Sara Shepard at the Brooklyn Book Festival (2010)
April 8, 1977|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|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
Shepard's father, Larry, was American, and her mother, Mindy, was born in Toronto. Shepard grew up with a sister named Alison. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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".
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. ABC Family finally confirmed the cancellation of The Lying Game in July 2013, after Alexandra Chando had herself announced the news on Twitter and Instagram. Chando starred as the main two characters Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker.
On September 27, 2017, it was announced that Shephard’s 2014 book series The Perfectionists would be adapted into a television series as a sequel to the series Pretty Little Liars which will air on Freeform. Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish have confirmed to reprise their role as Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal. Sofia Carson, Sydney Park, Eli Brown and Kelly Rutherford have confirmed to be cast in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, as Ava Jalali, Caitlin Martell-Lewis, Dylan Wright and Claire Hotchkiss, respectively. Moreover, Hayley Erin has committed to the show but her character is kept in mystery. If picked up for a series order by Freeform, the show will release in 2019.
|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)|
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- Lesley Goldberg (July 15, 2013). "ABC Family Cancels 'The Lying Game'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
- Alexandra Chando [@alexandrachando] (July 15, 2013). "To our awesome #lyinggame fans, thank you for these two amazing seasons. Unfortunately, ABC Family has... www.instagram.com/p/byvM6mqA_K/" (Tweet). Retrieved May 19, 2016 – via Twitter. Full Instagram message (at https://www.instagram.com/p/byvM6mqA_K/): 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!
- "Chando: ABC Family Has Canceled "The Lying Game"". The Futon Critic. July 15, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
- "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Spin-Off Show Announced". Freeform.com.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 29, 2017). "The Heiresses Family Soap Starring Shay Mitchell From PLL's Marlene King & Sara Shepard Set At ABC As Put Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 1, 2017.