Hero Interview from A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman

» Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog | 27 comments

This week I’m hosting  Lena Nelson Dooley with Catherine’s Pursuit, Jeanette Windle with Congo Dawn, Pam Hillman with Claiming Mariah (no giveaway on this blog ), Vannetta Chapman with A Home for Lydia, and Angela Ruth Strong with Lighten Up.  If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Feb. 24th) evening.

VCInterview with the hero from A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman:

1. Aaron, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m a farmer, a gut farmer! Which is why I have to wonder what the Lord, and my parents, had in mind when they sent me to Wisconsin to manage my onkel’s cabins. I know nothing about that!

2.  What do you do for fun?

Hunt and fish. Growing up in Indiana, it was always the right season for one or the other. I love being outdoors.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I would have put off coming to Wisconsin, but my parents bought a bus ticket for me before I even knew about “the plan.”

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

Don’t suppose I’ve been afraid of much. Maybe I’m not old enough to know what should worry me. I’m only twenty-three. Now that I’m here, and I’ve met my nieces, I’m a little afraid that I will let them down. I’ve never been responsible for a family before. My father told me to do my best, and Gotte would see to the rest.

5.  What do you want out of life?

That answer was simple a month ago–I wanted to farm, do it well, and help provide for my parents. Now, it’s more complicated. I want to go home, but I also want to do the right thing here. How am I supposed to do both?

6.  What is the most important thing to you?

I want to say farming, but I know in my heart that isn’t true. Family is what’s important. Family and Gotte. Both are what Plain communities base our lives around.

7.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

Nein. I read The Budget, because I want to learn more about farming. When you rise at 4:30, there’s not much energy left to read in the evening.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

There is this girl I’ve met–Lydia. She’s stubborn and willful and has a bit of a temper. Sometimes she makes me a little crazy, but other times she seems like the kind of girl who could be a guy’s best friend. If I could change something about myself it would be to understand my emotions, especially about Lydia, because they are all over the place right now.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Do horses count? I have a couple of those back home. And we do have this stray cat that’s been hanging around the cabins. Lydia named him Pumpkin. Crazy name for a cat.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

That’s the thing. I’m happy where I am right now. I wouldn’t go back to a time but to a place–back home to Indiana. But if I did that, if I could change things, I’d never have met my nieces or Lydia. How could I wish for that?



  1. I have been wanting this book for awhile. I know I will like it because it is by Vannetta, Am so happy that I got to meet her one time. She was so sweet. Please enter me to try and win this book. I’ve got the 1st one. Thanks for the interview Trish. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  2. I loved this intereview today. It was so fun. I actually have this book and am looking forward to reading it. I would be interested in being in the drawings for any of the other books this week. Thank you for sharing. You’re such a blessing. Susan Fryman

  3. A nice, fun interview. Please add my name to the giveaway. I enjoy reading Amish fiction books. Thank you.


  4. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story

  5. truly enjoyed reading the interview, a great story! add me to the giveaway. fimplesharon@yahoo.com

  6. i love her books, this was an intersting interview thank you for this giveaway. malinda passwater fortony20@hotmail.com

  7. Hi. Aaron! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

  8. Thank you for the fun interview and the opportunity to win this book! I have only been blessed to read one of Vannetta’s books thus far. Would love to win this!


  9. A big thank you to Margaret, for allowing “Aaron” to visit. 🙂 I did enjoy sharing this piece, and I appreciate all of your comments.

  10. i so want to read this novel. i am new to amish fiction and i love it. i would love to add this book to my have enjoyed and loved list…

  11. wonderful interview. now reading the book. Aaron is one of my special

  12. I really would love to win this one. I love Vanetta’s books and haven’t had the opportunity to read this one yet.


  13. So nice to “meet” Aaron. Love Vannetta Chapamn’s books. Would love to win a copy of this one to add to my shelf. Thank you.

  14. Love Amish fiction, especially mysteries. I would love to win this book or any other one that is available.

  15. I love reading Vannetta Chapman’s books. Would love to win and read her new book. Thank you for the chance.


  16. Great interview.

    I just started reading the book (on the 4th chapter) so having a little background on Aaron is helpful.

    By the way, I absolutely L♥VE the book so far. Ü


  17. I love the interview with Aaron! A good writer creates a relationship between you and the characters. So, it feels like I just sat and had a cup of tea with my friend Aaron. I love the concept of interviewing the characters. More, more!!!

  18. I have read the book and loved it and thoroughly enjoyed the interview.

  19. That’s pretty early to wake up.

  20. Thank you for the interview Aaron, great interview.I love amish books and i would love to win it.God bless you.
    Norma Stanforth

  21. I really enjoyed this interview, Aaron is my type of farmer…honest and out right pleasant. I wish more men were like him!!

    I would love to win!!!

  22. would love to win

  23. Love Amish fiction. Thanks for the giveaway.


  24. An automatic must read for me. I do love Amish stories.


  25. I’m so glad you all enjoyed this interview! You’ll see a bit more of Aaron in book 3, A Wedding for Julia, which releases July 1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  26. I’m a new fan to Amish fiction. It would be a pleasure to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  27. I’d love to be entered!

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