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Meet Author Vannetta Chapman!

Who am I? I’m a Texas country girl! I was a high school and college English teacher for 15 years and now I’m writing full time. I write Amish mysteries for Zondervan, Amish romances for Harvest House, and Amish novellas for Abingdon Press. I adore my job! But it feels more like a calling than…
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Meet Author Jim Callan!

Who are you? I took a degree in English intent on writing.  But I soon found I could not support a family writing and so I returned to graduate school, entering a Ph.D. program in mathematics.  This led to a career in research,  and grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Data Processing…
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Meet Author Susan Sleeman!

Who are you? I am small town girl who grew up in rural Wisconsin in a farming community of only seven hundred people. My family owned the local grocery store, where I started working at a very young age and learned the value of working hard to achieve a goal. I am the wife of a church…
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Meet Author Lisa Jordan!

Lisa Jordan is a wonderful romance writer who is celebrating the release of her second Love Inspired novel, Lakeside Family.  If you enjoyed Lakeside Reunion, you’re sure to love this one as well!   Who are you? I’m a small town woman who loves a big-time God. I wear my princess crown (my Father is…
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Featured Friday Author – Ann Gabhart!

I love books. So it stands to reason I’m going to love a blog about books. What a great place to meet new reading friends and to find out more about those people behind the books! I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ stories. I love reading about when they first started writing and how…
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Meet Author Nike Chillemi!

Who are you? As most of us are, I’m a number of things. I’m a wife, mother, animal lover, fiction writer, and Christ follower…not necessarily in that order. I’ve been a foster mother and am now the adoptive mom of a fascinating fifteen year old young woman. I’m an urban dweller who loves the ocean…
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Introducing Author Sherrie Hansen Decker!

It’s my pleasure to have romance author Sherrie Hansen Decker on the blog today!   Who Are You? … a very complicated question that requires a complex answer. Twenty years ago, I bought a dilapidated Victorian house in northern Iowa so I could move home and be nearer my extended family (nieces and nephews, because…
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Meet Lena Nelson Dooley!

Meeting and chatting with Lena for the first time is like reuniting with an old friend. Seriously. She makes you feel like you’ve known each other forever! And her writing is pretty amazing too, so if you don’t yet know this wonderful author, hang out a while and then go check out her books! It…
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Guest Author, Peggy Blann Phifer!

How many writers, if any, have ever had a work in progress (WIP) for, oh, twenty years? When I go through my file drawer and see all the partial drafts, critiques, contest entries and subsequent losses . . . makes me wonder why I persisted. The easy answer is I’m stubborn. Tenacious. Hate to quit. …
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Meet Author Deborah Raney!

If I start talking about this amazing author, I won’t be able to stop. I’m sure most of you reading this have read at least ONE of Deb’s wonderful novels. I remember reading A Vow To Cherish many years ago, and thought, wow, so this is what this Christian fiction stuff is all about. I can…
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Meet Author Lillian Duncan!

December 7, 2012 |

Writing Stories of Faith…Mingled With Murder And Mayhem Really? Christian Fiction and murder/suspense novels. On the surface the two don’t seem to go together. After all, how can a book where murders, mayhem, and bad guys abound promote Christian values? Can a writer of suspense novels make a difference in a life? Surely not, you…

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A Story of Adoption in My Family by Margaret Daley

November 30, 2012 |

In my family one of my relatives had a child at the age of sixteen. He was unmarried and the baby was given up for adoption. It always bothered him, wondering where his daughter was. He never had another child although he did marry. One day he received a call from a young woman who…

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Meet Author Darlene Franklin!

November 16, 2012 |

Who are you? I am from Ellis Island and mystery, high school sweethearts and faith hope and charity. I am from strong women, three mothers and loneliness. I am from poodle cookies and chocolate glazed mayonnaise cake. I’m from red velvet dresses and braided rugs. I am from rocks and hills, crashing waves and fog…

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Friday's Featured Author – Gail Sattler!

November 2, 2012 |

I am delighted to have Gail back with us today! She’s going to share a few thoughts on writing that I am sure you will find inspiring!     When asked to make a post that was writing related, I stopped to think of a topic. So many things jumped through my head I didn’t…

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Introducing Author April Gardner!

October 26, 2012 |

Business or Hobby—How Do You View What You Do? When I discovered I needed a business license to be “legal,” applying for and obtaining one for my fledgling home business did something for me I never expected. I’m an author and, more recently, an editor with Astraea Press. True to their claim, authors don’t make…

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Crazy Times!

October 19, 2012 |

Well, I have to apologize – due to technical difficulties and traveling non-stop for the last few weeks – I’ve been lax in my blogging, and have not managed to post my Featured Friday Author. But then I figured, since last Friday was my birthday,(not sure what that has to do with anything),  and I…

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Meet Author Donn Taylor!

October 12, 2012 |

Suspense author, Donn Taylor, joins us today! I think you’ll find his post interesting and informative! It’s nice to feature a male author for a change! LOL! Welcome, Donn! The Magic of Transitional Words and Phrases Long, long ago and in a universe that no longer exists, my high school basketball coach taught me a…

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Meet Author Becky Lyles!

October 5, 2012 |

I’m pleased to have author Becky Lyles guest posting for us today!   As you’ve probably figured out by now, writing a book rarely happens overnight. Though the first Author spoke just a handful of words—“let there be”—and complete, perfect creations popped into existence, we human authors must take time to develop our skills and…

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Meet Author Ava Pennington!

September 28, 2012 |

Who are you? So many answers to such a simple question! I’m a wife, daughter, and sister. I’m an author, Bible teacher, and speaker. I’m a transplanted girl from New York City who now calls sunny Florida her home. I’m a graduate of St. John’s University with an MBA and a graduate of Moody Bible…

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Meet Author Sarah Sundin!

September 21, 2012 |

Who Are You? I’m just your average author/pharmacist/soccer mom. All right, so that’s pretty strange. I was raised in southern California in a home full of readers and always had my nose in a book. Although I flirted with idea of becoming a writer, I also wanted to be a ballerina and a protozoologist. When…

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Meet Author Vannetta Chapman!

Who am I?

I’m a Texas country girl!

I was a high school and college English teacher for 15 years and now I’m writing full time. I write Amish mysteries for Zondervan, Amish romances for Harvest House, and Amish novellas for Abingdon Press. I adore my job! But it feels more like a calling than a job. With each book I try to share a story about God’s grace.

My husband and I have an empty nest, after 17 years of college tuition for our 4 children. We have one child who is a pharmacist, one who is a vet, and one who is a business major. We also have a special needs child who is working toward independence.

You’re more likely to see me in cowboy boots than heels, and I do not get cleaned up before I go to the gym — so sometimes I look a little frightening. I play keyboard in the praise band at my church, and I love to knit, crochet and quilt.

We have THREE cats (oh my) and an entire herd of deer who hang out around our yard. We also have four grand-dogs.

Where am I now?

A few years ago we moved from the Dallas area to a small town in the Hill Country. I love everything about it! We’re a close knit community, away from the hustle and bustle. I have no doubt this is where God meant for my husband to retire … and it’s been a perfect place for me to begin my writing career.

Since I quit my teaching job, I’m able to focus on my writing and on spending time with my family. I think it’s very important to keep that balanced as it’s easy to spend too much time on one thing and neglect the other.

My first book released in 2010 (A Simple Amish Christmas), and my fifth book released this month (Material Witness). I have 9 more coming in the next few years. All of them are Amish and all focus on the grace God gives us.

Where Am I Going?

I am completely trusting God to lead me, so I’m not sure I can answer that question! It would be easy to say “yes” to everything, but I’ve found myself saying “no” to some opportunities and waiting on others. I’ve had some really interesting avenues open up in my writing career, and I am so thankful for that.

All I know for sure is that I’m going to continue to get up, write about God’s grace, and care for my family. Any other details? Well, those are up to Him.

About Material Witness

Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is killed in the parking lot of Daisy’s Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer’s boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie.
This time it’s a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he’s looking for something or someone. If they can’t figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie’s close circle of friends may be next. Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure … this time it’s nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.

About Vannetta

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, is a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. She lives in the Texashill country with her husband.

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