Hello everyone. today we have a treat. I’d like to introduce you to T.K. Chapin. Tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.
I am the oldest of 6 children and my parents are going on 33 years of marriage. My parents raised us in a series of small Baptist churches throughout Washington state. We moved around a lot because of my father’s job. I accepted Jesus into my heart at the age of 12 but rededicated my life to the Lord in 2012. My fondest childhood memories are of waking up early in the morning, in high school, to find my father reading his Bible. I also spent time in the bus ministry and door-to-door evangelism ministry as a teenager. These experiences, along with the strong Christian values, have shaped who I am today.
What’s your favorite genre to read and write? Who’s your favorite author?
I love to write Christian romance fiction, I have written some Christian suspense and mystery but romance is what I am most confident in. My all-time favorite author is God. My second favorite is C.S. Lewis. I love how serious he took his faith and I find his writing to be inspiring.
My most recent completed read was The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers.
What age did you realize you loved books? When did you start writing?
I started writing early on in junior high and high school when I took creative writing classes and wrote several poems. My writing back then only stayed within the world of poetry. It wasn’t until five years ago I discovered God had blessed me with more than just the ability to put a poem together. I started in non-fiction and ultimately landed where God planned from the beginning—Christian romance/fiction.
Tell us about this book. What did you learn about yourself through writing it?
My latest release is ‘When it Rains.’ I learned that I have a weakness in letting God be God in other peoples’ lives. I think everyone should trust in God fully and go to Him for everything and I get frustrated when people waste their time attempting to do life without God.
Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?
I bounce back and forth between writing with an outline and not using one. It’s helpful to have a pathway to travel down with my writing, but I don’t always need it because there’s a certain flow I follow. However, I do see the words flow much easier if I have a general outline of some kind. If I don’t have an outline, I do always have an idea of where the story high points are and what the ending will be.
Is there a special place you like to write?
The location doesn’t matter, but I do need little to zero distraction. Occasionally I like white noise (like a TV or music), but outside of that, I need silence. I’m basically going to another world and my mind is fully suspended, so distractions tend to slow me down.
What was something that surprised you in the way this book unfolded? What character do you like best?
Without revealing too much, I was surprised by how a certain event unfolded. I hadn’t planned for it to go down the way it did but, was happy with what resulted.
What advice would you give a new author?
Keep writing and don’t wait for inspiration. Oh, and stop starting new stories! One of the most frequent issues I see happen over and over again is new authors starting multiple stories and never finishing one.
Can you tell us what project you’re working on now and how do we find your books?
Currently, I am working on a book called A Reason to Live and it’ll be book one of a three book series. It’ll be a story about a man named Jonathan who lost his wife. Through the power of God and a surprise visitor in the middle of the night, Jonathan’s life changes forever. This book will be released in June, so keep your eyes peeled.