I am very glad to welcome Vannetta Chapman back to The Power of Words today!
It's no secret that I enjoy her Amish fiction, but I wasn't sure what I would think of her newest novel, Hidden, because it's in a genre that I'm not overly fond of - romantic suspense. Well, let me just say that Hidden is an incredible book, and I've figured out that it's simply Vannetta's writing that I enjoy so much, no matter the genre. Please see my review of Hidden here.
Enjoy Vannetta's interview and enter to win a copy of Hidden, which Vannetta is graciously sharing with one of you. Details are at the end of this post.
Q: With Thanksgiving being this week, what is a past or current family tradition that you cherish?
My dad always bundled up plates of food and took it to shut-in folks. I was always nominated to ride along with him, and I think those experiences really shaped my attitudes about Thanksgiving, gratitude, and kindness.
Q: Tell us about the book we're featuring today, Hidden.
Hidden is the story of Dana Jacobs—who SEEMS to have it all together, but in fact is held back in her personal and spiritual life by events in her past. Faith is something she stopped having as a small child. Now Ben Marshall is in her life—a steady, calming, faithful presence, and she doesn’t know what to do with him. When they become deeply involved in a case that threatens both their town and their lives, Dana must decide if she’s going to let her past define her. She must decide whether she’s going to live in fear, or live by faith. It’s a fun, suspenseful story that focuses on God’s grace and love for us.
Q: The setting of Taos, New Mexico almost felt like a major character. What drew you to this location and culture?
Hubby and I honeymooned there 15 years ago! It’s a special place and the dramatic scenery sparked my imagination – even then before I was writing novels!
Q: What spiritual nugget or thought do you hope readers take away from Hidden? Is there one that particularly speaks to you personally, Vannetta?
The spiritual theme of the story is grace and forgiveness. When we accept the grace God offers us, we’re able to forgive ourselves as well as those who have hurt us in the past. All those things we keep hidden? They’re wiped clean by God’s powerful hand, and we’re able to live victoriously.
Q: Please share anything you'd like about your writing experience with Hidden - why you ventured into the romantic suspense genre, chose to publish independently, etc.
I read a lot of suspense and I also gravitate toward those types of movies. When they’re done well, we are drawn into this pivotal moment in a character’s life – and we are deeply concerned about what happens to them. I’ll continue to write inspirational romance, but I also enjoy the suspense genre and plan to do more things there in the future.
Q. Has the "indie" experience been rewarding and would you do it again?
It’s a lot of work! J All of writing is, but when you publish something independently, you take on the role of publisher and marketing firm. All of that is a lot to juggle, but it’s been very rewarding, and I expect I’ll continue to release indie books as my schedule allows.
Q: What stories can we look forward to in the days ahead?
Murder Tightly Knit will release in December—this is an Amish cozy mystery.Next year I’ll release another novella (An Amish Cradle) in February, an Amish cozy mystery in (Murder Freshly Baked) in June, and my new Amish romance series (Plain & Simple Miracles) in the fall. Hopefully I’ll also release Protected as an indie. So it’s going to be a busy year!
Q: How can we support and/or pray for you?
The best thing any reader can do for an author is tell another reader about our books. Most people still buy based on someone else’s recommendation. And tell your library too—I adore libraries! Prayers are always appreciated—that I will maintain the balance in my life that honors God and that I will write the stories he would have me to write.
Thanks so much for having me.
To enter the drawing for Hidden, simply answer the following question that I asked Vannetta:
What is a past or current Thanksgiving family
tradition that you cherish?
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