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INTERVIEW WITH VANNETTA CHAPMAN
What triggered the idea for the Defending America Series? We were vacationing in Whitefish, Montana and taking day trips into Glacier National Park. The scenery is breathtaking, which of course started my mind to thinking, “What if…” which resulted in Coyote’s Revenge. Then when I wanted to continue the series, I thought what other iconic place in America would make a good setting? And of course, Roswell popped into my mind.
How long did it take you to write each story? Probably six months.
Who’s your favorite character? There’s a lot of characters in Coyote’s Revenge I like, but I’d have to say that Aiden is my favorite. He’s handsome, rich, and a genuinely good guy — but he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. He’s trying to make up for what he perceives as sins of his past, not because others haven’t forgiven him but because he hasn’t forgiven himself. His journey to redemption (which wouldn’t be possible without Madison) is one that I think we can all relate to.
From Roswell’s Secret, it’s such a split between Dean and Lucy. She is so spunky and brilliant and naïve. As for Dean, in my mind, he’s the quintessential reluctant hero. Dean just wants to do the job and stay out of the spotlight.
Tell us a little bit about your “other” job. I’ve been writing full time for 7 years now; however, I missed teaching so two years ago I applied for an adjunct position at my local community college. Now I teach freshman English 2 mornings a week during the fall and spring semester. I love it!
When did you start writing? It was after I finished my graduate degree. I had taken yet another job teaching and the school I was at was a terrible working environment (though I loved the kids). I kept thinking, “There has to be another way to make this amount of money–teachers aren’t paid that much!” That was when I began writing in earnest.
Why did you decide to step away from Christian Fiction to Clean Romance for this series? I love reading mainstream fiction, but the graphic violence and sex often seem over the top to me. I wanted to prove that you could write a “clean” book that was still intense and captivating. I also would like to pull some mainstream readers over to my Christian fiction.
What is the hardest part about being an author? Everyone says the marketing, but honestly, I think the hardest part of writing is just the DOING IT every day. It’s a lot of work–whether you’re writing new pages, editing, or marketing. None of it “does itself” so you have to show up, work hard, and then pray for the best.
Who is your favorite author? As I mentioned, I love mainstream suspense–so Lee Childs and Justin Cronin and C.J. Box are just fabulous. I also like to read sweet stories too though–which recently includes Regina Jennings, Shelley Shepard Grady, and Richard Paul Evans.
What is your favorite book? Eek! Some books that I think are fabulous include The Road (Cormac McCarthy), The Stand (Stephen King), and the Nightingale (Kristin Hannah).
Anything you want to brag about? My family is pretty awesome–hubby, 4 grown children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a herd of deer.
Now for the important questions:
Pepsi or Coke? Water
Candy, cookies, or cake? Cake
Favorite food? Chocolate!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning, tea with dinner
Favorite vacation? Mackinac Island was pretty great. London was too. Can I go back now and escape this Texas heat?
Favorite TV show? This Is Us
Favorite Movie? Cinderella Man (Russell Crowe)
I hear you have a unique hobby. How did you get started quilting? I was writing for Abingdon Press and they did a Quilts of Love series. They suggested we try attending quilt shows to sell books. I did that for several years and I’d walk around and think “Maybe I could do the easy ones.” I still consider myself a beginner, but it’s something I love to do. It provides a nice break from the computer. Some gals at our church even made lap quilts that we draped across the pews at church. It’s so nice and colorful and welcoming.