NEW WORLD: Local YA author Megan Shepherd's newest book, The Cage, is set in an alien zoo whose inhabitants are abducted teens. Photo courtesy of the author

Author Megan Shepherd launches one series and sells another

Brevard native and best-selling YA novelist Megan Shepherd, the author of the Victorian Gothic Madman’s Daughter series, recently announced that she had sold The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, a middle-grade fantasy in the vein of The Secret Garden. The book had sold at auction, meaning that editors at several publishing houses bid for the chance to take it on.