Interview with Debra Chapoton

What is the first book you published. What is the latest?
My first published book is Edge of Escape, a psychological thriller with a sympathetic twist. I've written many more in between that one and this year’s coming of age novel, The Guardian’s Diary.
Is there a character or scene that you wish you could go back and change?
There is a character that I based on a particular student I liked in one of my classes. I’m not going to say which book he’s in other than that it’s one of my young adult novels. When I got frustrated that no agent would look at the manuscript I rewrote the ending and killed off that character. Wouldn't you know that then the book got grabbed by a publisher and we kept that ending. I’d like to go back and save him.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire
If you could live anywhere at all, where would it be?
If I could live anywhere in the world I would live in a small town in northern Michigan where people don’t lock their doors, where you can go to the bank, the library, the post office, and the grocery store and everyone knows your name, where the little white church on the hill really is a friendly place for worship and fellowship. I’d live in a log home and always feel like I’m on vacation in a resort community where the summers are hot, the winters are beautifully white, and the falls burst with color. There would have to be a couple of enormous lakes connected by lazy rivers and I’d populate the place with lots of nice people, a few quirky fellows, one village crank, and an assortment of irascible kids. If you haven’t guessed – this is where I live and I hope I never have to leave.
Describe your desk
My desk is a beautiful oak roll top where I take care of everything except writing. For that I use a laptop and sit in the sun room of our full log home, deep in the heart of a quiet forest.
Who has inspired you most in your life?
My father inspired, motivated, and encouraged me more than anyone else. His belief in me and his pride in my achievements helped me through those “inconveniences”: divorce, cancer scares, death. My oldest daughter inspires me, too, because she never complains. She has monthly infusions for Crohn's disease while managing a home with three small children and a husband in grad school. Oh, and one child is severely allergic, one has Down syndrome, and the third is a newborn. Why doesn't she complain about how hard life is? I hope it’s because I have passed on to her, from my father, the concept that life is an adventure and it’s all in God’s hands.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

The Time Bender
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,510. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In THE TIME BENDER, a mix of sci-fi, fairytale, and hormones, 16 year old Selina wants a boyfriend who is, at the very least, human. When she starts to fall for exchange student Marcum, she balks, not because she finds out he was born on another planet—he sure seems to be human—and not because he only seems interested in her ability to bend time, but because she learns that she’s not 100% human.
The Girl in the Time Machine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,060. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A desperate girl A faulty time machine A paradox waiting to happen ...
A Soul's Kiss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,240. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
When a tragic accident leaves Jessica comatose, her spirit escapes her body. Now the only two people willing to help Jessica’s splintered soul are the two she’s hurt the most. They must find a way to guide her soul back to her body . . . before it’s too late.
Out of Exodia
Series: The Exodia Ledgers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,760. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
In this sequel to EXODIA, Dalton Battista takes on his prophesied identity as Bram O'Shea. When this psychic teen leads a city of 21st century American survivalists out from under an oppressive regime, he puts the escape plan at risk by trusting the mysterious god-like David Ronel.
Series: The Exodia Ledgers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,160. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
By 2093 American life is a strange mix of failing technologies, psychic predictions, and radiation induced abilities. Tattoos are mandatory to differentiate two classes, privileged and slave. Dalton Battista fears that his fading tattoo is a deadly omen. He’s either the heir of the brutal tyrant of the new capital city, Exodia or he’s its prophesied redeemer.
The Guardian's Diary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,770. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
17 year old Jedidiah was born with a gruesome deformity that causes him to drag his foot. He embraces the nickname Dragonfoot and sets his goal to become a champion skateboarder, but amputation, a mission trip to Peru, and two girls that God puts in his path challenge his dream.
Nick Bazebahl and the Fake Witch Tunnels
Series: Tunnels, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,310. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Adventure » Action
NICK BAZEBAHL AND THE FAKE WITCH TUNNELS is book 6 in the TUNNELS series. Nick and Samantha find themselves in an ancient land full of superstitions. Once again they have strange things in their bags. An antfarm, a hairbrush and a sparkly wand help them complete their first mission. But what will they do with a package of jello when they tunnel to the 1600’s and stand trial for witchcraft?
Nick Bazebahl and the Cartoon Tunnels
Series: Tunnels, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
NICK BAZEBAHL AND THE CARTOON TUNNELS is book 5 in the TUNNELS series. In this adventure Nick and his friend Samantha tunnel through an alternate reality and into three separate cartoons. The two of them enjoy a break from their usual missions as they interact with well-known cartoon characters. As usual their backpacks are filled with handy things to get them out of trouble.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,990. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are forced to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.
Adventures in Reading
Price: Free! Words: 40,540. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This is a Sampler collection of the first 5 chapters of several children’s books by author Debra Chapoton. These samplings are brought to you by Big Pine Lodge Books. All books are available in e-book form for $2.99 or $.99 as well as in paperback form.
Nick Bazebahl and the Mining Tunnels
Series: Tunnels, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Sliding into the Old West from their space adventure is quite a shock, but Nick and Samantha adapt quickly. Gold, dynamite, stagecoach villains and an Indian princess are a few of the surprises in book 4 of the TUNNELS series. Should they trust the Indians, the cowboys or the townsfolk? And just where are the tunnels? Will Nick and Sam find one in time?
Nick Bazebahl and the Wormhole Tunnels
Series: Tunnels, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
In book 3 both Nick and Samantha slide into a galactic adventure. She has invented a prince who lives on a planet of strange animals, but the prince is covered with boogers. When his zombie-like behavior creeps them out they escape through wormhole tunnels into a space ship designed totally by Nick’s thoughts. He lets his imagination run wild and Sam is both impressed and afraid. Find out why.
Nick Bazebahl and the Red Tunnels
Series: Tunnels, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Nick and Samantha strengthen their friendship and even out their personal competition in this adventure. Wild dogs, wolves and mountain lions can’t keep Nick from completing each mission. When he teams up with Samantha he can’t get past one particular obstacle and Sam edges ahead of Nick in a challenge he forfeits. Problems arise but they perform awesome feats to get out of THE RED TUNNELS.
Nick Bazebahl and the Forbidden Tunnels
Series: Tunnels, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
12 year old Nick escapes from a strange reformatory only to end up in a stranger place where he is teamed up with a partner and given an assignment. They slide down a forbidden tunnel and begin their odd and mysterious mission to save banned books like Huck Finn, Treasure Island and even Harry Potter. When Nick tries sliding alone the adventure gets crazy. Book 1 in the TUNNELS series.
The Secret in the Hidden Cave - Teacher's Guide
Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Educational
This is the companion teacher's guide to The Secret in the Hidden Cave, a middle grade novel for children ages 9 - 12. The questions, discussion prompts and activities were created by the author, a 30 year veteran teacher. This teacher's guide is appropriate for use in public, private and home school settings and may be reproduced or condensed as deemed necessary.
Bigfoot Day, Ninja Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,200. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
2 Spooky books in one. In Bigfoot Day Anna and her friends skip the school fair to explore the woods behind the playground. They find evidence of a Sasquatch then can’t find their way out of the woods. Things get worse when they take shelter in what might be Bigfoot’s nest. In Ninja Night Luke and his brother, Nick, go on a boys only camping trip, but things get scary quickly as it gets dark.
A Tick in Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,620. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The old pendulum clock ticked when it should have tocked and Tommy slipped into another dimension. Strange adventures, unusual creatures, quirky riddles and scary stuff are normal in this world. When Tommy shows Noelle how to enter this land, the two of them fearlessly explore. Then their younger siblings follow them through the portal and that means trouble. And who or what will follow them back?
Bullies and Bears
Series: Big Pine Lodge, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Missy and Kevin unravel more mysteries and secrets in the caves, the attic, the cemetery and the ruins. A new week of adventures and escapades face them as they confront teenage bullies and a troublesome mama bear. This is book 3 in the series after book 1, The Secret in the Hidden Cave, and book 2, Mystery's Grave. For kids ages 8 - 12.
Mystery's Grave
Series: Big Pine Lodge, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,870. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
After solving the mystery of The Secret in the Hidden Cave, Missy and Kevin thought the rest of the summer would be calm, but they were wrong. In Mystery’s Grave, book two in the series, more surprises await them in the woods, the caves, the stables and the cemetery. Two new families arrive at the lodge, but one family isn’t human. And they’re hiding in the graveyard! For kids ages 8 - 12.
The Secret in the Hidden Cave
Series: Big Pine Lodge, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,150. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two 12-year-olds, Missy Stark and Kevin Jackson, explore the old lodge, the woods, the cemetery and the dark caves beneath the lake and find surprises, danger and secrets. Can they solve the riddles, follow the clues and save the place from destruction? Or are they being used by someone smarter who needs help to reveal The Secret in the Hidden Cave?
Edge of Escape
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,220. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Emotionally impaired yet clever, Eddie obsesses over the most popular girl. He drugs her, abducts her and locks her away. She escapes, but that is part of his plan as he pretends to be her knight in shining armor. Will she accept his special devotion or reject his fragile love? Stalking gets a sympathetic twist in this story of fixation and fear.