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Sara Shepard is an American author known for the best selling books Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series, both of which have been turned into television shows on Freeform. She has also made a cameo on Pretty Little Liars twice.
Shepard's father was American, and her mother was born in Toronto. 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 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 Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game book series have been turned into a television series by ABC Family. The Pretty Little Liars series of novels is "loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia's Main Line.
Pretty Little Liars was in the midst of airing its fifth season when on June 10, 2014 it was renewed for its sixth and seventh seasons. It had also been announced that it would get its own spin-off, Ravenswood. Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, and Sasha Pieterse starred as the main characters of Pretty Little Liars. They played Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Emily Fields, Aria Montgomery, and Alison DiLaurentis respectively. Shepard had a cameo on Pretty Little Liars in episode seven of Season One and in episode twenty-four of Season Five.
The Lying Game was canceled after its second season that aired in March 2013. Alexandra Chando starred as the main two characters: Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker.
In 2017, Sara's book series The Perfectionists was optioned by I. Marlene King and given the greenlight to air on Freeform. The show will serve as a spin-off of Pretty Little Liars. Additionally, Marlene also optioned Sara's book, The Heiresses, for a TV show, which was given the greenlight for a pilot on ABC.
Sara has a brief cameo in "The Homecoming Hangover" as Mr. Fitz's substitute English teacher while he was in New York. Her character had the same last name that she does in real life. Aria walks in and asks her for Ezra and when he'd be coming back but Miss Shepard didn't have the answers. She asks if she can help Aria with anything but Aria declines.
She appeared in "I'm a Good Girl, I Am", this time as a news reporter. Sara Shepard reports about Alison's trial.
Pretty Little Liars series
- Pretty Little Liars (October 12, 2006)
- Flawless (March 7, 2007)
- Perfect (August 21, 2007)
- Unbelievable (May 27, 2008)
- Wicked (November 25, 2008)
- Killer (June 30, 2009)
- Heartless (January 19, 2010)
- Wanted (June 8, 2010)
- Twisted (July 5, 2011)
- Ruthless (December 6, 2011)
- Stunning (June 5, 2012)
- Burned (December 4, 2012)
- Crushed (June 4, 2013)
- Deadly (December 3, 2013)
- Toxic (June 3, 2014)
- Vicious (December 4, 2014)
- Pretty Little Secrets (PLL 4.5) (2012)
- Ali's Pretty Little Lies (PLL 0.5) (2013)
The Lying Game series
- The Lying Game (December 7, 2010)
- Never Have I Ever (August 2, 2011)
- Two Truths and A Lie (February 7, 2012)
- Hide and Seek (July 31, 2012)
- Cross My Heart, Hope To Die (February 5, 2013)
- Seven Minutes in Heaven (July 30, 2013)
- The First Lie (#0.5) (2012)
- True Lies (#5.5) (2013)
The Heiresses Series
- The Heiresses (May 20, 2014)
The Perfectionists duology
- The Perfectionists (October 7, 2014)
- The Good Girls (June 2, 2015)
- The Visibles (May 5, 2009)
- Everything We Ever Wanted (October 10, 2011)