Saturday, December 3, 2022
Monday, November 28, 2022
Shelley Shepard Gray
Tell us about the book:
COMING HOME is the first book in my Woodland Park Firefighter Series, which focuses on three army veterans who became firefighters in a small, rural town in the mountains. In this particular book, my hero, Anderson Kelly has returned to his hometown after a long absence. He’s thrilled to be back, but when he keeps running into his former high school sweetheart, he knows that he owes her a long overdue apology. The sweetheart is Chelsea Davis. She’s a single mother of an eight-year-old and wants nothing more than to never cross paths with Anderson again. When their jobs force them to spend time together, each realizes that although there’s a wealth of problems between them, there’s also still a spark which neither can deny.
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I very much enjoy writing a variety of novels. I like continuing to stretch and challenge myself as a writer. However, I believe that the basis of each novel are the characters. I love to create complex, imperfect, likeable characters in my books. If I start dreaming about them-or find myself imagining how they might react to a certain situation, I know I’m on my way to writing a book that readers will enjoy.
What is your current work in progress?
I’ve always worked on several
books at a time. Today I’ve been working on a novel set in Pinecraft, Florida
called HER SECRET HOPE. LOL, whenever the weather’s cold or rainy here in Ohio
I love spending my days thinking about the beach.
What three things about you would surprise readers?
Let’s see…1) I’m a mess. My husband is constantly picking up after me.
2) I used to stutter and still do if I’m very excited or very upset.
3) I probably
read as many books as they do a year!
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
We have two
dogs, so they’re my main hobby. I also love to travel and love going on cruises
and trains. I always, always have some kind of trip planned for at least a year
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Timelines! I’m terrible at timelines. I write notes, fill out charts, and give my manuscripts to a first reader to help me fix them. I’ve gotten better, but it’s still my Achilles’ heel. I’m not sure if I’m going to ever completely overcome that problem.
Share your bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestsellin author Shelley Shepard Gray has published over a hundred books. She currently writes Amish and Inspirational romances for Revell, Hallmark, Kensington, and Harlequin. She also writes contemporary women’s fiction for Berkley romance and Blackstone Publishing. With over a million books in print, and translated into more than a dozen languages, her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists.
Shelley has been featured in the Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, and USA Today. She has also been interviewed on NPR as well as numerous regional radio stations.
Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and later obtained her master’s degree in educational administration. She currently lives in northern Ohio, walks her dachshunds, bakes too much, and writes full time.
Facebook: Shelley Shepard Gray
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.
Psalm 32:1 MSG
Nate was at bat. The pitcher was like the giant Goliath. Strike one. Strike two. Strike three.
Shoulders slumped, Nate returned to the dugout. His coach patted him on the back,
encouraging him. “Shake it off. You’ll have another chance.”
The next time it was his turn, he watched the umpire wipe home plate clean. Then Nate
approached, and pushed his cleats into the dirt, finding the best place to stand. He took a couple
of practice swings. The fastball zoomed toward him. Strike one. Strike two. Then he smacked the
ball over the fence. A home run! He ran the bases to the cheers of the crowd.
God gives us a fresh start when we strike out, as Nate did. Our Coach is the Lord God
Himself. He’s our Encourager, giving us a fresh start. Let’s not be hard on ourselves for past
mistakes. Our Coach died for our sins.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being my Coach and giving me a fresh start. I long to hit a home
run for You, giving You all the glory. Amen.
The King’s Daughters
A Women’s Devotional
B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.
As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.
Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).
She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.
Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).
She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.
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