Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Inspirational Romance Author Vannetta Chapman

It's so nice to have you visit the Book Loft today, Vannetta! Is there a story behind your book A Wedding for Julia?

I was beginning a Bible-in-90-Days study, and we reached the portion in Genesis where Isaac meets Rebekah. "Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother." Genesis 24:67 It occurred to me that Isaac met Rebekah, married her and then he loved her. And then God began to speak to my heart. Sometimes in love, and in life, things don't occur in the order we expect them to. But God is still in control, and He still has a perfect plan for us. I wanted to write a modern day story of that kind of love--an unexpected love.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 

I read all genres--from New York Times bestsellers to books friends loan me. I read a lot! Recently I've read and enjoyed Richard Mabry's "Stress Test," Carolyn Zane's "Beyond the Storm and Joyce Magnin's "Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise."

Which character in A Wedding For Julia most interested you while you wrote? 

I love my main characters, Julia and Caleb. But the character who surprised me the most was Ada, Julia's mother. She's so old, so crippled, and yet she shoulders on. And God uses her in mighty ways! Ada is a rock, and I think we all have people like that in our lives, but we don't always realize it. 

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Too many to post about here, but my husband affectionately calls me "mud dobber." When we're hiking, if there's mud I always manage to go directly through it or fall in it, while he remains perfectly clean. I don't understand how it happens, but it does.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

I laugh a lot. I think it's good for the soul. I watch television shows that make me laugh (Duck Dynasty), read books that make me laugh and try to surround myself with positive people. My pets make me laugh a lot. We have 3 cats and a lot of deer. It's like a 24 hour comedy show.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

We recently moved to a small town in central Texas, after living for 35 years in Dallas. I love living in this small town. I love seeing cowboys in the grocery store, cattle trucks at the stop light and there is no telling what you will find when you stop by the vet's. Small town life has turned out to be a lovely thing for us. If you haven't visited central Texas, please do! It's a wonderful area.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood? 

My dad holding my hand. My dad passed 16 years ago, but I have no trouble remembering him. I love the way he held my hand when I was a little girl and he was walking me to school, and also when I was a grown woman and he was walking me to my car. He was a very caring, affectionate person and I can't wait to see him again!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 

Cleaning the toilet, mopping floors, those sorts of chores. I DO them, but I put them off. I used to put off exercising but recently I switched to doing it first thing in the morning. That's worked a lot better!

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

We love to camp and hike, so any state or national park would be my favorite. We recently visited Bandera, Texas and had a lovely time at the Hill Country State Natural area. 

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

Yes! I try to always visit the place I'm writing about. For my Pebble Creek series I spent a week in the Cashton area. It was wonderful visiting with the local Amish, the inn keepers, and the shop owners. This is a lovely part of Wisconsin, and now I have friends there who I can call, email or visit.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?   

God's grace. My goal in every book is to make the reality of God's grace evident to my readers. 

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book is The Christmas Quilt, which is part of the Abingdon Quilts of Love series. This is a sequel to my first book, A Simple Amish Christmas

Here's a teaser:

Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife. And most days, she finds herself taking the buggy to her brother, Adam's home. Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives.

But God's plans are different from Annie's and she may not finish the quilt in time. And, it may hold a far greater significance that she ever imagined.
Available October 2013

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Vannetta Chapman is giving away a copy of A Wedding For Julia. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Wendy Newcomb said...

I would really like to win this book, it sounds so good and I love Vannetta's books.


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

wonderful interview thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

rubynreba said...

Please enter me for A Wedding For Julia. I enjoy Vanetta's books very much and this looks like another great one.

Patty said...

Thanks for the interview ladies! I don't think I've ready any of Vannetta's books...


Cindi A said...

Nice interview. I, too, enjoy camping and seeing different areas of nature. Seeing the pics of your deer on Facebook always makes me smile.


Emma said...

A Wedding for Julia
sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading all of your books.

Nancee said...

Would love to win a copy of Wedding for Julia. Vannetta Chapman is a great author!

Patsy said...

I love reading anything Amish!


KayM said...

"...a modern day story of...unexpected love." What romance reader wouldn't want to read that kind of story? A Wedding for Julia sounds wonderful. I love the trailer.

Good for you on the exercising, Vannetta! I need to follow your example.

Thank you for offering a copy of your book.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Library Lady said...

We have Vannetta's books in the church library. I would love to win this one to add to our shelves.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Janet E.

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Good memories of dad. I don't look forward to the day mine leaves me.

Doreen Brannan
Priviesandprims@yahoo dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Vannetta Chapman said...

It's been so much fun visiting the BookLoft. Thanks for having me, and a big than you to everyone who has entered to win a copy of A Wedding for Julia.

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

Would love to add this book to my shelf with the others from Vannetta -- love her style. Please accept my entry in this wonderful giveaway. Thank you,

MsRubyKat said...

Love reading Vannetta's book. Would love to read her newest book. Thank you.
Karen G.

Judy Corbin said...

Loved this interview! I think it is one of the very best that I have read about Vannetta! I now have a couple questions that I want to ask her later. I have read all of her books and cannot wait until the next one comes out in print.

sm said...

I would love to read A WEDDING FOR JULIA. Thank-you for the contest. sharon,CA

Veronica Sternberg said...

I liked the first two in this series and look forward to reading this one! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kevlin said...

I love, love, love reading Vannetta Chapman’s books. Have this one on my wish list. Thank you for the giveaway.

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