Sara Shepard

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Sara Shepard
Sara Shepard at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2010.jpg
Sara Shepard at the Brooklyn Book Festival (2010)
Born (1977-04-08) April 8, 1977 (age 40)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Author
Nationality American
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Fine Arts
Alma mater
Period 2005–present
Notable works Pretty Little Liars

Sara Shepard (born April 8, 1977) is an American author. She is known for the bestselling Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game book series, both of which have been turned into television shows on Freeform.

Early and personal life[edit]

Shepard's father, Bob, was American, and her mother, Mindy, was born in Toronto.[1] Shepard grew up with a sister named Ali. She graduated from Downingtown High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania in 1995. She attended New York University, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in 1999 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College in 2004.[2] From 2000 to 2005, Shepard worked at Time, Inc. Custom Publishing and produced lifestyle magazines for corporate clients. She started ghostwriting as a freelancer in 2002 and writing her own books in 2005.[2]

Shepard currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3]

Television series[edit]

Shepard's book series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game have both been turned into television series by ABC Family (now under the name of Freeform). The Pretty Little Liars series of novels is "loosely based on her experiences growing up In Chester County [3] The adaptation television series Pretty Little Liars lasted for 7 seasons. It also had a short-lived spin-off starring cast member Tyler Blackburn as Caleb Rivers, entitled Ravenswood.[4] Actresses Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, and Lucy Hale star as the main characters Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Emily Fields and Aria Montgomery. Shepard had a cameo on two episodes of the show: "The Homecoming Hangover" and "I'm a Good Girl, I Am".[5]

The Lying Game premiered on August 15, 2011 on ABC Family. ABC Family took an unusually long time to decide whether or not to renew The Lying Game beyond season 2, and the cast's contract options lapsed in April 2013 with only Alexandra Chando signing a new option.[6] ABC Family finally confirmed the cancellation of The Lying Game in July 2013,[7] after Alexandra Chando had herself announced the news on Twitter and Instagram.[8][9] Chando starred as the main two characters Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker.


Adult fiction[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Pretty Little Liars Ms. Shepard Cameo appearance; "The Homecoming Hangover" (1.07)
2015 News reporter "Sara Shepard" Cameo appearance; "I'm a Good Girl, I Am" (5.24)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodreads
  2. ^ a b Williams, Andrea (May 22, 2013). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, SARA SHEPARD, AUTHOR OF PRETTY LITTLE LIARS?". Mediabistro. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Sara Shepard Bio". Retrieved May 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ Bricker, Tierney (March 26, 2013). "ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars' Renewed For Fifth Season and Spin Off". E! Online. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Levin, Alison. "More From Sara on Her PLL Cameo!". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (April 19, 2013). "Future Of ABC Family’s ‘The Lying Game’ In Limbo As Cast Options Expire. What About ‘Bunheads’?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  7. ^ Lesley Goldberg (July 15, 2013). "ABC Family Cancels 'The Lying Game'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  8. ^ Alexandra Chando [alexandrachando] (July 15, 2013). "To our awesome #lyinggame fans, thank you for these two amazing seasons. Unfortunately, ABC Family has..." (Tweet). Retrieved 2016-05-19 – via Twitter.  Full Instagram message (at To our awesome #lyinggame fans, thank you for these two amazing seasons. Unfortunately, ABC Family has decided not to bring us back for a third season. We so wanted to do 10 more for you guys! Thanks for your support and keep up with the cast to see what's next for us!
  9. ^ "Chando: ABC Family Has Canceled "The Lying Game"". The Futon Critic. July 15, 2013. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 

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