Author of the Week- Vannetta Chapman

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I’d like to introduce everyone to Vannetta Chapman, our new Author of the Week! Vannetta has had many of her Amish fiction books featured here on eReader Girl, so now it’s time to get to know the author behind the books better. Vannetta has a new independently published book out, so be sure to check it out and show her our support, you’ll find the link below in the interview! Feel free to ask Vannetta any questions you may have in the comments section.


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.
I was born in Los Angeles and lived on the east coast, but I’ve been in Texas since I was 9. I’m a Texas girl through and through from the soles of my boots to my western blouse. I’m an avid reader. It’s not unusual for me to read 2-3 books a week. Hobbies? I have lots of those! Crafts—crocheting, quilting, etc. I also love to travel, hike, camp, and kayak. Gardening is a favorite pastime, although it’s a challenge because we have a lot of deer in our area who like to eat anything I plant. My husband and I have 4 grown children, and I enjoy visiting with them, going to the movies, out to eat, whatever they want to do. Lastly we have 3 pets—2 cats and a Labrador.

2. When and why did you start writing books?
It was while I was finishing my graduate work for a MA in English. We had a lot of reading to do and even more writing. I found I enjoyed it immensely, but that I wanted to write things of a less academic nature. That was 15 years ago, and it’s been an incredibly fun journey with 10 books published through major Christian publishers and 7 more contracted. HIDDEN is my first independently published book.

3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?
I was teaching full time at the high school and collegiate level. I very much enjoyed doing that, but at one point I had 6 books due for 2 major publishers. I felt pretty pressed for time, and I rarely was able to do things with my husband or kids. So I decided it was time to choose—and writing won.

4. Which one of your books or characters is your favorite?
Ack. That’s a very hard question. I like Callie in my Shipshewana Amish mystery series, because in a lot of ways I AM Callie. I can certainly relate to her. She even has a yellow lab, which I did NOT have when I wrote those books, but I do have now!

5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?
I had trouble writing The Christmas Quilt. I didn’t know how to write an entire book around a quilt. I was used to killing people in my mystery books. Then I heard my pastor preach on the 9 fruits of the spirit, and I was writing about a 9 patch quilt. That gave me the idea to imbed 9 shorter stories within the larger framework of The Christmas Quilt. I loved the result.

6. Who is your favorite author and book?
I’ll go out on a limb here because I know a lot of people will not agree with me—Stephen King! He’s an excellent writer of characters and heroes against impossible odds. Probably my favorite book of his was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, which is a short book but quite good. It’s the story of a young girl lost in the Appalachian woods. After reading it, I declared I wouldn’t hike with anyone who hadn’t read it!

7. What book are you reading right now?
I’m reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and I just finished Personal by Lee Child.

8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?
Often it can be something as simple as a song I hear that touches me in a particular way. Or it can be someone I see or someone I know. Always it’s the character first for me.

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I really do like being outdoors—whether it’s hiking, camping, or just taking my dog for a walk. When I’m inside, I’m happy to read or watch movies or craft.

10. Do you have any new books in the works?
Yes, I do! Murder Tightly Knit will release in December. It’s the 2nd book in my Amish Village Mystery series. And then there will also be a sequel to HIDDEN releasing in the spring. It’s entitled PROTECTED and is the story of Dana’s sister, Erin. She operates a rescue shelter for animals, but finds herself rescuing something she never could have imagined.

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  1. Thanks so much for allowing me to be Author of the Week with ereadergirl. What fun!

  2. Elizabeth Suiter says

    Congrats Vanetta. Love your books.

  3. Thank you, Elizabeth! I appreciate your stopping by the blog!

  4. Hi Vannetta!
    Love your books.
    Blessings, Tina

  5. Jennifer Hibdon says

    Vannetta, I so enjoy the glimpse into your life you share with your readers, through social media and interviews. Can’t wait to read Hidden!

  6. Stephen King?! No, I don’t think I’ll go hiking with you. 😉 Great interview, Miss Vannetta.