Local author Jeannie Chambers publishes second book

Local author Jeannie Chambers recently released her second book, Arnetta and The Mirror of Destiny: The Future Doesn’t Belong to the Faint Hearted.

Arnetta and The Mirror of Destiny: The Future Doesn’t Belong to the Faint Hearted is local author Jeannie Chambers’ second published book.

The story follows a 16-year old girl, Arnetta, from a textile town in S.C. who discovers a mirror with the power to show the future and causes a ripple effect in Arnetta’s otherwise mundane life.

Arnetta and the Mirror of Destiny is the journey of a teenager who learns that knowing certain things can be beautiful, but also heartbreaking, dangerous, or deadly.

Set in 1985 during Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration, Chambers said if you’re going to write about the future, you have to start in the past.

Chambers said she is consistently thinking of new stories and adventures, asking what if. The story may be fiction, but Chambers likes to think “it could happen…”

“I do a lot of background research and behind the scenes stuff because I want everything to be right,” said Chambers. “When you’re writing fiction, you have to remember it’s fiction. It’s so real to me when I write it, I feel like it’s really happening.”

From left are Jeannie Chambers and longtime friend Debbie Clarke at a book signing for Arnetta and The Mirror of Destiny at Books Unlimited in Franklin on Halloween.

This is Chambers’ second published work, the first being Tunnel of Time released in 2017. However, both of those works were not written the year they were published. Tunnel of Time was written in 2013, and Arnetta and The Mirror of Destiny in 2012.

“Once you have the foundation of a book written, that’s when the editing process begins,” said Chambers. “By the time a book gets published, it has gone through so many revisions. It takes a long time to read the whole story over and over. Then you have other people read and get their feedback. Plus, I have a day job.”

The projects both took shape in 2012-13 when Chambers participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes place each November. NanoWriMo is a nonprofit that challenges people of all walks of life to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month.

When Chambers writes, her goal is to write stories that make people think without being taught, and tickle inquisitive bones where the only way to satisfy that itch is to read more and more.

Chambers is a native of South Carolina and has lived in Highlands since the early 1990s. She owns and operates Chambers Realty & Vacation Rentals (her day job) with her husband Tucker.

Arnetta and The Mirror of Destiny: The Future Doesn’t Belong to the Faint Hearted is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Nook, and Books-A-Million.

Visit Chambers’ website for latest book news HERE.

Follow Chambers on social media:
twitter.com @inthehighlands
Instagram jeannie.chambers

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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