What was your favorite book as a child?
My favorite book was Alice In Wonderland. It’s still one of my all-time favorites. Right there with Little Women.
What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?
Boy, I can’t remember a particular book. I have always been a voracious reader and still do read a lot. I wrote my first page during my lunch hour when I was teaching sixth grade. The only reason I wrote something was because I had forgotten the book I was reading at home. I never, ever thought I would get published.
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
Hmm. I’ve been reading some of Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay romances, Charles Todd’s The Walnut Tree, and Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly. Kind of an eclectic mix!
What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
I absolutely love Anne Perry’s Victorian Mysteries. I buy them in hardcover the day they are published. Her latest one was published in March. She can’t write fast enough for me.
About Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail. Find out more about Shelley at her website or on Facebook.
Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something’s missing: a family of her own.
Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she’s always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she’s pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she’s thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he’s only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.
If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she’ll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?