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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.

Vannetta has offered to do a GIVEAWAY – the book of our winner’s choice, so be sure to leave your contact information in the comments! 

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9 Comments

  1. Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson on September 14, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I love Vannetta Chapman, the only Author I’ve been privileged to meet, and it was such a good time for me. I love her books and would love to win one now. Thanks to you Cathy for this interview and to you Vannetta for the give-away of one of your books. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

  2. Jackie Tessnair on September 14, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I love Vannetta’s books.I would love to meet her one day,hopefully one day I will get to.I loved this interview…it was great getting to know Vannetta.Thanks…

  3. Amy C on September 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I am SO looking forward to see who Callie chooses!
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

  4. Vannetta chapman on September 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hi ladies. It.s so nice to see you here. 🙂 this is a great blog, and I appreciate the guest spot!

  5. Debbie Curto on September 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I know this comment what help me win but it would be a great way way to read one of her books

  6. Dana Spille on September 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Love to win Material Witness .Thank you very much !
    jashbk@earthlink.net

  7. Nancee on September 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I just attended two of Vannetta’s book signings this week, and she is one of the sweetest people! I’ve chatted with her on FB for a while, and having the pleasure of meeting and visiting with her was definitely wonderful!
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

  8. Mandy on September 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Thanks for sharing Vannetta’s interview. Would love to read her new book. (Not sure if an Australian can be in the draw?)
    Blessings.
    mcleedu(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. wanderer on September 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I belong to a plain group and have Amish relatives so it makes me grin that readers are so interested in bonnets and buggies. 🙂

    What kind of research do you do? Do you visit Amish settlements and do you find people willing to give information?

    I don’t know if “Amish mysteries” are a new type of book, but I’ve only recently noticed them around and am curious to try one.

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