Tell us something about yourself.
I grew up in libraries for all intents and purposes and always knew I would write. That began in 1995 with social commentary on public radio, for which I twice won the National Federation of Presswomen Award for best commentary. That gave way to my first book published in 2004, then another in 2008, and again in 2012 and now 2016.
What inspired you to write this book?
An incredibly provocative correspondence with a serial killer regarding his mental illness, and especially his desire to have society better understand his malady in order to prevent future violence on women.
How did you choose the title?
A long discussion with a publicist. As much as we were torn with using the word “grace” because of its religious connotations, we could not come up with a better word to capture the notion of redemption which is the thread throughout the plot.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
It was first published in 2012 on my own imprint related to my consultation practice. No one wanted such a dark tale, especially in that it promoted inherent innocence as a conclusion. So when Terra Nova determined it was an exceptional novel in need of a bit of polishing on the plot in order to re-issue in 2016 I was thrilled.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
All those hours spent in dark, cool libraries in Oklahoma as a youth.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I work early in the morning typically. And I take writing vacations where I can write for a few hours in the morning and then go out and about.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Very much influenced by real life people in my life. In fact, so many my characters in this story are direct reflections of real people I know.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
That there is a niche for what one reviewer called psycho-spiritual thrillers, that there are many people who want to be challenged in the area of their beliefs and philosophies. That is really reassuring since I’ve had so much feedback over the years that people don’t want to be challenged.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would go with a different cover, which fortunately is remedied with this new release. It just did not hit the mark.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
Anything that alters my perspective is a good read. That’s true of novels such as Shadow of the Wind, non-fiction like White Trash: The 400 Year Untold Story of Class in America, science fiction such as Dune, and allegory/parable which got me launched many years ago with Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
The sequel to A Killer’s Grace is approaching fifty percent complete. And the prequel to the sequel is fully written. At the same time, I’m being called to write on forgiveness and leadership.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
When feedback comes, take a deep breath and receive it. As much as we hate to hear where we fall short, or miss the mark, it is the lifeblood of good writing.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Psychologically and/or spiritually oriented people who are looking deeply for answers and clarity. Also those in substance abuse recovery because this is also at its heart a story of recovery that leads to redemption.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
www.RonaldChapman.com for the whole look.
www.SeeingTrue.com where I deliver blogs and video/audio content.
The book is available at Amazon.com.