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Paul Grondahl with John Gray: On writing and books and rescue dogs

"I do think everyone likes the idea of forgiveness and grace and redemption... It's not too late for redemption." -- John Gray

For today's post, NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl interviews John Gray, the award-winning local news anchor, newspaper columnist and author of the recently published novel Chasing Manhattan, a sequel to last year's A Manchester Christmas. They discuss John's writing, books, the publishing world, his childhood in South Troy, the English teacher who inspired him, and his five rescue dogs.

An Emmy Award-winning television journalist and lead anchor for Fox 23/ABC News 10, John has been writing a weekly column in The [Troy] Record and Saratogian newspapers for more than 20 years. He also writes a popular monthly column in Capital Region Living Magazine.

He has won numerous awards for his television work and writing, most recently winning an Emmy Award. He has been awarded “Columnist of the Year” honors from both the Associated Press and New York News Publishers Association. He has also written three popular children’s books, God Needed a Puppy, Keller’s Heart, and Sweet Polly Petals.

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About A Manchester Christmas

A young writer is drawn to a small New England town in search of meaning for her life. Soon, she encounters kindness, romance, and is pulled into a mystery centered on an old, abandoned church and the death of a special girl. Are the images that only she can see in the church's stained-glass windows a warning, or is someone trying to reach her, to help heal this broken community? Manchester Christmas illustrates how God often uses the most unlikely among us to spread grace and healing in a wounded world. Full of love, hope, and forgiveness, this debut novel from an Emmy-winning writer will touch your heart and have you longing for Christmas in Manchester.

About Chasing Manhattan

Following the runaway success of her first novel, Chase Harrington is hiding in Manhattan. Assuming the visions from her past are behind her, Chase takes an assignment that lands her in the center of a new mystery surrounding a mansion known as Briarcliff Manor and deceased millionaire Sebastian Winthrop.

A letter, left by Sebastian, reveals three secrets surrounding the mansion where Chase is now living. Silent messages begin to appear, urging her to help those closest to her who are now in peril, including a deaf child shut away from the world and a war veteran still haunted by his past.

With her handsome boyfriend, Gavin, and faithful dog, Scooter, at her side, Chase must unlock the secrets of Briarcliff, help those she has come to love and face the surprise ending not even she saw coming.

This latest Chase Harrington adventure is so full of romance, kindness, mystery, and astounding twists and turns, it will leave you wanting to grab a flashlight and best friend, to go searching for clues in the dark.

Reviews for John Gray's novels

“Sweet, romantic, and suspenseful, Manchester Christmas is an unexpected gift.” —Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Christmas Box

Chasing Manhattan is one of the rare books where the sequel lives up to the first book. Chase and Gavin’s adventures are the perfect read for those that love New York City, a great mystery, and a little something special that pulls it all together.” —Dana Perino, Fox News, and New York Times bestselling author of Everything Will Be Okay

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