Wednesday, October 17, 2012

0 Q&A with Debra Chapoton



1. Please tell us about Sheltered?
Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways.
High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben.
One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences.

2. Which character was the most fun to write? why?
The angry Goth girl, Cori, was fun to invent. She is based on several different students I’ve had who projected hostility but were marshmallows inside. Cori gets to be smart, mean, clever, angry, and holds the power in the house.

3. Which character was the least fun to write? Why?
It was not fun to shape the schizophrenic kid. That required a bit more research though again I had a couple of former students for inspiration.

4. What made you want to write a novel for young adults?
I have spent nearly my entire life in high school. Who else would I write for? I am passionate about teen life - coming of age - that whole period of time is so exciting and at the same time so scary. What happens in high school stays with you forever.

5. What do you hope to say to people with your writing?
I hope people get a few hours of enjoyment from reading my books and that they think about consequences and mistakes. Mistakes are rarely fatal. I love mistakes. I think I’ve learned a lot from other people’s mistakes and even more from my own, so if I can pass on to others some thought provoking situations (what to do, what not to do) that would be great.

6. What is your favorite thing about the writing experience?
I absolutely love, love, love how the characters take over the action and leave me wondering what will happen next. I write by the seat of my pants, have a general idea of the direction I want to go in, and then hang on to the keyboard as words appear on the screen.

7. What is the last book you've read?
Immortal Mine by Cindy Bennett, my favorite indie author.

8. What do you do when you're not writing?
I read, play a lot of games, research, teach, watch TV and eat too much.

9. What's on your desk?
Books, carpal tunnel braces, remote controls, a camera, and the laptop.

10. What projects do you have planned for the future?
I am setting up the marketing for “The Guardian’s Diary” which will probably be out next spring. It’s about a teen boy who was born with a gruesome deformity that causes him to drag his foot. He faces some tough challenges and dangerous decisions. The story is told through the eyes of his guardian angel.
Right now I am working on a young adult novel in which the teen characters maneuver through a supernatural world, yet there are neither angels nor demons in this story.



Debra's Bio:
Debra Chapoton has taught kids of all ages in her main career as a teacher. She has a BA in Spanish and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English. She started writing in 2002 and was surprised to find out that the characters quickly take over the action and dialogue in the stories.
Her first YA novel, Edge of Escape, was self-published and then discovered by Piper Verlag Publishing and translated into German. Stalking and obsession get a sympathetic twist in this story of physical and psychological survival.
Her second YA novel, Sheltered, detours into a different genre as she writes about five teens who confront supernatural forces. Two boys and three girls all harbor secrets which make some of them susceptible to demon possession. Embracing all things supernatural might protect them, but are they ready for the consequences?
Chapoton has also written eleven chapter books for middle grade kids and a non-fiction work for adults, Crossing the Scriptures.
When she’s not writing Chapoton enjoys the quiet of the full log home she designed and built with her husband. They live in the middle of 62 acres of beautiful woods in northern Michigan.

Author: Debra Chapoton
                www.bigpinelodgebooks.com 

Blurb for Sheltered:
Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.

High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben.

One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences.

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