Sara Shepard (born April 8, 1977) is an American author. She is known for her number of bestselling teen and young adult drama books.
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.
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)
Shepard's Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, The Perfectionists and The Heiresses book series have all been turned into a television series by Freeform (with the exception of the latter which airs on ABC). Pretty Little Liars and The Perfectionists were combined together for the television series. The Pretty Little Liars series of novels is "loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia's Main Line".
Pretty Little Liars, arguably the best series to date, ran for seven seasons. Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, and Sasha Pieterse starred as the main characters. They played Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Emily Fields, Aria Montgomery, and Sasha Pieterse 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 which aired in March of 2013. Alexandra Chando starred as the main two characters, Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker.
The Perfectionists was announced in late September 2017 as a full-on spin-off and continuation of Pretty Little Liars, with Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal as leading characters.
The Heiresses were announced a few days after The Perfectionists, set to star PLL lead actress Shay Mitchell.