Discovering a new-to-me author who I enjoy is always exciting but finding a new-to-me author with a backlist? Priceless! Meet T.K. Chapin!
About the Author
T.K. Chapin writes Contemporary Christian Fiction books designed to inspire and tug on your heart strings. He believes that telling Contemporary Christian Fiction stories of faith, love and family help build the faith of Christians and help non-believers see how God can work in the life of believers. He gives all credit for his writing and storytelling ability to God.
The majority of the Contemporary Christian Fiction novels take place in and around Spokane Washington, his hometown. Chapin makes his home in the beautiful state of Idaho and has the pleasure of raising his step-daughter Emma and two nephews Isaac and Landon with his beautiful wife Crystal.
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1. What are your favorite bookish gifts?
T.K.: Starbucks gift cards, Amazon gift card, or a reading light. I personally love giving out gift cards and audiobooks to readers who are less fortunate or loved ones.
Beth: Gift cards are definitely the way to go for avid readers!
2. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
T.K.: My favorite family Christmas tradition first and foremost would be stockings BEFORE gifts. According to my wife Crystal her family did stockings last every year, I loved having mine before the gifts. Now that I think back on it, I suspect my parents did this to help curb our desire to open gifts while they had coffee and woke up (we were always up before five or six in the morning those Christmas mornings).
Another family tradition that I loved was my mother baking Jesus a birthday cake every year for Christmas. This tradition really brought the realization of not only the reason for the holiday, but that the fact He was fully human.
Beth: Stockings last? I’ve never heard of such a thing!
3. Who is your favorite secondary character?
T.K.: Secondary characters in stories help bring a story to life, move a plot along and really give me a chance as an author to bring some truth/points I want to see in the book.
My absolute favorite secondary would be Emma from the Diamond Lake Series. This lady is an older woman who draws up buckets of wisdom to disperse to others. I modeled that woman, along with any of the random older gals you see in my stories primarily after my grandmother. Though she is no longer with us, I think of her daily.
Beth: What a beautiful way to honor her memory!
4. What is your favorite childhood book?
T.K.: A favorite book from my childhood would have to be “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. This story is one that every good childhood must contain in my opinion. Though I don’t recall how I felt or anything like that, looking at the story you can see how he changes from one thing to another through the progress of the story.
This story parallels our lives as humans. When we come out into the world as a new baby we are basically shipwrecked and have no idea what is going on. We are surrounded by larger humans that are giants in comparison and overtime we progress and eventually break out of the cocoon, just like the caterpillar.
Beth: Amazing how books can continue to impact us, even years later!
5. What are some of your favorite books?
T.K.: “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers and “The Shack” by William Young are my all-time favorite books.
“Redeeming Love” was a great story that helped pushed me into the decision to go with full-time writing in the Christian romance genre.
“The Shack” was a very intriguing read that was soul-gripping and challenged me to entertain the thought of thinking outside of the box. The way Young went about materializing the Trinity in human form was awesome.
Both of these books taught me more about God, both of these books do what I try to do with every book I write—inspire people to come closer to God in some way.
Beth: Those two books would definitely inspire creativity!
Tell us about your latest book.
T.K.: My latest Christian Romance release is One Monday Prayer, book 5 of the Diamond Lake Series. The story is about a widow visiting the Inn at the Lake and her cousin Serenah. On the flight to Spokane the plane hits a patch of rough turbulence and she shares a prayer with a stranger.
One Monday Prayer by T.K. Chapin
Two years after losing her husband, Angela’s apartment suffers a fire and forces her out. Taking up her cousin Serenah’s offer to visit Eastern Washington for the Holidays, she looks forward to a white Christmas while repairs are being completed back home.
On the plane ride to Spokane she is confronted head on with a fear that shakes her to the core. Through the comfort of a thoughtful prayer with a stranger, Angela finds peace. Could she ever see the mysterious man again? Or are some things never meant to be?
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What really drew me into this story was the fact we sit by strangers every day. Whether it’s on a bus, in the subway or even on a plane. A prayer, a stranger and both of these people’s lives changed. Our lives can change by a prayer or a conversation, we just have to be open to it.
Beth: I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this series!
Tell us about your next book.
T.K.: My next release is book 6 of the Diamond Lake Series, it’s entitled, One Tuesday Lunch. This book focuses on one of the early on secondary characters—Miley. Instead of a pure romantic story, I added suspense and mystery. The extra made the story so fun to write! I personally LOVED writing this story and I hope the readers end up enjoying it also. The scheduled release day for this Christian suspense romance is December 10, 2016.
I personally LOVED writing this story and I hope the readers end up enjoying it also. The scheduled release day for this Christian suspense romance is December 10, 2016.
Beth: Just a couple days away! Congratulations on your newest release, T.K. and thanks so much for sharing some of your favorites with us!
Who else loves stockings? When do you open them? Say hi to T.K. Chapin in the comments!
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3 thoughts on “T.K. Chapin: author spotlight”
Great interview. Love T.K. Chapin books. Have read all of them.
I have read and enjoyed almost all of TKs books. There are still a couple I have not had the chance to read but will definitely get to them.
I found it amazing that you always had a birthday cake for Jesus. I didn’t have that tradition growing up but started it as i became a teen and have continued to do so each year.
Keep up the good work. Can’t wait for the next book in the Diamond Lade Series!
Merry Christmas to you and your family, and God bless!
Welcome, Beverly! Nice to meet a seasoned T.K. fan! Thank you for sharing 🙂