Why Dystopian

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I’m so excited to let you know that Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series, The Remnant, is now on sale for 99 cents! It doesn’t get any better than that, unless it’s free. Speaking of free, Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).

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I thought it would be fun to answer some of the most frequent questions I receive about this series.

Q. What is dystopian anyway? I’ll skip the fancy, academic definitions. Dystopian books deal with the future (in this case, the near future), and they portray a world that isn’t quite as perfect as we’d like it to be.

Q. Why did you write that? I like challenging myself with questions like Would I be smart enough to… Many times the answer to that is maybe at best! My mom knows a lot more about practical living than I do, but I like to think that I could learn. In many ways, this series asks if I could live a plain and simple life. (Remind you of something else I’ve written?)

Q. What point did you hope to get across? That God’s grace is always enough, regardless our circumstance. That maybe it would be good if we got to know our neighbors a little better. That simpler makes sense. That teenagers are smarter than we often give them credit for. And that we are all stronger when we pull together.

Q. Is their faith in this story? Yes, there is! I can’t imagine writing about main characters who don’t have their feet set firmly on the truth of scripture. Which doesn’t mean their perfect. Shelby and Max and Carter have their doubts, they struggle with questions of why, and they sometimes don’t know what they should do in a situation. But always, they fall back on their faith.

Q. Will you still write Amish books? Yes! What the Bishop Saw is a new Amish mystery series set in Colorado and will release 5-1-17.

Now it’s your turn. If you have a question, let me know.

Blessings,

V~

Announcements for this week:

  • Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series is now 99 cents with all ebook vendors.
  • Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).
  • Sarah’s Orphans is currently $3.19 and Anna’s Healing is $2.99 in the Amazon Kindle store.
  • Raging Storm recently received a 4 star review from Romantic Times. This is the 2nd book in my series The Remnant and will release 1-31-17. If you pre-order, Amazon offers a price guarantee. If the price goes down between now and release, you’ll receive the lower price.
  • Paperback versions of Deep Shadows, Raging Storm, and What the Bishop Saw are all under $9 at ChristianBooks.com.

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45 thoughts on “Why Dystopian

  1. Ramona

    Thank you for answering those questions. I had a few answered.

    I like that you mentioned challenge. We all need to stretch. Stretching encourages growth.

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      I agree Ramona. Sometimes “stretching” doesn’t feel so good, but it is a part of life. Blessings!

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  2. Marilyn R

    I always enjoy your books. Will there be three books in your Dystopian series? How many books in your new Amish mystery series? I loved the mystery series set in Shipshewana. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Yes, there will be 3 books. Light of Dawn, the final book, will release this summer. Thanks for asking! And there will be 3 books in the Amish mystery series as well.

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  3. Deana

    Thanks for your description of what dystopian is. I agree that teenagers are smarter than we give them credit for. They seem to have a sense when things aren’t quite right. I think it’s nice when authors go out of their comfort zone and write something different from their usual subject. I enjoyed reading the series and it really made me think.

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Hi Deana. I taught teens in middle school and high school for 15 years. They are by and large VERY smart, and much more responsible than we give them credit for. Thanks for reading Christian fiction!

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Hi fishingjan. It always seems strange to me to read a book without any faith in it whatsoever. I think most people do have some among of faith, whether they talk about it or not. Thanks for reading my new series!

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Thanks for entering, Katie. I’ll also have an hour long giveaway of several Texas prizes on my Facebook page, Feb 2, from 6:30-7:30 CST. I hope you’ll stop by!

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Thanks for reading the prequel, Patricia. My husband says it’s the best thing I’ve written. :) High praise from a guy who is an engineer by trade.

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  4. Robin in NC

    I’ve read most of your Amish stories & Suspense stories, but I haven’t tried any of your dystopian. I’m sort of nervous I won’t like them as well…crazy, huh? I guess some of your readers need to challenge themselves too! 😉 rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Hi Robin! No worries…the best way to tell if you’ll like them or not is to read the free prequel, Overshadowed. :) WARNING: You’ll fall in love with these characters. Just saying…

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  5. JJ

    No question, but I appreciate your daily posts on Facebook. You are always happy. The world needs more happy people like you.

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Thank you, JJ. I try to keep a positive outlook. My dad used to wake me up singing about the birds chirping and the grass growing. Seriously. I thought it was torture as a teenager, but now I see how it shaped my outlook.

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Thanks, Carol. Mysteries are fun to write. I’m working on When the Bishop Needs an Alibi right now, and it’s a hoot.

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  6. Merry

    You are a very talented author Vannetta. I like when authors branch out so to speak and write other genres. I think it shows us readers the depth of their creativity. Looking forward to your new books.

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  7. Tiffany

    Sounds like some great books coming out this year! Looking forward to your new book! Would love to win that Texas prize package! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. Trixi

    This sounds a lot like Terri Blackstocks The Restoration series & I enjoyed those a lot! As I was reading them, I was thinking of what it would really be like if that happened today….how would we react to it? Those are the only dystopian fiction I’ve read, and yours sounds just as good Vannetta! Thank you for the fun interview :-)

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  9. Linda Marie

    Love the Questions and Answers ! It does Challenge me to think on such things and to find real answers to the issues, thus the study of herbs and natural healing.
    Blessings
    Linda Marie Finn

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