Happy Thursday! Continuing through Saturday (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2019 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m covering the novella & short novel categories, including Vannetta Chapman and her Carol Award nominated novel A Widow’s Hope! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be several posts per day, and a week-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Vannetta Chapman is the author of 32 published books. She has written for Abingdon Press and Harvest House Publishers, and she currently writes for Harper Collins Christian Publishing and Harlequin/Love Inspired. Her books have hit the CBD Bestseller list, the Amazon bestseller list, and her most recent release, A Perfect Amish Match, debuted at #22 on Publishers Weekly mass market list, and in August she became a USA Today Bestselling Author for Fading Into the Night (Summer of Suspense Anthology). She’s received numerous awards including the ACFW Carol Award for best mystery (Falling to Pieces), and she was a Christy Award finalist (Anna’s Healing). She recently signed a contract for an additional six books with Harelquin/Love Inspired.
Chapman has a BA and MA in English literature from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has taught for numerous writing groups and speaks around the country on writing, how to publish, and steps to finding an agent and landing a publishing contract. Chapman’s releases include Amish romance, cozy mystery, novellas, romantic suspense, and dystopian. She has tutored writers in these genres and more. She currently teaches English at Central Texas College and writes full time. She’s also the president for the Central Texas Chapter of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). Visit her at https://vannettachapman.com
A WIDOW’S HOPE
SERIES: Indiana Amish Brides #1
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2018
His scars are visible.
Hers are hidden…
An Indiana Amish Brides match
After tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, a home and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?
Hi, dear Vannetta! Welcome to the blog!
Q: Why do you write fiction? And, why specifically Christian fiction?
Vannetta: I write fiction because I read fiction…so it’s a genre that I have a real passion for. Why Christian fiction? Because life is full of grace, and I like to share that fact through my stories.
Carrie: ‘life is full of grace’ – oh i love that. Yes.
Q: Other than the Bible, what are a couple of your most cherished books and why?
Vannetta: I have “A Child’s Garden of Verses” that my grandmother gave me when I was 5. I adore that book.
Carrie: How special!!!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Vannetta: How much fuel is stored at Ft. Hood Military Base–and is it stored above ground or below ground? (hahaha, it was for a dystopian book and people really need fuel in the dystopian world.)
Carrie: LOL now I wonder whether you were able to find that out or not – it doesn’t seem like information they should make available for public knowledge 😛
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Vannetta: They would no doubt say that I should make up my mind! Poor characters change gender, age, background, hair color, eye color, name…everything except the passions of their heart. I have that from page one.
Carrie: hahaha – well, that’s the most important thing about anyone, real or fictional, anyway
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote A Widow’s Hope?
Vannetta: That His grace is sufficient. We have one special needs child (now an adult) and one child with MS (also an adult). God reaffirmed to me that His plan for them is perfect, and His grace is sufficient.
Carrie: Amen. He is so faithful ♥
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What about you? What interests you most from Vannetta Chapman’s Q&A or the Carol Award finalist A Widow’s Hope?