I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did.
I may not remember much, but I know I led a charmed life. Even
in death I''m getting something no one else does: an encore
performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never got
to meet. Now, in order to figure out what happened to me, Emma
needs to become me. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best
friends? Convince my boyfriend she''s the girl he fell in love
with? Hug my parents good night like she''s their daughter? And can
she keep up the charade even after she realizes my murderer is
watching her every move?
Let the lying game begin.
Sara Shepard's first story ever, which she both wrote and
illustrated, was about friendly yellow creatures that lived in a
backyard garden. It won second prize at the State College,
Pennsylvania, library, and was bound and placed on the shelf. (The
binding was yellow. The book was called Quizzles. Maybe
it's still there!) Sara Shepard's second story was about a
five-legged camel named Lloyd and his band of friends journeying
through the human circulatory system.
When Shepard was young, the things she wanted to be when she
grew up were a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a Claymation
artist, a geneticist, a fashion magazine editor, and, most of all,
a writer. She grew up in Pennyslvania, on Philadelphia's Main Line,
and went to college at New York University in 1995, the height of
the club kid era. While in college, she bought many pairs of purple
vinyl pants, loud leather jackets, brightly colored club kid
sneakers, and even a Day-Glo pacifier. After recovering from that
unfortunate but short-lived phase, she had a series of jobs?
interning at Elle magazine, filing important documents at
J.P. Morgan, and writing and editing at Time Inc. At each of these
jobs, she kept a separate folder on her computer of stories she
wrote when she had free time. Eventually, she got an MFA at
Brooklyn College, started receiving evil text messages from someone
only known as A, nearly got run over by her best friend's SUV, and
kept thinking she saw dead people everywhere.
Actually, that last part didn't happen. But Shepard did have all
these ideas when preparing for her young adult series, Pretty
Little Liars. It's now five books strong?the sixth in the
series, Killer, is out in June 2009. She's also the author
of an adult novel, The Visibles, which is out in May 2009,
as well as the reluctant parent of three slobbery dogs. She and her
sister, Alison, have also been creating many joint creative
projects for years (Claymation movies, art installations, video
game designs) based on a world they made up when they were 6 and 9
years old. They're pretty sure they're the only ones who find the
world funny, though.
"I had a life anyone would kill for. "
"Then someone did."
The worst part of being dead is that there's nothing left to
live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It's
enough to kill a girl all over again. But I'm about to get
something no one else does--an encore performance, thanks to Emma,
the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.
Now Emma's desperate to know what happened to me. And the only
way to figure it out is to be me--to slip into my old life and
piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my
best friends? Convince my boyfriend she's the girl he fell in love
with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my
parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she
realizes my murderer is watching her every move?
From Sara Shepard, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of
the "Pretty Little Liars" books, comes a riveting new series about
secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
"Let the lying game begin."