Love Letters


I asked a few author friends to write a love letter about their husband or wife. This is the fourth in the LOVE  LETTERS series.

I hope you enjoy reading about the true life loves of the authors of some of your favorite books.

Vannetta Chapman explains where all the heroes in her novels come from. 🙂


Dear Bob,

Another Valentine’s Day is rolling around. No doubt we’ll be cuddled on the couch, sharing a bottle of wine and watching a cute romance.

Wait, I meant we’ll be watching sports! And the funny thing is that I will actually enjoy that.

You’ve broadened my world, and I now find pleasure in the craziest things–baseball statistics, basketball games, and football crowds. Who would have thought that would happen to a girl who can’t even THROW a baseball (well, I can, but it still drops about 3 feet out).

You probably deserve an award for living with a crazy-author-person. I forget what day it is. I forget to cook. I forget whether something actually happened or if I just wrote about it.

Then there’s the laundry, the shopping, the pets–so many things that you help with because I’m “UNDER DEADLINE.” And yet you coax me into stepping away from the computer so that we can hike, travel, walk the dogs, go to dinner, see a movie, attend a sporting event, visit with family, go on a mission trip together, worship together, be together.

We have an empty nest, four grown children, and now four pets. Our life seems to grow richer each year, and I am so very thankful for that.

You are my inspiration, dear. Each and every hero I write is you. God certainly looked down on this Texas girl and smiled when he sent you wandering into my life.

And the rest? Well the rest will appear in a novel someday soon.



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VANNETTA-CHAPMANVannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace.

She is the author of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, The Pebble Creek Amish,  the Amish Village Mystery series and more as well as several novellas.

She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time.

She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. Connect with Vannetta at her website (, blog, and  Facebook,