Gail Shepherd passed away in February 2020. In addition to being a beloved contributor for Mixed-Up Files, Gail wrote long-form profiles and investigative pieces and an award-winning restaurant column for New Times in Palm Beach County. Her columns appeared in the Best American Food Writing. She was also an investigative journalist for Palm Beach Free Press.
Gail was author of The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins, published by Penguin Books, a Kathy Dawson imprint. The book won four starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the School Library Connection.