A big welcome back to one of our favorite authors, Vannetta Chapman. Celebrating the release of her fifth book, Vannetta visited with her heroine. She thought it would be “fun to interview Callie, since she is about to find herself--once again--in the middle of a murder investigation.” Vannetta’s A Promise for Miriam made the Christian Retailer’s top 10 fiction bestseller list.
Vannetta 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 Texas hill country with her husband.
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.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CALLIE HARPER
VANNETTA: How are you adjusting to life in an Amish community?
CALLIE: Define adjust! I don't understand half the things my Amish customers say. I'm trying to learn Pennsylvania-Dutch, but it's harder than you'd think. I love living in the small town of Shipshewana, and I have close friends who help me more than you can imagine.
VANNETTA: Let's talk about those close friends. Amish or Englisch?
CALLIE: The gals are Amish - Deborah, Melinda, and Esther. They're actually more like sisters than friends. The guys? Well, I'm still trying to decide exactly what they are. Friends? Or maybe something more ...
VANNETTA: Guys? More than one?
CALLIE: I know that sounds terrible. I never planned for my love life to be complicated. I never planned to HAVE a love life after my husband Rick died. But with Trent, Gavin and Shane it's different. I can't believe I'm saying Shane is even a possibility, though sometimes, the way he looks at me makes me feel as if I've just stepped off a roller coaster.
VANNETTA: Wow. You are definitely very busy.
CALLIE: I am! Plus there's my dog, Max, who needs a lot of attention, and the quilt shop I inherited. My life is very full and very blessed.
VANNETTA: You used that "blessed" word. How has your faith changed since moving to Indiana?
CALLIE: I suppose I might have been angry at God, back when I lived in Texas. I'd lost my husband and then my aunt. I felt really alone. But Deborah is helping me to see that God has a plan, and the pastor at my local church is patient with me when I have a lot of questions.
VANNETTA: No doubt that helps when you find yourself in the middle of a murder investigation, and you've been involved in two.
CALLIE: I am so grateful those are over. Those were very hard times, but now they're in the past. Soon fall will arrive, and we'll have the Fall Crafters Fair. It's the biggest event of the year, and I'm looking forward to it.
VANNETTA: Anything you'd like to ask our readers?
CALLIE: Well, I wouldn't mind a little dating advice. It's not something I have much experience at! Should I accept dates from Trent? He's our newspaper man and something of a shark as far as his work. And what about Gavin, who is one of our police officers? He's been a real rock for me. Then there's Shane, who I don't understand at all. He is more the handsome, quiet and dangerous type. Which one should I date? Or should I date them all?
UP NEXT FOR VANNETTA: I recently signed another 3 book contract with Zondervan for an Amish Artisan Mystery series. Plus I'll be writing a follow-up to A Simple Amish Christmas (Abingdon).
A HOME FOR LYDIA
The Pebble Creek Amish Series, Bk 2
Harvest House Publishers
A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS
Abington Press, ISBN: 1426710666, EXCERPT
OTHER SHIPSHEWANA MYSTERIES
A PERFECT SQUARE EXCERPT
FALLING TO PIECES EXCERPT
THE PEBBLE CREEK AMISH SERIES
A PROMISE FOR MIRIAM EXCERPT
A DRAWING FOR COMMENTERSVannetta will be drawing from blog commenters for one of her books.
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THE QUESTION FOR TODAY:
What's your favorite fall activity?