About VC

The first thing you need to know about me is that I write Fiction full of GRACE.  Every plot is different. The characters change. Some of my books are mysteries, others are novellas, and some are romances. But they all are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

Tales that whisper hope. That speak of family and community. That remind us of God and His love.

What do I write? If I had to reduce it to four words, I suppose I’d say I write Fiction full of GRACE.
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I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.

I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.

I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band. 

My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.

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I was recently honored to be featured on the ACFW page. I’m including it because I think it speaks to the amount of grace in my life, and I’m enormously grateful that God is so willing to give each and every one of us more than one chance, more than two chances, but in fact a multitude of chances …

My First Sale:

Vannetta Chapman

by Tiffany Amber Stockton

“Finding a good balance is always a challenge. I want to live in the present that God has given me, live with intention, and be appreciative of what I have now.”—Vannetta Chapman

After graduating from college, launching into a teaching career, re-establishing a family after a painful divorce, and writing nine novels, Vannetta Chapman knows the meaning of a challenge. However, since so many others also face the challenge of balance, she sees herself as like everyone else.

God used the pain to help shape her life and her writing.

Thankfully, Vannetta Chapman’s parents have always been supportive of her in all she’s pursued. During her years as a single mom, God used the pain to help shape her life and her writing. He showed her His grace and love, and confirmed to her His plan and purpose. Eleven years ago, she met and married her husband, and she wouldn’t be the author she is today without his love and support.

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17 thoughts on “About VC

  1. Cherie Leavell January 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm Reply

    Haha I have found your blog! I am so excited to have a famous friend. Now I can hardly wait to read your book.

    • vannettachapman January 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm Reply

      YES! You found me – not a small feat in the cyber-world. : ) Now we can share cyber-chocolate as well as books. . .

      V~

  2. joysjoyfulljournal May 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm Reply

    VC;
    What a great site and we also have chocolate in common…Imagine that!
    i’m so proud to know someone of your caliber (ok – cyber-know) but in God’s eyes
    we’re even sisters…scarey for you, dear friend.
    Joyfully
    JM

    • vannettachapman May 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm Reply

      Thanks, Joy. I appreciate your stopping by – and YES, we do have chocolate in common. : )

  3. Connie Eleod August 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm Reply

    When will your mystry book be out ? Is A SImple Amish Christmas the first Amish book you wrote? I have pre-order it already and cant wait to ready it. I just join tour blog. Have a great day.
    Thanks,
    Connie
    Juzona@aol.com

    • vannettachapman August 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm Reply

      Hi, Connie. Thanks so much for pre-ordering my book! A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS is my first Amish book. I’m very excited about it. The first book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series will be out in September of next year (2011). I know that sounds like a long time away, but I’ve already turned it in, and am busy working on book 2 now!

  4. Maeve Frazier December 15, 2010 at 2:31 am Reply

    Can’t wait to read An Amish Christmas! I have visited Pennsylvania Dutch Country a couple of times and cannot wait to revisit. It is peacefully beautiful!

    • vannettachapman December 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm Reply

      Excellent! Be sure and let me know what you think, Maeve. I hope you have a very special holiday with your family.

  5. Norma Burroughs December 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm Reply

    I love all things Amish…and read all my beloved authors of Amish stories. I now count you among my favorites! I just finished reading A Simple Amish Christmas,and noticed in your acknowledgments you mentioned continued prayers for baby Kiptyn and the little boy in your story is named Kiptyn. Are you at liberty to share baby Kiptyn’s story with us? This child is heavy on my heart for some reason and I now pray for him daily.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful story…looking forward to reading more!

    • vannettachapman December 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm Reply

      Norma, I’m so glad that you liked ASAC, and I’m glad that you are looking forward to future books. : ) As far as baby Kiptyn, please do keep praying for him. He is doing much better, much better than anyone ever thought he would, but he still has a long way to go.

      I want to respect Kiptyn’s privacy, but I can tell you that I consider him a miracle baby. His grandmother worked at my school when he was born, and he was a very sick little baby. I remember Kiptyn being so on my heart and in my prayers as I wrote ASAC, and so it was no surprise that he showed up in the book … though older and with a different sickness. He is home now, and I’m sure his family would appreciate your prayers.

  6. Felicia Aaron January 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm Reply

    Ms. Chapman:
    I absolutely LOVED ASAC!! I was roped in from the start and raced home daily from work to read more about Annie and Samuel!! I felt like they were my own family!! Your ability to connect the reader with your characters brought tears and laughs as I read!! A true sign of a wonderful writer!! A continuation would be lovely as, like others that I have read, would love to follow their story (hint, hint)! I’m excited about your new book coming out this year and will be waiting impatiently until September!! ha ha I would like to say that I also enjoyed your blog and reading your thoughts leading up to the Christmas Holiday. How sad that generations have allowed the purity and life breathing moment of the birth of our Savior turn into an event that barely resembles what our Father in Heaven intended for it to be. I agree with your thoughts on our reading Amish fiction and what it speaks to us as we read. I pray if nothing else it calls wayward ones back to a relationship with their Heavenly Father and introduces others to a life giving Son. I know we are all guilty of getting off track, so during this holiday season, reading your book reminded me of my own relationship with the Father and strive to have a closer one in the new year! Thank you and God Bless your endeavors with favor!!!

    • vannettachapman January 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm Reply

      Felicia, I’m so glad you enjoyed ASAC and the blog. That means a lot to me. And yes, September will be here before we know it. Falling to Pieces is a fun Amish book, and I feel like it’s very similar to ASAC. As far as a sequel to Annie’s story, I’m still waiting to hear. Happy new year’s!

  7. Tracy Smith July 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm Reply

    Thank you, Vannetta, for stopping by my blog today and leaving such kind comments. I am glad you liked my review of your upcoming book, Falling to Pieces. I really enjoyed reading it and I really look forward to the next ones!!!

    Have a really wonderful day!!
    Tracy

  8. Jan Tindall January 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm Reply

    I started looking for Mary Ellis and a way to enter her contest…and I come to your BEAUTIFUL site!
    You must be a quilter. I have “tried” to be one from time to time but have settled in sewing easier items for our local, Medical College of VA. I’ve made a couple thousand tote bags, pillows, stuffed animals, etc.

    I had a friend, Lawson Younger, who attended Dallas Baptist.

    Thanks for the pleasure of letting a Presbyterian read your website!
    Jan Tindall, Richmond, VA

    • vannettachapman February 1, 2012 at 10:08 am Reply

      Jan, I’m TRYING to be a quilter … I’m NEW. We talk a lot about quilting on my facebook page. If you’re on that site, I hope you’ll join us. (http://www.facebook.com/VannettaChapmanBooks). As far as Dallas Baptist University, I once taught English there! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

  9. Becky August 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm Reply

    I just found you and glad I did!!! Just finishing you second book A Perfect Square, not knowing it was the second in a series..lol and that our library has the 1st book and the 3 book on order. To me you are right up there with Beverly Lewis. Lover your style of writing and the flow of the story. I know it is work, but keep them coming…lol I will recommend you to anyone that loves Amish and a good mystery,,,,ty ty ty ty
    Becky

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