Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I'm thrilled to have Shelley  on my blog today. Please welcome her with your comments.

Every comment and email address will have a chance to win one of her beautiful books and a handmade Amish handcraft!


How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?


I’ve always loved writing, but I never even considered writing until the last year I taught school. Then I just wrote for fun. When we moved to Ohio, my husband suggested I go to the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America meeting. An announcement about their Saturday meeting was in the paper. After my first meeting, I began to try to write a book in earnest.

What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?

I write inspirational Amish romances for Avon Inspire. I like writing stories about men and women falling in love, but also deepening their faith. I also love writing about the Amish. Soon, I’ll be also writing historical western romances.

How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?

I usually write 6 days a week. Right now, I aim for 10 pages a day Monday-Friday, and 5 pages on Saturdays. I take Sundays off. The length of time it takes me depends on the deadline and how the book is going. I’ve written a book in six weeks before, but I wouldn’t recommend it! Three months is my idea amount of time.

Tell us about your new book. What is the spiritual message in it? What can readers expect to get from reading it? How and where can readers buy your book?

My newest release is titled Autumn’s Promise. It’s the third and final novel in my Seasons of Sugarcreek series. It’s an Amish romance with a twist. My heroine is English, and my hero is Amish. They’ve both been through a lot, and must decide how much they are willing to give up for love.

I depended on a verse from Philippians to guide me. Basically, the spiritual message is that we’re all ‘works in progress’, and that the Lord gives us obstacles in life to discover more about ourselves. Both my characters lean on that verse.

Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through?

I might be in the minority, but I’ve never felt like giving up. For me, getting the opportunity to make up stories is such a blessing. But, yes, I completely agree with you, writing is a very solitary job, and it can be extremely challenging and discouraging.

Before writing Amish romances for Avon Inspire, I wrote sweet romances for Avalon Books. It took me quite a while to sell a book to them. Then, after that, it took me another three years to sell to Harlequin American Romance, where I write for them as Shelley Galloway. Now I’m juggling big work loads and lots of deadlines. Sometimes I get just plain tired!

On those days, I give myself a break and go for walks or shop~anything to be out of my house and around other people. I also find a lot of support from my critique partners. We’ve been together over 10 years, and have each had our ups and downs. They know what I’m going through, so talking to them helps.

Once I give myself permission to take a break, within a day or two, I’m anxious to write again. : )

Who’s inspired you the most?

I would have to say my father inspired me the most. He’s been gone for some time now, but his success in life made me realize that anything was possible. So, I often try to have big dreams and work as hard as I can.

Do you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could?

Ha! I could spend an hour on likes and dislikes! I really enjoy baking and reading cookbooks. I also love spending time with my kids. They’re older now, so any moments I’m with them make me very happy. We also have two dogs. The miniature dachshund is my little buddy. I love taking her on walks.

I love to travel, too, and have been fortunate to have traveled to a lot of different places, both in the United States and in Europe. Lately, I’ve been telling my husband I want to go on two different cruises. One is a transatlantic cruise, and stop in Casablanca. The other is a northern European cruise, and stop in St. Petersburg. Obviously I’m still dreaming about big things!

Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out? Anything else you’d like to share? Promotional information?

My website is http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com/, and I write a blog on it about once a week. I’m also very active on FaceBook, and have two pages there, a Fan Page and a regular page, where I post little things about my days. If people are interested, I’d love for people to ‘friend’ me there!

I give a lot of books away, and offer contests and drawings with almost every book release. My next release is GRACE, which will be published in October. It’s a Christmas romance, and a continuation of my first series with Avon Inspire, the sisters of the heart series. I’ll post information about that book on both my website and on FB.

Thank you so much, Shelley for sharing with us a bit of your life!

Folks, don't forget that comment and email address! You don't want to miss a chance on winning a book from Shelley!

Blessings!

30 comments:

Michelle V said...

I love Shelley's books and I love this series! I can't wait for Autumn's Promise! Please enter me.

Blessings
Michelle V
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Julia M. Reffner said...

I'm sure your dad would be so proud of your work and all that you've done. Great interview!

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Carmen7351 said...

Shelly is a "new" author for me. Would love to read her book. Please enter me.
Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Carol Ann said...

Wonderful interview, ladies. Shelley, I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing journey. Autumn's Promise sounds great. I love the premise and also the cover. My brother has a miniature dachshund. One of the funniest things I've seen is that tiny dog dragging a huge bone she'd stolen from their boxer and trying to stuff it through the little doggy door into the house! Looking forward to your October Christmas release!

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Contact: CarolAnn.Erhardt@gmail.com

Wendy said...

Sounds like a good book. I like romances that increase our faith.
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Anne Payne said...

I just found her books at my library! So happy to find another author of Amish fiction. Look forward to reading them, and possibly winning this new one!

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katychick said...

I am in need a new and good book
Tess
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Linda Kish said...

Sounds wonderful. I'd love to read it.

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Kathryn Page Camp said...

My father was my inspiration, too, although I don't want to write like him (too academic). But he taught me how big the world is and yet how important each one of us is to it. Daddy's been gone ten years, and I'm still learning his lessons.

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Jo said...

What a interesting interview that was. Your Autumn Promise book sounds great. Would love to read it. Please enter me.

Blessings,
Jo
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Patsy said...

Reading Amish books are my very favorite. Went to Austin to visit my daughter a while back and saw an Amish furniture store. Wanted to stop so bad, but didn't have time. Maybe next time. Thanks for giving away as copy. Sounds like a great book.
plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Mozi Esme said...

I haven't read Shelly's books and would love to try this one; it looks sweet!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/08/autumns-promise.html

Katie said...

I'm a fairly new reader of Shelley's books... so far I've greatly enjoyed them... would love to win this title!

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Molly(Buukluvr81) said...

I love everything Amish so please enter me please :-)

Thanks,
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Ann Lee Miller said...

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barbjan10 said...

I've not read Shelley's writings before, she is a new author to me. She interviewed very well and I'd really like to read her book. The storyline is different, life from a different perspective. Thank you for the chance to win this good book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Sharing God's Love,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Emma said...

Great interview .Autumn’s Promise sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Carole said...

I enjoy Shelley's writing and Seasons of Sugarcreek is a great series. I enjoyed the interview and appreciate the chance to win Autumn's Promise.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Emily said...

Never read anything from her before, but this looks really awesome.
Please enter me!

Emreilly303@gmail.com

barbjan10 said...

I'm not sure when this giveaway ends, but I'd like another chance to win. It looks like a very appealing read. Thanks for a chance to win.

Blessed Be in Christ,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Maureen said...

I Love your books Shelley!
I also enjoyed your interview...I would love to take a cruise around the Greek Isles ...doubt that will ever happen now, but it is nice to dream.
Please enter me.

Carman sent me!
Maureen

grannyvon said...

I have not read Shelleys books before but I love the Amish books and look forward to maybe wining it. Her name will be put on the Must read list ybutler@oppcatv.com

Merry said...

I've read a bit about Autumn's Promise and it sounds terrific. Please add me!
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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

I have read some of Shelley's books. I'd love to be included in this book giveaway. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sheila said...

uSound great. Carmen sent me

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wmmahaney said...

I love books that are in an Amish setting! This would be a wonderful read.
wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

LaTawnia said...

Please enter my name. I have just started getting into Amish stories. This sounds like a good one!

latawniakintz[at]yahoo[dot]com

Tara said...

I am always looking for new Christian authors and series! I would love to win a copy!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

Nancye said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! I LOVE reading books about the Amish. Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net