Amish Christmas Memories: Interview and Giveaway with Vannetta Chapman

Amish Christmas Memories

An Intimate Interview with Renowned Author Vannetta Chapman by Susan Scott Ferrell

Today we have the honor interviewing author Vannetta Chapman. By the end, you’ll know more about her – personally, spiritually and professionally!

Vannetta, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow us to peak into your life for a bit.

Let’s get PERSONAL…

DA: Okay…so you don’t eat white foods? What’s THAT about?!

VC: I know. Right? My earliest memory of rebellion against white food is when I was about 9. Mother had made bologna sandwiches for everyone and I didn’t want to eat mine because it had mayonnaise on it. She responded with a non-negotiable “Eat your sandwich.” So I ate it – and threw it up. Hahaha. I guess I showed her.

DA: At one point in your life, you went through a very painful divorce, leaving you a single mom raising four kids. How did you get through that time?

VC: Actually I was a single mom with one child. Later, when I met and married my husband, he had three and so together we have a patchwork family of 4 grown kids. It’s lovely. As to how I got through it? Very simply the grace of God. There were many people from my university and my church who were kind and helpful and giving. I learned a lot those years, not the least of which was how to be kind to others.

Let’s get SPIRITUAL…

DA: You say that your works are “Fiction full of GRACE.” How do you define God’s grace, and how does it relate to your writing?

VC: I define it as the unmerited favor of God. Can’t earn it. Can’t un-earn it either. Because it’s not based on me or what I do or don’t do. It’s based on our Lord, and it’s a love that knows no end. That’s the truth behind every one of my stories and what I aim to share with readers.


DA: What was your inspiration for your newest release, Amish Christmas Memories? (Readers see review here.)

VC: I wanted to write an amnesia story. Does that sound silly? I wanted to explore the question of who are we without our memories. I would still be the same person, right? I’d still love chocolate, spend a lot of time reading, and want to be with my family. But if I didn’t have my memories how would it affect the way I perceived things? How would it change the way I see myself? Those are just a few of the questions I tried to address in this book.

DA: What are you working on for your next writing project?

VC: I’m about to begin writing His Second Chance (working title). This is all I have so far:

He has a terrible reputation.
She’s the bishop’s daughter.
The  only thing standing between them is his past.

Oooh! Sounds intriguing!

Okay, readers! Comment below for an opportunity to win an autographed copy of Amish Christmas Memories AND a Christmas snowman, handcrafted by Vannetta! Giveaway starts today, Monday, December 3rd and ends Monday, December 10th and is only open to US residents. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday, December 11th. Good luck and don’t forget to share this giveaway with your friends!


All she wants for Christmas is her memories

When a young Amish woman collapses in the snow shortly before Christmas, Caleb Wittmer rushes to her aid. Only, “Rachel” remembers nothing of who she is. Now his family has taken in the pretty stranger, disrupting Caleb’s ordered world. He’s determined to find out where she belongs…even if Rachel’s departure means saying goodbye to his old-fashioned heart forever.



Vannetta Chapman writes fiction full of grace and is the author of over 20 Amish novels. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and a Christy award finalist. She lives in the Texas Hill Country where she writes full time. She and her husband spend their time doting on their labrador, beagle, cats, and herd of deer. Vannetta also loves to knit, quilt, hike, camp, and travel.

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61 thoughts on “Amish Christmas Memories: Interview and Giveaway with Vannetta Chapman

  1. I love all of Vannetta’s books. I think I’ve read all or most of them. The ones that blew me away though, and actually affected my thinking were her dystopian novels, the Remnant series. I’ve told her this before, but I got so involved with those books that after reading for a while, I had to look up from the book and reorient myself to my real world!!!!

    1. Connie – I was blown away by her Remnant series, too…and I’m a diehard Amish genre fan! Isn’t it amazing?!

  2. I’ve also read lots of Vanetta’s books. I love them all. I’d like to meet her one day as I too live in the Texas Hill Country☺. I’d love to win her new book and of course the snowman made by her so I could add it to my collection😅

  3. I do love a good Amish Christmas novel. Curling up under a cozy blanket, maybe a cookie or two to go with the cup of tea. Life at it’s best!

  4. I have read several of your books as well, mostly ebooks. Though there Times that nothing is better than holding a paperback or hard bound.

  5. I enjoy reading books with an Amish genre, and V. Chapman is excellent in that respect. I come away with a happy feeling after reading her books as they always provide a life lesson. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  6. I have enjoyed all of Vannetta Chapman’s books. I finished reading Amish Christmas Memories last week. It was a good read. Blessings!

  7. Vannetta Chapman never disappoints! Whether it is Amish fiction, mystery, or suspense, her books are incredible and clearly Christian which is very important to me. Can’t wait to read this Christmas story!

  8. I’ve enjoyed Vannetta Chapman’s books and as I look around my shelves I see many of them there. I’m looking forward to reading Amish Christmas Memories. Thank you for the giveaway. Someone will be blessed.

  9. I love everything Vannetta Chapman writes. Thanks for some more insight into who she is. Love the premise of amnesia and what it would be like. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of her newest release

  10. Vannetta does not write a bad book EVER, as far as I am concerned. Thank you for the lovely interview, Vannetta. I always love hearing tidbits about you. Thank you for the chance to win your newest book. I love your books. Your books always make us aware of God’s love and forgiveness in a quiet but powerful way!

  11. for the past 6 years all I have read are amish books. I love them, can’t get enough of them. I would love to read this new one. I know it will be a book you can’t put down.

  12. I have loved almost all of Vanetta’s books! Winning this book would be the frosting on the cake for me! Thanks Vannetta!

  13. I’ve read several of Vanetta’s Amish novels and loved them. Amish Christmas Memories has piqued my curiosity, and I’d love to read it.

  14. Thank you for the chance to win a print book as being disabled that is all I can do. Once done I will review on a few sites. Thank you for posting this ! Happy Holidays.

  15. Vanatta is quite the writer. She not only writes Amish fiction but i have read one book in her dystopian series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I’ve read most of Vannetta’s books & I love her writing style, no matter which genre she’s writing about. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  17. I really like reading Amish fiction and learning about the Amish way of life. I enjoy Vannetta’s books and I’m looking forward to reading “Amish Christmas Memories”.

  18. I just love reading Vannetta Chapman’s books She is one of my top authors to read and her books never disappoint me . Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Amish Christmas Memories and Merry Christmas

  19. The winner of an autographed copy of Amish Christmas Memories AND a Christmas snowman is Eileen Brumbaugh. Congratulations! Please watch your email for details on how to claim your prize. Thanks for entering, everyone!

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