from Wikipedia, the Books of Bayern Wikia, and the Shannon Hale Wikia): The Goose Girl is a fantasy novel by Shannon Hale, and is her debut novel. Published in 2003 and winner of the 2003 Josette Frank Award for youth fiction, it centers on the life of Princess Anidori of Kildenree, and chronicles her journey to Bayern and the discovery of her gift of wind-speaking. It is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same title, and is book one of The Books of Bayern series. In the summer of 1999, Shannon Hale and her friend challenged each other to write a book before the semester began. Not knowing where to begin, Hale took inspiration from Robin McKinley's Beauty, and decided to write her novel based on her favorite fairy tale, The Goose Girl. Hale says: "When I was a kid, my sisters and I spent many hours with my mom’s mammoth book of fairytales. 'Cinderella' was the initial favorite on the basis of ball gowns. But despite lack of fancy gowns, 'The Goose Girl,' by the Brothers Grimm, soon moved into the lead. We were completely captivated by the story alone. Even though it was my favorite, its strangeness and brevity always left me wanting more. Why did the princess let her lady-in-waiting steal her identity? How did she learn to command the wind? And what about the prince? I thought the story fairly begged to be written into a longer work. I'm thrilled that now, some three years later, it is." She had to toss her initial 80 pages of The Goose Girl, and set aside the project to work on other things. She spent some time thinking more about the outline and even wrote it into a short story, and a year later she returned to the project. She says, "I estimate that I lugged my way through 30 total drafts of the book." She finally completed the novel in 2001, and it was published by Bloomsbury in 2003.