Sad Loss for Mixed Up Files

Today, our writing family on From the Mixed Up Files lost a friend and collaborator. Gail Shepherd passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

She was part of our writing family here, regularly contributing to our editor/agent spotlight feature. She was also a debut author: her book THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS just released in November of 2019 (Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin Random House)
We grieve our loss of a friend, a colleague, and a bright voice in middle-grade literature.

Gail Shepherd

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

Heather Murphy Capps
Heather Murphy Capps has always had a deep appreciation for comfort and elegance. She and Claudia would have run out of money quickly together but would absolutely have been on the same page about taxis and nice restaurants. And of course, solving mysteries about beautiful art. That said, Heather also appreciates Jamie’s love of complication, which is why she spent several years living in rural Kenya and then became a television news reporter, which involved standing for hours in the middle of hurricanes and political battles. Now she’s raising middle-grade readers and writing for them. She loves to read and write books with lots of great science, magic, mystery, and adventure. Heather is the communications coordinator for Mixed-Up Files, as well as creator/curator for our We Need Diverse MG series. She is committed to creating more diversity in publishing.
  1. I’m so very sad to hear of Gail’s passing. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

  2. Gail was such a warm, caring, fun person and a talented author. Sincere condolences to her friends and family. 💖

  3. Sending heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  4. So heartbreaking. Sending out love to all of you who knew and loved her.

  5. I am so sad to hear of this. I LOVE her book and was hoping to read more of her work. Thanks for letting us know.

  6. I was devastated to learn of Gail’s passing earlier today. She was a talented writer and a friend.

    One minor correct though – her book came out last March, not November.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss, and for the loss to Gail Shepherd’s family, friends, and children’s writing community.