Connie Chappell is a lifelong resident of Springfield, Ohio, where she serves its citizens from her office in City Hall. She also produces videos about Springfield, government projects, and community events for the local government-access channel.
Her debut novel, Wild Raspberries, was released by Black Rose Writing in April, 2015. This story is especially dear to her because memory quilts are stitched to it. The memory quilt Connie sewed is described in Wild Raspberries. Memory quilts are sewn with squares cut from favorite clothing a loved one wore in life. The quilts tell a life story, and through them, the reader meets the loved ones the women in Wild Raspberries have lost. The sequel to Wild Raspberries is expected for a 2017 release.
Connie’s first Wrenn Grayson mystery is on the shelf. In Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont, historian-for-hire Wrenn solves a double mystery in her hometown of Havens, Ohio. A murder, coupled with a theft, pulls her away from her duties for Mayor K.C. Tallmadge and her after-hours job of writing historical articles for the local newspaper. Wrenn’s knowledge of hometown history, specifically the old train station, plays into this mystery. Connie’s inspiration behind the inclusion of a Havens train station extends from her hometown, Springfield, Ohio. A second Wrenn Grayson mystery has been hatched, so stay tuned.