My Friend Wrote a Book - Cry of Hope - by Emily Chapman

You all remember Emily Chapman, don't you? She did a guest post here with writing tips and we did a vlog together. Well, guess what? She is a published author now and is celebrating the release of her debut novel Cry of Hope at age 16!!

Emily is such an inspiration on trusting in God and never giving up. Her book, Cry of Hope is a testament to that. Emily's writing sweeps you into the story until you can't put the book down-you just have to find out what happens to Hope, John, Joshua and everyone! So if you're looking for a book with a great brother-sister relationship, some rivalry, a little romance, Christian morals and adventure, read this book!

Well, enough talk from me. You want to hear about Cry of Hope, an interview with Emily Chapman and a chance to win an autographed copy of her book, don't you?

When a voyage to the New World is thrust upon young, unwilling Hope Ellison, her carefully built ideals begin to slip from her grasp. Clinging to the tattered shards of her once contented life, she embarks on the perilous journey with her family, caring not for the reason they are taking such risks in the first place and fearing the fate for her future. Yet, even her fears are unprepared for the trials ahead, and soon she comes face to face with choices that will define her view of life entirely.

Cry of  Hope is available on Amazon.

Emily Chapman is a homeschooled student living with her parents and four siblings in the southeastern United States. With a thirst for stories and creativity, she not only writes, but enjoys exercising her imagination through dance and photography. She believes in running through sprinklers in the summertime, watching the Andy Griffith show, listening to country music, and traversing to Narnia. But above all, she is saved through faith by the Son of the Creator and is adopted into God's family of beautiful souls.

Check out her website!

Interview with author Emily Chapman:

1. When did you first get interested in writing?

When I was but ten years old, I began to write little “chapter books,” but trust me when I say it wouldn't hold your interest for five minutes. I sort of dabbled in writing for several years, until I turned fourteen. I attended a homeschool tutorial, and a girl named Abigail Hartman inspired me. My passion for writing sort of exploded after that, and thus my journey began.


2. How long did it take you to write and edit Cry of Hope?

It took me almost a year to write it. Then it took me about six months to finish editing it, partly because I procrastinate and partly because I like things Just So (which is both a blessing and a curse, let me tell you).

3. Where did you get the idea for Cry of Hope?

Cry of Hope is a complete rewrite of a little chapter book I wrote when I was twelve. I don't think you would recognize the two being related to the one another now, if not for the character names and the time period. It all started with American Girl—the inspirer of the first immature idea that has now turned into a full-blown manuscript full of emotion and a Real Plot, unlike the feather-like stories I had written ever before.

4. What is your writing routine like?

I'm so unpredictable!

In other words, I don't really have a writing routine. I write when I wanna, to be quite honest.

5. How did you go about researching for your book? Any tips on research?

Since Cry of Hope follows the story of a young Pilgrim girl, I practically had an outline that I was forced to follow. I had to intertwine the intimate story of Hope's life with the overall events that she went through. It was rather fun, actually.

But you see, I had an account of the Pilgrims' journey right at my fingertips. I read Of Plimouth Plantation by William Bradford. And it's a wonder I ever wrote this story at all. That book was so dull. It was so, so dull. Of course, I did not need to read the entire book, for my story was set only through a portion of the full account of the plantation. I read enough to get me started on Cry of Hope, skimmed the rest as was necessary, and then resorted to the Internet for the other cultural details and dates I needed. In the end, it worked well enough, though it certainly gave me an opinionated view on research. I don't like it.

6. What books and authors have inspired your writing?

Definitely Abigail J. Hartman, as mentioned above, for she inspired me to begin writing again (I'd kinda fizzled somewhat out of it by the time I met her, you see). Another author would definitely be Rachel Coker. I found her through Em's blog, actually, and I have followed her ever since. Her books themselves did not inspire me as much as all of the things she has accomplished at such a young age, and my gracious—she has accomplished much! Then I'd like to mention Louisa May Alcott, for that Literary Great has such a beautiful style and created such memorable characters that it spurs me to strive to write as well as she.

7. What was the hardest part of writing/editing a book? Any advice on that?

Writer's Block. Simply Writer's Block. I'm not sure I have the most helpful advice for that dratted disease, but I have come to discover that sometimes the malady itself is not the trouble. It's the feeling of hopelessness and the not-desire to write. I've found that once one gets accustomed to using words again, it's much easier to overcome Writer's Block. As in, once you fiddle around and find your writing voice again (losing it can be just as easy as losing one's shadow), I think Writer's Block will slowly disappear. Just gotta get accustomed to writing again.

Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing, writing, writing . . . (Chant that in a Dori voice. Is it inspiring? Or am I the only one?)

8. What has God taught you through the entire process?

Overall, I think He has shown me again that He is big, He is good, and He has a plan. Three things most of us have been taught since childhood; three things that take more than a lifetime to fully understand; three things profoundly simple and profoundly difficult to accept.

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