C. Sheppard is the author of three young adult books that are
set in Newfoundland. She was born in Corner Brook, and has seven
sisters and one brother.
A journalist who has worked at Maclean's,
CBC radio, the Women's Television Network, Mary is currently the
executive producer of CBCNews.ca. She also taught broadcast journalism
at Ryerson University for five years.
Mary has a bachelor of arts from St. Francis
Xavier University and a masters of science in journalism from
She began writing fiction while living in
Europe for two years in the mid-1990s.
Mary loves to write especially about social
history and the challenges that young women have faced as they
grow into adulthood.
Her first book, Seven for a Secret,
won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz award and was named a top ten
book by the American Library Association. One for Sorrow
was published in 2008 and Three for a Wedding in 2009.
Mary lives in Toronto, is married, and has two
daughters. She visits Newfoundland regularly to stay in touch
with her family and history.
Mary is a member of CANSCAIP
and the Writers'
Union of Canada.