HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Sara Shepard

#1 NYT bestselling author of “Pretty Little Liars”


  • The Craft of Writing
  • Developing a Story for Television
  • Screenwriting
  • The Road to Publishing and The Writing Process


More Media

Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists, Heiresses, and Amateurs.

Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

Passionate about storytelling and writing, Shepard speaks on various topics from the craft of writing to screenwriting and more. From literary conferences to library and school events, a presentation with Shepard will captivate your audience.

For as long as she can remember, Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her family.

Praise for Pretty Little Liars:

“Clique lit with a mystery twist…sure to make readers reach for the next installment.”
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Lying Game:

“The Lying Game is a stay–up–past–your–bedtime type of thriller…full of amazingly believable plot twists and turns.”
--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)

“A fun and fast–moving mystery…[readers] will race through the pages as Emma pieces together clues and will have plenty to ponder as they anticipate the next installment.”
--Publishers Weekly

“A thrilling mystery with just the right doses of romance and danger.”
--School Library Journal

Praise for The Heiresses:

“A Pretty Little Liars for grown-ups, mines the bold-faced misfortunes of sisters plagued by sex-tape scandals and seersucker—and, perhaps, a serial killer.

“Deliciously dark, full of secrets and insane twists that make it impossible to put down!”
--Jenny McCarthy

“A wonderfully escapist thrill ride...an all-access pass to a glamorous world of privilege and prestige that will keep you guessing to the very last page.”
--Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

“If you miss Gossip Girl grab The Heiresses.”
--Brides Magazine

“For a true guilty pleasure, lose yourself in the glamorous—and dangerous—world of the Saybrooks, the protagonist family in this engrossing tale of money, beauty, status, and secrets from the author of Pretty Little Liars.”
--Town & Country

“The sexy, silly frolic that is summer reading kicks off with The Heiresses in which four really, really rich cousins skirt murderous mayhem in Manhattan’s priciest zip codes.”
--New York Daily News

“The ultimate guilty pleasure! The Heiresses dishes up opulent settings, high lux lifestyles, and of course, back-stabbing relatives. Combine that with wicked dialogue and a razor sharp plot, and you have a great book indeed.”
--Lisa Gardner, author of Fear Nothing

“It’s got all the goods: beautiful people, designer clothes, suspicious deaths, fabulous wealth, seething emotion, buried secrets, torrid romance, and crazy twists. The only things missing? A cool drink in your hand, an umbrella to sit under, and a weekend or two to while away.”
--Reader's Digest, 13 of the Best Thrillers to Read Right Now

Praise for The Perfectionists:

“Fans of Pretty Little Liars will line up for this new-but-familiar guilty pleasure.”
--Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A “scintillating series kickoff. Shepard expertly crafts characters that are morally complicated, yet sympathetic.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Suspenseful and juicy.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Thoroughly unputdownable. Fans of the author’s Pretty Little Liars series and the Lying Game series won’t be disappointed.”

“This novel contains an in–depth, multifaceted plot….Well written and interesting.”
--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)