“Beyond the Cornfield,” Chapman’s third dramatic suspense novel, is now available digitally and in print.
“I set this one in Tatamagouche because I know the area and I like small communities,” she said. “The others were set in Debert, where I grew up, and Parrsboro. It’s a lot of fun writing stories set in communities I know.”
Chapman is now focusing on digital versions of her books because they are so much more affordable.
“People can buy a book for about $4 instead of $17,” she said. “I did have some printed for people who bought the other books and didn’t want digital and I can get more printed if people want them.”
Chapman wrote stories for her son and his friends when they were young but never wrote a book until 2003, after taking an online course. Her first five books were for children and followed the adventures of a character called Hanna Rae.
“My dad and grandfather were big storytellers and I always liked reading,” she said. “I’m writing these books because I enjoy it.
“I have hundreds of pages of notes with ideas and some with words I just like the sound of. Spiral is one of those words. I write a loose outline for a story and allow characters to have freedom but sometimes I have to bring them back in line for the ending.”
Chapman is working on her next book, which will be set in Windsor and will include quite a bit of humour. It’s planned as the first of a series.