Shay Galloway studied creative writing at Utah State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in 2012. She received her MFA from Roosevelt University in 2017. Her work has been featured in several journals and sites including Literary Mama, The Lindenwood Review, The Nasiona, and You Might Need to Hear This. Her debut novel, The Valley of Sage and Juniper was released March 2023 with Running Wild/RIZE Press. She currently teaches college English and resides in Washington with her husband and son.
The Valley of Sage and Juniper
Steadfast Genesis and defiant Isaiah are content on their famed grandfather's ranch nestled against the Rocky Mountains. When a mysterious new preacher arrives, called Leader by his congregation, the foundation of their legacy is shaken. Their pious mother, wooed by Leader's commanding presence becomes a devout member of his fold, pulling the sisters into Leader's reach. While the Depression puts pressure on the ranch, Leader's prosperity only grows. But his "church" is more than it appears. Once Genesis discovers his true intentions, she must fight to keep her ranch, and her sister, out of Leader's grasp.