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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Sara Shepard stood with some of her books before her presentation at the Austintown library on June 13.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests filled the Austintown library on June 13 to listen and speak to New York Times bestselling author, Sara Shepard.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Book lovers united at the Austintown library on June 13 to meet New York Times Best-Selling author Sara Shepard.

Shepard is well-known for writing the “Pretty Little Liars” series, which was later turned into a television show. There are 18 total “Pretty Little Liars” books and Shepard began writing them in 2005.

She has always loved writing and knew she was good at writing, but never expected it to be a career. Shepard was an English major and worked with magazines. Soon Shepard became a ghostwriter for a group that put together young adult fiction books. Working as a ghost writer she learned how to write a story from start to finish, dialogue, how to be edited and work on a deadline.

“Even in my spare time I wrote short stories, I love writing stories,” said Shepard.

The audience listened to Shepard speak about her life and how she became a successful writer. Before Shepard began her story, she asked three trivia questions and whoever got them right won one of her “The Amateurs” books or audio book.

The room was filled with guests who have read Shepard’s books and those who have just seen the “Pretty Little Liars” show. Many questions during the Q&A session were a mix about the show and the books.

“I wish I was still writing ‘Pretty Little Liars’ books. I put so much of myself into the book series,” said Shepard.

The guests who attended the event could make their own drinks from the coffee bar provided. After Shepard finished speaking there were different crafts and activities to participate in. As Shepard finished signing books the guests brought, she joined in on the activities as the program came to an end.

“Everything has been amazing. I wouldn’t have dreamed of any of this,” said Shepard.

Shepard’s next book being released in November is the second “The Amateurs” book called “Follow Me.” When the second book is released, there will be a paperback version of the first “The Amateurs” book being released featuring a special short story about Mona from “Pretty Little Liars.”

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