Martha G. (Sturm)
A Shiphewana Amish Mystery book 3
by Vanetta Chapman
Once again, I had several inspirations. First of all, I wanted to highlight a handicapped child and their family. I have worked with several families in this situation while teaching, and I wanted to show what strong people they are. Also we have a handicapped daughter, so I wanted to share some of that experience.
Another inspiration was John Wayne. When I wrote this book, True Grit was being remade here in our area. I started watching old John Wayne movies and they stuck!
Lastly, I was inspired by an Eric Church song, entitled "Home Boy." It speaks of the love of brothers, even when one has gone astray. What an opportunity for grace!
4 months to write it, 6 months if you include the various stages of editing.
I did fall in love with Aaron. What a strong, precious child.
Several things--a patience with family, an appreciation for friendship, and most of all--an awareness of God's grace, no matter our circumstances.
I had visited Shipshewana several times. Lolly's Fabrics is a lovely quilt shop located in Davis Mercantile. I walked into the store and fell in love with the location.
I named Max based on Agatha Christie's husband.
Well, there's the scene with the Smart car. I've never owned one, but we pass one on the way to church (in another church's parking lot). I tried to get my husband to stop and let me measure the windows, so I could be accurate on this scene. He refused! Sometimes husband's do not understand the things a writer needs to do. :)
Matthew 6:25-27. It's so easy to spend much of our days worrying, but we're commanded not to do that! Aaron's parents naturally worry about him, but God has his eye on Aaron. We can all trust that God will take care of our children.
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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Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is killed in the parking lot of Daisy’s Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer’s boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie.
This time it’s a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he’s looking for something or someone. If they can’t figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie’s close circle of friends may be next. Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure … this time it’s nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.
WINNER of 2013 Golden Quill, Best Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Finalist for 2013 Southern Magic Best Inspirational
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