Actress, musician, game inventor and writer Hilary Shepard has written her first book, a futuristic YA novel called SHESUS.
The book , aimed at kids 11 and up also has grown ups loving the fast paced exciting and humorous look at a world 300 years in the future. Filled with both dark and light, humor, romance, the excitement of forbidden love and the deep loving family ties that can’t be broken, SHESUS hits powerful, universal chords that explain why it has already been embraced by an unofficial early audience of young and old alike.
Hilary Shepard started her career as a model for the likes of Gianni Versace and Diane Von Furstenberg and soon began acting, joining the world famous comedy improv group, The Groundlings, along side Phil Hartman and Kathy Griffin. She simultaneously formed the all girl rock band, American Girls, and played bass, percussion, and co- wrote all the songs for their 1984 album on IRS Records. Her songs were featured in the movies Tough Guys and Troop Beverly Hills which she also appeared in.
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Hilary has starred in over 23 movies including Private Resort, starring opposite Johnny Depp, and is best known for playing the evil queen, Divatox, in the movie Power Rangers: a Turbo Adventure”. Besides reprising her role as Divatox on the television series, she also re-occurred on television in Star Trek Deep Space 9 and appeared as a guest star and/or re-occurred on pretty much every iconic TV show from the 80ies and 90ies from Family Ties and Full House to the Golden Girls and Doctor Doctor.
As a writer she co-created the CBC sitcom “Material World” that won a Geni for Best New Show and her personal essays have appeared on the websites Freshyarn, CrazySexyLife, and The Conversation.
A proud breast cancer survivor, Hilary was recovering from several surgeries when a friend took her to see a 90 year old psychic taro card reader. The psychic who was spot on in other areas of her life, , asked her repeatedly why she wasn’t writing her book. Hilary, who hadn’t told anyone about the book she had always planned on writing based on re- occurring dreams she had when she was little, was stunned when the psychic told her the actual name of the book and that it would change the lives of young girls everywhere. Hilary had no other choice than to get off her butt and write the damn thing. Using her knowledge of all the Eco work Daryl Hannah and she have done , her experience in Science Fiction and being a mother she crafted an exciting futuristic fantasy adventure with a strong Eco message and a year later SHESUS was born. Hilary’s 16 year old daughter, popular teen model Scarlett Turner, posed for the cover of the book which was shot by her other daughter, award winning photographer Cassidy Turner.
Hilary was a Harley-Davidson model and has appeared in many of their catalogues. They even outfitted her for her movie Scanner. She used to ride a Triumph in the 80ies and her fave diner growing up on Long Island was the LandMark Diner in Roslyn, NY