Welcome back, Shelley. Do you have a favorite genre to write? If so, what is it?
I still really enjoy writing romance novels featuring Amish characters. I love incorporating their faith into the storylines. I also enjoy portraying the Amish in a realistic way, which usually includes my main characters falling in love.
If you didn’t live in the part of the country where you do, where would you live?
Maybe it’s because of this long, cold winter that we’ve been experiencing in
—but if I could move
somewhere else, it would be in the South near the water. I did a book signing
in Ohio , once and fell in the love with that
town. Every January, I find myself wishing I was there! Fairhope, Alabama
What foreign country would you like to visit and why?
I’ve been blessed to have traveled extensively, but I still have places I’d love to visit. Right now I have three places on my wish list—Tangier, Easter Island, and
All three seem foreign and exotic to me. I want to walk around the markets in
Tangier, sip coffee in a café in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, and
gaze in awe at those heads on Easter Island.
Unfortunately, I think to see these places means I’ll be taking three
Describe what you think would be the most romantic vacation you could take.
At the risk of sounding like a sap, any trip I take with my husband would be romantic—as long as neither of us are working! We both enjoying exploring new places and visiting with people. We’ve had great trips to both
Sweden, and .
I agree with you. Any trip with my husband is romantic. I love spending time with him. Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
I’m always on the hunt for a new place to set an Amish romance. Since the New Order Amish often do mission work outside of the
, I’d love to write an
Amish series set in a foreign country. United States
That sounds interesting. What is the main theme of this novel?
The main theme of HIS RISK is taking personal risks and chances. There are four points of view in the novel, and each person is taking a risk.
Tell us about the story.
HIS RISK is the story of Calvin Fisher, a man who was raised Amish, left the faith, made a lot of poor choices, and is now paying his debts by working undercover for the DEA. Though Calvin misses his older brother Mark, he’s glad his dangerous job doesn’t affect him. But when Mark gets sick and his wife calls Calvin to his side, Calvin returns to
to care for him. Unfortunately, he brings all his trouble to Hart County
as well. Along the way, he falls in love with Mark’s neighbor, a surprisingly
stubborn preschool teacher named Hart County .
Please give us the first page of the book.
Saturday, January 27
Sometimes, the sound of a phone ringing still caught Calvin Fisher off guard. When his cell buzzed for the second time, he pulled it out of his back pocket. Thumb hovering over the screen, he intended to press Ignore, but then he noticed the area code.
Eight months ago, he promised he’d never ignore a call from
again. As the phone buzzed a third time, the sound echoing through the
alleyway, Calvin pressed the button to answer. Hart County
“Mark, is that you?” he asked.
“Ack! Nee, Calvin. It’s Waneta,” his sister-in-law said in a rush. “Oh, Calvin. I’m so glad you answered.”
“Neeta, hold on a sec, ‘kay?” With the phone still held to his ear, Calvin motioned to the men nearby that he’d be right back and started walking. “You okay?” he asked, already feeling awkward. Of course Waneta wasn’t okay if she was calling him. She was Amish and didn’t get on the phone unless she had a good reason.
Now all my readers and I want to know what comes next. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can visit my website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com, find me on Facebook, or on Twitter, @ShelleySGray
Readers, here are links to the book.His Risk - Christianbook.com
His Risk: The Amish of Hart County - Amazon paperback
His Risk: The Amish of Hart County - Kindle
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