Best-selling author to visit Clermont County library

Shelly Shepard Gray
By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

Shelley Shepard Gray, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, will be visiting the Clermont County Library, Union Township branch March 2.

Adam Baker, communications manager at Clermont County Public Library, said Gray will be answering questions, signing books and reading from her newest book “Daybreak,” during the event.

“Her most popular books are about Amish fiction,” Baker said about Gray. “A lot of our readers really enjoy learning about that. It’s a really interesting world.”

Baker said Gray has researched the Amish and has been able to learn much about the culture before writing fictional books.

“She takes real life stuff and turns it into fiction,” he said.

According to her website, Gray grew up in Houston, Texas, went to college in Colorado and lived in Arizona, Dallas and Denver before moving to southern Ohio.

“I started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to me,” Gray said on her website. “I wanted to write stories about regular, likeable people in extraordinary situations-and who just happened to be Amish.”

Gray has sold more than 40 books since 2000. Her novel “The Protector” was on the New York Times list and her novel “The Survivor” was on the USA Today bestseller list.

She has also received the Holt Medallion, and her novels have been chosen as alternate selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club.

In addition to Amish fiction, Gray has written historical and western romance for Abingdon Press as Shelley Gray and novels for Harlequin American Romance as Shelley Galloway.

Gray still lives in Ohio and is married with two children.

For more information about Gray visit .

The event featuring Gray will begin at 2 p.m. March 2 at the Clermont County Library Union Township Branch.

Residents who would like to attend the event can register for the program by calling (513) 528-1744 or by visiting The event is for ages 12 and up.