Sara Shepard Speaks on Pretty Little Liars Casting, Television Show Adaption

There's definitely a reason why Pretty Little Liars is receiving as much hype as any new show slated to premiere this summer.

The ABC Family show is based on a book series by author Sara Shepard. How does she feel about this adaption? How much of a role did she play in the casting of Lucy Hale, Holly Marie Combs and others?

We participated in a conference call with Shepard this week and have published the most pertinent questions/answers below...

Did you have a say in the casting process?

That was all done on the other side of the country, so I didn’t know who they were going to cast, but when they did cast the girls I was very excited to see who they chose to be Ali, who they chose to be Aria, and Spencer and all of the rest. They don’t necessarily look like the girls that I described in the books, but I think that’s okay because they really embody each of the characters and they do a great job playing.

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