My novels and other books are primarily set in small town Maine. There are exceptions, but that is my favorite work. Some are fiction, some are not, and some remain unwritten so we'll just have to see...
My first book, A CERTAIN FALL, is a fictionalized account of life in my hometown, based on actual events occurring primarily through the 1950's and'60's to a present day. This book garnered some attention and evolved into a training model for the State of Maine Children's Services, and Spurwink School. This was followed by two other novels. SPIDER LAKE, a book for adults and young adults, the genre is mixed: a little horror/thriller and an effort at staying with my mission to share the complex truth about child abuse and its impact long term. MOTHER, NIGHT, AND WATER, a large novel that centers on the plight of a family and their children, who have encountered the prejudice of others because of poverty, and the unlikely bond that developed between two young people from different backgrounds. Set in small town Maine.
REVIEW OF SPIDER lAKE
"Spider lake, is a suspenseful tale of a father and 13 year old son who are lost, both in the Maine wilderness and in the parallel wilderness of their own relationship. The complexity of father-son relationships is revealed in the setting of an outdoor adventure,complete with a mysterious deadly monster. Equally captivating is the presentation of varied and interesting characters struggling with the universal conflicts such as fear vs courage, tenderness vs abusiveness, and strength vs violence. While directed at adolescents this novel will be of
interest to all ages." - Donald Stover, Ph.D.
My books are self published. Don't have the time at my age to wade through the corporate book business, loaded with Catch-22's. But they are available at Amazon.com and some may still be available through Barnes and Noble. I currently have only one ebook (MOTHER, NIGHT, AND WATER) that is also available in hardcopy. My future books will all have an ebook available as well as a hardcopy.
A Certain Fall*
Mother, Night, and Water
*(A Certain Fall is currently out of print. Some older, poorly proofed early editions may be available on Amazon as used books. I am going to revise and add to this book and publish with a new publisher in the future. It will be my next book after Entangled.)
REVIEWS OF A CERTAIN FALL
"Chapman's ability to develop powerful characters and use vividly lifelike descriptions may have readers placing A Certain Fall on their shelves alongside the books of another such talented New England author--John Irving." - Mark Chag, Book Reviews, Advertiser-Democrat.
A Certain Fall is brilliant, haunting, moving, and intelligent." - James McDonough, LCSW
"Chapman has combined his literary skills, knowledge of the research and his career long experience in child welfare to create fiction that authentically describes the events and effects of child abuse." - Donald Stover, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist.
"A Certain Fall allows for the serious consideration of an often overlooked element of healing--spirituality. By doing so Chapman invites us to consider the value and importance of this element in the healing process. What a gift he has." - Dr. Amy D. Ouellette, MD
"I was completely captured...staggered by the power of the story and the beauty of the writing. This is a wonderful, moving book." - Ellen Crosby, LCSW.
My wife, Janis, was diagnosed in August, 2014 with a rapidly progressing dementia, Alzheimer's type. She was placed in a dementia unit that September at the age of 67. We had 53 years together. And three children, now adults, of course, as well as three grandchildren.
ENTANGLED, is written as of March, 2020. It is not, however, complete. I expect it will be a while as I do revisions, proofreading, and look for a publisher. Because of the personal theme of this book, I am looking to publish with some control over content and the cover. This may take time. But, my intent is to have it out as soon as feasible. The blog does offer a peek at some of the book as well as other entries about the writing process, and the current circumstances surrounding Janis, and our continuing relationship while she is cared for in her Unit. Some entries reveal the facility and the population/residents and staff interactions. It has been a positive and sometimes humorous relationship (yes, there are moments of shared levity with residents) in what is otherwise a heartrending environment. Janis's life and my own has changed dramatically, in every way, except one...she is still the same girlfriend I've had for more than half a century.
Marriage is a contract; love is not.
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For decades, I have kept diaries. These journals were never intended to be published in any form. But as I wrote ENTANGLED, I realized how significant they were. As a history of my life, most of which has included Janis, it seemed to be valuable for posterity, that is, for future family members to know me-to know us; and the events that were part of our lives, that influenced who we were and who we became. But for the purposes of publication to the general public I chose to select a period, summarized of course, for the book Entangled. I decided to reach a little deeper into these journals that have become a documentation of the days, in context with the history in which they are embedded. What we think, what we do, are within the broader context of our times, the moments of history that impact and involve all of us in that moment, this moment right now.
So, if you are interested. I will share a little more of my diaries, as well as other entries, and current notes. I promise not to go all the way back. I may end up duplicating some stuff from the blog. But, I'm trying to keep that focused on Janis's life - our life -during these years of dementia.
I Plan to place any UPCOMING EVENTS on this page as well.