Falling To Pieces
A Shipshewana Amish Mystery book 1
by Vannetta Chapman
The idea for an Amish cozy mystery came from my editor at Zondervan. I happen to think the focal point of the story is not the murder, but the friendships that develop within the community. And THAT was inspired by so many middle-aged women I know who feel isolated and are longing for true, meaningful friendships.
Most books I write in 4-6 months. I'm sure it didn't take any longer than that, as I had one due every 6 months for this series.
I did fall in love with Max, the golden retriever. He's one of those "characters" that just popped up without asking permission. lol. However, I think experiencing the unconditional love of a pet was an important break-through moment for Callie.
My goal is always that readers will be more aware of God's grace in their life.
My editor at Zondervan chose Shipshewana. I had never heard of it! Since then we have visited many times, and the people are always lovely.
Ack! I have problems with character names. If I hear a good name, I'll make a not ein my phone. I'm always running out of names! :)
Hubby and I were sitting outside at a local burger join. I started talking to him about the last time we were there with the dog--and I knew something was wrong by the look on his face. Then I remembered, we don't have a dog! It was a scene I wrote in the book! This happens more often than I care to admit.
Jeremiah 29:11 has long been a verse that I cling to.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
In this story, Callie's faith is in its infancy, and Deborah does not try to convert her! However, she does constantly remind her of God's faithfulness. I hope, as readers enjoy this book, that they too will be reminded God has a plan for each of us.
Vannetta Chapman writes 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 first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.
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In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books---faith, community, simplicity, family---with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women---one Amish, one English---each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.
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