New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Shelley Shepard Gray


Formal Biography

Since 2000, Shelley has sold over forty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Shelley also writes historical, western inspirational romances for Abingdon Press as Shelley Gray. Her first novel with Abingdon, A Texan’s Promise, was released in October 2011 and has earned glowing reviews.

In addition to her writing as Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley has written a dozen novels for Harlequin American Romance under the pseudonym Shelley Galloway. Her first novel with Harlequin, Cinderella Christmas, reached number six on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list, and her second book for the American Romance line, Simple Gifts, won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Harlequin American Romance of 2006.

Her written essays have appeared on

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

Shelley is a member of RWA’s Published Author chapter, ACFW, and the Faith Hope and Love Chapter of RWA.  Please visit to learn more about Shelley and her books.




“Shelley Shepard Gray brings a dazzling new voice to inspirational romance. She has penned a wonderful debut novel that challenges us to find God’s will for our lives. For Anna, she had to get away from the chaotic life that she was living to realize how selfish and shallow she was being. Henry needs a little reminder that God is in control, and he needs to let Him direct all things. Ms. Gray deeply entrenches the reader in Amish country, and her writing allows us to experience their simple way of life. HIDDEN is a heartwarming romance that gently reminds us that even in the midst of life’s storms, God never abandons us and He is waiting for us to reach out to Him. This is an excellent first novel, and I will be anticipating Ms. Gray’s next offering in this fabulous series.”

~From Fresh Fiction


“If you need a “pick me up story” that is faith based, then you will want to read WANTED. I admit that I not only laughed but I cried while reading about Katie. Ms. Gray has a fan in me with the Sisters of the Heart Series, though I don’t normally read inspirational stories. I found that her writing skills pulled me in as well as the way she lets us into the thoughts of her characters, including their worries and concerns. I look forward to the next book in this series. WANTED is definitely recommended by me.”

~From Joyfully Reviewed.
*WANTED was ‘joyfully recommended’


“The third Sisters of the Heart inspirational Amish Romance is a terrific tale with three subplots that tie together around the theme of forgiving the Forgiven for their sins. The cast is strong as an obstinate Jonathan cannot move past the fire with the sister so badly hurt; Samuel and Winnie need to forgive one another if they fail to find common ground, and Anna cannot move past her mom’s rejection of her embracing love and faith in the Amish country. Shelley Shepard Gray writes a strong inspiring tale as to err may be human but to gracefully hug the forgiven is truly divine.”

~Harriet Klausner reviews
(Four Star Review)