V.P. Chandler

I have a B.A. in Literature from Southwestern University and I’ve been a paralegal, a teacher, and a rancher. Remote ranch life, and the urge to document the fading history and culture of rural Texas, have fueled my life-long desire to write. I grew up in a family involved with the criminal justice system, (parole officer, criminal justice professor, pathologist, photographer, etc.), so thinking about crime is in my blood.

I’m a member of  Sisters in Crime, the Heart of Texas chapter of Sisters in Crime, and Austin Mystery Writers. I’m also an administrative assistant at Writer Unboxed and a moderator for its Facebook group.

I have short stories in the Austin Mystery Writers anthologies, Murder on Wheels (winner of the 2016 Silver Falchion Award for Best Short Fiction Anthology) and Lone Star Lawless. I’m currently working on my debut novel, Gilt Ridden. I’m also proud to have collaborated on the Writer Unboxed book, Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide To What It Really Takes To Get Published (Writer’s Digest).

When I’m not writing, reading, I’m either substitute teaching, singing with my church choir, playing percussion in community band, making jewelry, or reading at our Texas hill country home.

If you wish to contact me, I can be reached by email at: info@vpchandler.com or vpchandlerauthor@gmail.com

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V.P.'s bookshelf: read

The Time Machine/The Invisible Man
liked it
Read The Invisible Man. Pretty good. Brings up some interesting notions about invisibility. Like how he explains reflection, refraction, and absorption. It was a bit creepy considering it was written over 100 years ago!
Jitterbug Perfume
it was ok
I liked the story and the message. Didn't like the long passages and crude language.
The Door to December
it was ok
Too wordy and amateurish. Did note that he wrote this in 1985. His writing has improved.
The Alchemist
liked it
I liked the story and its lesson, but I thought it was too wordy. He over-explains things like he thinks the reader won't understand.


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