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A Dystopian Setting—Deep In the Heart of
Deep Shadows is the first book in my upcoming Remnant Series. It’s a dystopian Christian fiction novel, and instead of using a fictional setting I decided to use the area I know best—central
So what is dystopian fiction? At its core this type of story deals with a major shift in society—a plague or a global natural disaster or a man-caused universal change across the breadth of society. In Deep Shadows, a solar flare causes a disruption in all things electrical for the foreseeable future.
Yikes! No cell phones or a/c or television? No internet? I know. It’s a horrible thing to imagine. I had a lot of fun with it because I love torturing my characters and seeing if they are strong enough, smart enough, faithful enough to survive.
But it’s not all fiction.
Falls and do actually
exist, and it provides Colorado Bend
a dramatic, remote setting for the opening scene of Deep Shadows.
Hood is located in central Texas and is one of the largest US military
installations in the world. The close proximity of this base provides a nice tension to my plot.
There is no town called
however, the US government established
in 1849 to protect settlers from hostile Indians along the Texas frontier. You can still visit the
grounds and museum. I had a lot of fun imagining that a town had grown up
around this historic site.
Townsend Mills was established in 1856 and was a base camp for surveying crews. It no longer exists today but the small town Adamsville is located near the old site. Townsend Mills provides a nice transition from small town living to a life spent hunkering down on the farm, waiting for things to improve.
There are more than 2900 natural springs in 183
counties. Water quickly becomes a scarce resource in Deep Shadows, which would
especially be true in central Texas
where much of the area is exceedingly dry. In my story, any place with a water
resource becomes a place of refuge as well as a designated target for those in
need of that resource.
While I enjoyed using real places, the main setting—
—does not exist. I could not bear to
destroy a town that I know and love, so instead I used a compilation of several
towns in central Abney, Texas Texas.
Deep Shadows is a story about relationships and how they survive or crumble when what we’ve feared, as a society, occurs. It’s also a story of faith and hope. What do I hope readers take away from this story? The assurance that God’s grace is always sufficient. Take the worst scenario that you can imagine, and you can still count on our Heavenly Father—maybe not to make things instantly better, but to lead, guide, and care for us regardless the circumstances.
Back cover blurb
All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness
is predictable and safe-- until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all
modern technology. Abney, Texas
Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn’t changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.
Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority-- to keep
and her son safe-- could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.
As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby’s faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.
In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the
Texas hill country. For more information,
visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com.
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