Friday, September 23, 2011

with Vannetta Chapman

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Vannetta!
Is there a story behind this book?

I see a lot of people who are disconnected from the community they live in. When you contrast that to the Amish community, it's no wonder Amish books are so popular. We long for that sense of belonging. I thought I'd plop a Texas gal down in the middle of an Amish community, throw in a murder and see what happened ... but the larger story is one of finding your place, and following the path God has set out for you.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read everything! I did read The Help (Kathryn Stockett) recently and found it to be charming and well written. I'm also re-discovering Terri Blackstock and am reading Last Light which I think is just marvelous.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I enjoy playing the piano -- mostly I play classical and gospel.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Driving over tall bridges, doing my accounting, and cleaning the toilets.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Ordering pizza (no recipe required, but it tastes so good!)

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
If you look on the CBD site you'll see that my favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, and it's true that I have often clung to those words. But lately I'm spending a lot of time studying Job. Most of Texas is in a state of extreme drought and we've struggled with massive wildfires, so I'm going to share Job 38:37-38. "Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?" I envision those water jars every day, and it does bring me a lot of comfort.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
A Perfect Square is due out in March of 2012. Amish-English sleuthing duo Deborah Yoder and Callie Harper set out to solve a murder. But more than an innocent man’s future is at stake. In book two of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, God’s grace touches the long-lost past as well as lives shaken by current tragedy.

You can purchase Falling to Pieces from Amazon.

Vannetta is giving away a copy of Falling to Pieces. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Rita Garcia said...

Delightful interview! I look forward to reading Falling to Pieces!

marybelle said...

I totally agree. I know why I read Amish books - the sense of community.


Judy said...

I am looking forward to meeting Vannetta in Shipshe in November. I can't wait to read Falling to Pieces. I would love to win a copy of this book.



wfnren said...

Thank you for the giveaway.


cjajsmommy said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. Great author interview!

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


Jo said...

I love the cover of this book and it sounds like a great story. Thank you for the opportunity of entering me.


PriviesAndPrims said...

Please include me. I'd love to win this! Moving to Amish country in December!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

lgm52 said...

Fun the book cover!

Anonymous said...

"Falling to Pieces" looks to be a wonderful read. I agree, I enjoy the Amish stories for just the reason you said...the sense of community. America is lost without community and, unfortunately, it's happening more and more even in the church. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win, Ms. Chapman!
Kelly Y in Virginia

ann said...

I love Amish fiction and would really love to be able to read this one. It sounds like a very good read to me, one I would enjoy very much.

amhengst at verizon dot net

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Teela said...

I really like to read Amish fiction and would love to win this book. teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Marianne said...

have always love Vannetta's novels, and would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance.

Joy said...

This sounds like a wonderful book to read!! I love Amish and haven't read any of Vannetta's books!!

Carol N Wong said...

I really love Amish fiction and the idea a Texas girl being plopped down into the story is great. I love mysteries too, so the murder will take care of that.
This sounds like a perfect recipe for a book.


Nancee said...

Since Shipshewana is one of my favorite places, I'd love to win a copy of this book!

Nancee said...

Since Shipshewana is one of my favorite places I'd love to win a copy of this book.

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