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Have you met Vannetta Chapman? She’s visited several times (Deep Shadows, Joshua’s Mission, Anna’s Healing, Murder Freshly Baked, and Hidden), and I am so excited to have her back again with her newest novel, Sarah’s Orphans! Before we visit, here’s a quick look at the story.
Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. Life suddenly gets complicated when a series of tragic events unfold, leaving her in charge of the household.
Alone with her younger siblings, Sarah is exhausted but finally at peace. Then she nearly runs over a small Hispanic boy with her buggy…and somehow finds herself sheltering two more orphans.
Paul Byler moved to Cody’s Creek to help his brother in a time of need. But now that Joseph has recovered from his heart attack, Paul’s ready for a quiet place of his own. The only problem? His new property lands him next door to the orphaned Yoder family—and a calling from God he can’t seem to ignore.
A story of extraordinary grace and love in the face of desperate need, Sarah’s Orphans is the third standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection by Vannetta Chapman.
Welcome back, Vannetta! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color? Purple
Favorite writing snack? KIND bar
I liked those, too, until I found out (the hard way!) that I’m allergic to them… Favorite beverage? Coffee
Favorite animal? Cats and dogs
Favorite ice cream flavor? Neopolitan
Let’s talk about Sarah’s Orphans. What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
I’m so happy to share this final book in the Plain & Simple Miracles series. Inspired by James 1:27, I couldn’t help wondering how that commandment to “look after orphans and widows in their distress” applies to the church today. Do we still have orphans among us? Is it still up to us to take care of them? And then my research turned up cases where the Amish have adopted those in need, whether or not they were previously a part of the Amish faith. The result is, I hope, inspiring fiction based on real life events. May you be blessed and more aware of the orphans around you.
What a great challenge! It’s easy to get comfortable in our own routines and not look around at others and their needs… Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Oh, you’re going to love Mateo and Mia, the two orphaned children. Actually there’s only a few characters in this story that aren’t my favorite.
I can’t wait to meet them! 🙂 Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
Hiking, gardening, quilting, and playing the piano
I’m not sure I’d want to hike with you in Texas… Up in the Rockies, absolutely! And I’ve seen your beautiful quilts on Facebook — so fun! <3 How about a hot topic. Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I read on my e-reader for an hour every day while I’m on the treadmill. It makes the time go much faster! But in the evening I read paper books to give my eyes a rest.
Such a diplomatic answer. 😉 How did your education or previous career impact your journey to publication and where you are now?
I have an MA in English which definitely did help me as far as the technical side of writing. I also taught for 15 years, and I think that gave exposure to a lot of different people in different situations–both very good things when you are a writer.
That would be helpful. If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
Keep writing! My 9th book written was my 1st book sold. Sarah’s Orphans is my 17th release in 6 years, so yeah … keep writing!
Wow! That’s amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us again today, Vannetta!
Your turn! Are you a quilter? If not, would you share one of your hobbies (besides reading…lol)?
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com.
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