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Now let's meet novelist Vannetta Chapman, author of A Simple Amish Christmas (Abingdon Press, October 2010).
Vannetta Chapman has published more than 100 articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania.
Vannetta is a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country. A Simple Amish Christmas, a CBD fiction bestseller, was released in October 2010 as her debut novel. Falling to Pieces, a quilt shop murder mystery, will be released in fall 2011. Vannetta writes Amish novels for Zondervan, Harvest House and Abingdon.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-- I'm trying to tame a dragon (Dragon speech-to-text software).
-- I have a herd of deer in my yard.
-- I'm 47 (yippee).
-- My cat sleeps in my in-box.
-- I have 4 months left on my day job.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Simple Amish Christmas.
A Simple Amish Christmas is the story of a young Amish girl who becomes a nurse before she joins the church. Then she’s called home and she must find a way to integrate her skills into her community. In the process she falls in love with the man her community uses for their minor medical needs.
Annie has to trust that God has a plan for her life, has a future for her that will include her passions, her skills, and the man she has grown to love.
I came at this story with the idea that not all Amish women would be happy with an 8th grade education, but that didn’t mean that they would want to leave their church or community either.
What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?
I think we can all relate to trying to fit in, to wondering how God can possibly use who we are or what we are--where we are. It's a deep yearning.
Why will readers enjoy your novel?
This is a very upbeat, positive novel. That doesn't mean everyone skips across the pages, but it does mean that it's filled with hope, which is my main point in writing. Though any given story may have tragedy or sorrow in it, in the end we need to see God's hand and God's grace.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
That's always fun when you're talking Amish characters, but I can see Emilie de Ravin (from Lost) as Annie.
And could I put a young Alan Jackson in for Samuel? I know he's a singer, but ...
Hey, we can use anyone we want in our dreams!
Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?
I love Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo - I think because we see the growth and change in his character.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
I read a lot! This weekend I finished Ted Dekker's Immanuel's Veins. It was wonderful, but then everything I've read by him has been wonderful.
What are you working on now?
I'm doing copy edits on book one in my Shipshewana Amish Murder Mystery series. It's titled Falling to Pieces and is due out in September. I'm also finishing up writing book two, which will release six months later.
Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available for online purchase through the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
Any questions about Amish, Texas, or about writing in general?
Thank you, Vannetta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Vannetta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Vannetta's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
Be sure to check out my interview with Cara Lynn James below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book.
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