[Monday Moonings]: Sheltered by Debra Chapoton with Author Interview

Posted December 3, 2012 by Jenna in author interview, monday moonings / 1 Comment

Monday Moonings is a weekly meme here on my blog featuring new books or authors, but mostly self-published authors. 🙂 

Today, I’m featuring Author Debra Chapoton’s book, Sheltered, which came out last October 1, 2012. Read more below. Plus, I interviewed the author, and you can read the interview below as well. 

Title: Sheltered
Author: Debra Chapoton
Publisher: Big Pine Lodge Books
Published On: October 1, 2012

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.(goodreads)

About the Author:

Debra Chapoton grew up fascinated by codes and intricate puzzles, later graduating to treasure hunts and road rallies. She loves to weave clues into her novels and, after a career teaching high school Spanish and English, she peppers her novels with the personalities of former students.Her YA novels handle the heavier themes of adolescence while her children’s novels stick to the puzzling side of pre-teen life.When not reading, writing or re-writing she is usually playing games or watching TV. You can spy on her blog at http://edgeofescape.blogspot.com/. 


Finally, here’s my interview with Debra. 🙂

So, tell us a little about your book.

“Sheltered” is about five troubled teens who live together unsupervised. They confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in a story of 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.
What inspired you to write this story?

I’ve always believed there’s a whole other dimension of spirit beings: angels and demons. Jesus and his disciples were always casting out demons. It must have been a pretty big problem back then, but why don’t we hear about it now? The demon-possessed people of Bible times manifested the symptoms of epilepsy, dementia, super strength, schizophrenia, self-mutilation and so on. Aha, science and medicine have new names for what they used to call demon possession. But what if they’re wrong?
What is the main lesson that your novel is trying to teach?

Things are not always what they seem to be. People are not always who you think they are. Demons are real.
Let’s talk about your writing career, how long have you been writing? Did you always dream to become an author?

I’ve been writing for ten years and have written 15 novels and chapter books and a couple of half-finished works. I didn’t always dream of becoming an author though I did save a science fiction story I wrote in 4th grade that I’m counting as my first work.

What are you currently reading?

I’m working my way through Stieg Larsson’s trilogy and wondering at the enormous work of the translator – it must have been a terribly difficult job. I’m more aware of things like that since my first YA novel, “Edge of Escape”, was translated into German this past spring.
What book genres do you love to read? to write?

I love to read YA, mystery, detective, fantasy, humor, romance, historical, adventure . . . hmm, just about anything if it’s well-written and entertaining.
I like to write YA paranormal, psychological thriller, young love, and adventure.
Could you name one author that inspired you to write? (if there is any)

Sorry, I can’t name an author, but I can name a teacher: Rick Farr, Utica High School English teacher who made his juniors write a novel during the school year. I wasn’t in his class, but I thought if they could do it, I could do it. I wrote my first novel on summer vacation.

Any upcoming projects?

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.
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One response to “[Monday Moonings]: Sheltered by Debra Chapoton with Author Interview

  1. Hi! Thanks for having me on your wonderful blog. I appreciate the plug for Sheltered. Hope you have an awesome Christmas and blessed New Year. Praise God in all things.

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