Part 5—Anna’s Healing Interview with Vannetta Chapman

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It’s countdown week at! Anna’s Healing (Book 1 in the Plain & Simple Miracles series) is available now, and we’re celebrating with a series of fun little interviews with author Vannetta Chapman. Let’s discover something new about this prolific Amish-fiction author and dive into the major themes of her new book!

Today’s interview involves a traditional Q&A inspired by Anna’s Healing

Anna's HealingAmishReader: Have you ever experienced a miracle?

Vannetta: I believe I have. Miracles of grace, miracles of forgiveness, and unexplainable miracles. I’ll give you one example.

I was walking with my son (who was very young at the time, maybe five years old). He had our small dog on a leash and I had our large dog. As we passed a neighbor’s yard, their two large aggressive dogs broke through the wooden fence. Those dogs were frothing at the mouth, snarling and snapping.

Immediately a man and woman appeared in front of us. They commanded the dogs to sit. The dogs did, without another sound. Then the man told me to take the leash from my son, so that I had both of our dogs. “Go home, and we’ll take care of this.” My son and I were both terrified. We didn’t want to turn our backs on those large dogs, but we did.

Once I had my son inside the house with our dogs, I went back out to thank the man and woman, but they were gone. The dogs were back in their yard, and a barrier had been placed against the broken portion of the fence to keep them in. Although I’d been inside less than 2 or 3 minutes, there was no sign of the couple who saved us. To this day, I believe that they were angels.

AmishReader: How did you first learn about Project Linus, a nonprofit featured in Anna’s Healing?

Vannetta: I attend quilt shows to sell books. It’s a wonderful venue, because nearly every book about the Amish includes quilting. While at one of the shows, I came across a Project Linus booth, and I’ve seen many since then. It’s a wonderful organization and one I wholeheartedly support.

AmishReader: How has your life been impacted by Project Linus?

Vannetta: When I’m sewing for someone else, someone that I don’t even personally know, it changes that task. It turns it into something very special. When I remember to pray for the person who will be receiving my blanket, I forget my own problems.

Joshua's MissionAmishReader: What was the hardest part about writing Anna’s Healing? The best?

Vannetta: Probably the hardest part was trying to explain how and why a miracle happens to some people and not to others. The best part was hearing from readers as I was writing the story—readers who told me their experience with miracles.

AmishReader: What’s coming next in the Plain & Simple Miracles series?

Vannetta: Joshua’s Mission (coming February 2016). Many people don’t realize that the Amish participate in missions—both domestically and internationally. I love having the opportunity to talk about the good work that they do. Before I wrote this book, my husband and I joined the Emergency Response Team at our church, and while I was writing it we responded to the flooding in central Texas. It was humbling to be able to help people who had lost everything, and I think those experiences helped me in the writing of Joshua’s Mission.

Thank you so much for chatting with us, Vannetta!

And thank you, readers, for joining us this week to celebrate Anna’s Healing! Would you consider purchasing a copy for yourself or a friend through AmazonSmile to support both Vannetta and Project Linus? See image below for details!

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vcVannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time where she lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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