Photo credit: Kristi Hedberg PhotographyHello! I'm a young adult book writer living in Asheville, NC. My debut novel, THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, is the first in a Gothic trilogy coming January 29, 2013 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.


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Release date:
January 29, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062128027 
Book #1 in The Madman's Daughter trilogy  

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid and trying to forget the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he's alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she's determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the secret of her father's new life: he experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H.G. Wells's classic The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

Foreign editions and translations:

United States/Canada: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
United Kingdom: HarperVoyager
Brazil: Novo Conceito
Spain: RBA Libros
Turkey: Dogan Egmont
France: Editions Milan
Slovakia: IKAR
Taiwan: 21st Century Publishing
China: 21st Century Publishing 

Movie rights:

The Madman's Daughter has been optioned by Paramount Pictures, with Fake Empire producing. More information can be found at this Variety Magazine article.




Release date: Summer 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Book #1 in The Cage trilogy

From Publisher's Marketplace:

THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy author Megan Shepherd's THE CAGE trilogy, following six teens put in an elaborate "human zoo" by a powerful and psychic otherworldly race, and one girl's attempts to escape without falling first for her terrifyingly beautiful captor, whose job is to keep her in the Cage forever, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, in a significant deal, for publication in Summer 2014, by Josh Adams and Quinlan Lee at Adams Literary (NA).

Foreign editions and translations:

France: Pocket Jeunesse