First novel inspires new Waterdown author to write sequel

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Toni Chappel had never written a novel before, but last June - after seeing two movies - she was inspired to write her first book. The Waterdown mother of two and grandmother of one is the author of Mask In The Corridor, a 283-page mystery romance which grew out of her fascination for the stories told in The Phantom of the Opera and Timeline.

Both stories, which she saw in movie form, set the stage for her novel, which she wrote in less than four months last summer. She started crafting her story on computer in mid-June and completed it in late September.

"This just happened," she said, expressing surprise on how quickly it all came together. "It just came to me."

Chappel is quick to point out that the concept of traveling back in time isn't a trivial notion but has been embraced by many, including great thinkers such as Albert Einstein.

Once the plot for her story began to evolve, Chappel literally couldn't rest until her story was told. "I had four hours of sleep at night," she said, recalling how intense things became when she was writing.

She was often late for her part-time job as a cake decorator at the A&P grocery store in Milton because she lost track of time while writing. But she said her boss understood when she explained that she couldn't leave her heroine in raging water without rescuing her before she set off to work.

An understanding boss certainly helped, but support didn't end there. Six co-workers volunteered to read Chappel's book, often passing along valuable advice as she worked to complete her novel.

One suggestion the author took to heart was that she write a sequel. She she is already well into it and plans to finish by the end of April. Her next book will be entitled, A Century Away, and will include several references to important points in history, including the discovery of penicillin and the outbreak of the First World War.

A young archaeologist named Jillian is the heroine in Mask in the Corridor. Discovery of a 100-year-old porcelain mask takes Jillian on a mission through the underground passageways of the historic French city of Rouen. The journey leads to romance and adventure when Jillian meets a French count who hides his facial deformity behind a mask.

The book was published by AuthorHouse, a print-on-demand publishing company in Bloomington, Indiana. Right now, it is only available by ordering it online at www.amazon.com Besides Canada, it is also available in France, Germany, England and Japan.

Writing her first book wasn't a daunting task for Chappel, but there were times when it was very challenging. She wrote her story on computer and at one point, 40,000 words disappeared. Although she recovered some of her work that had been saved on floppy disks, she found herself re-writing a good deal of her lost chapters.

Chappel got a lot of support while crafting her first work, but she is especially thankful to her father, who purchased a laptop computer for her. He also paid for the editing of her book. She insists it wouldn't have been published without his help.

After completing the sequel, Chappel has plans for a third book. Geared to readers between the ages of 10 and 15, the book was started after Mask in the Corridor, but left unfinished when the author turned her attention to writing A Century Away. She plans to return to the space adventure story as soon as her second book is completed.

Chappel thinks she has come a long way from her high school days at Westdale Secondary School where she recalls finding it difficult to write a 1,000-word essay. Now, with one book published, another almost finished and a third on the horizon, she has found her niche.

First novel inspires new Waterdown author to write sequel

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Toni Chappel had never written a novel before, but last June - after seeing two movies - she was inspired to write her first book. The Waterdown mother of two and grandmother of one is the author of Mask In The Corridor, a 283-page mystery romance which grew out of her fascination for the stories told in The Phantom of the Opera and Timeline.

Both stories, which she saw in movie form, set the stage for her novel, which she wrote in less than four months last summer. She started crafting her story on computer in mid-June and completed it in late September.

"This just happened," she said, expressing surprise on how quickly it all came together. "It just came to me."

Chappel is quick to point out that the concept of traveling back in time isn't a trivial notion but has been embraced by many, including great thinkers such as Albert Einstein.

Once the plot for her story began to evolve, Chappel literally couldn't rest until her story was told. "I had four hours of sleep at night," she said, recalling how intense things became when she was writing.

She was often late for her part-time job as a cake decorator at the A&P grocery store in Milton because she lost track of time while writing. But she said her boss understood when she explained that she couldn't leave her heroine in raging water without rescuing her before she set off to work.

An understanding boss certainly helped, but support didn't end there. Six co-workers volunteered to read Chappel's book, often passing along valuable advice as she worked to complete her novel.

One suggestion the author took to heart was that she write a sequel. She she is already well into it and plans to finish by the end of April. Her next book will be entitled, A Century Away, and will include several references to important points in history, including the discovery of penicillin and the outbreak of the First World War.

A young archaeologist named Jillian is the heroine in Mask in the Corridor. Discovery of a 100-year-old porcelain mask takes Jillian on a mission through the underground passageways of the historic French city of Rouen. The journey leads to romance and adventure when Jillian meets a French count who hides his facial deformity behind a mask.

The book was published by AuthorHouse, a print-on-demand publishing company in Bloomington, Indiana. Right now, it is only available by ordering it online at www.amazon.com Besides Canada, it is also available in France, Germany, England and Japan.

Writing her first book wasn't a daunting task for Chappel, but there were times when it was very challenging. She wrote her story on computer and at one point, 40,000 words disappeared. Although she recovered some of her work that had been saved on floppy disks, she found herself re-writing a good deal of her lost chapters.

Chappel got a lot of support while crafting her first work, but she is especially thankful to her father, who purchased a laptop computer for her. He also paid for the editing of her book. She insists it wouldn't have been published without his help.

After completing the sequel, Chappel has plans for a third book. Geared to readers between the ages of 10 and 15, the book was started after Mask in the Corridor, but left unfinished when the author turned her attention to writing A Century Away. She plans to return to the space adventure story as soon as her second book is completed.

Chappel thinks she has come a long way from her high school days at Westdale Secondary School where she recalls finding it difficult to write a 1,000-word essay. Now, with one book published, another almost finished and a third on the horizon, she has found her niche.

First novel inspires new Waterdown author to write sequel

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Toni Chappel had never written a novel before, but last June - after seeing two movies - she was inspired to write her first book. The Waterdown mother of two and grandmother of one is the author of Mask In The Corridor, a 283-page mystery romance which grew out of her fascination for the stories told in The Phantom of the Opera and Timeline.

Both stories, which she saw in movie form, set the stage for her novel, which she wrote in less than four months last summer. She started crafting her story on computer in mid-June and completed it in late September.

"This just happened," she said, expressing surprise on how quickly it all came together. "It just came to me."

Chappel is quick to point out that the concept of traveling back in time isn't a trivial notion but has been embraced by many, including great thinkers such as Albert Einstein.

Once the plot for her story began to evolve, Chappel literally couldn't rest until her story was told. "I had four hours of sleep at night," she said, recalling how intense things became when she was writing.

She was often late for her part-time job as a cake decorator at the A&P grocery store in Milton because she lost track of time while writing. But she said her boss understood when she explained that she couldn't leave her heroine in raging water without rescuing her before she set off to work.

An understanding boss certainly helped, but support didn't end there. Six co-workers volunteered to read Chappel's book, often passing along valuable advice as she worked to complete her novel.

One suggestion the author took to heart was that she write a sequel. She she is already well into it and plans to finish by the end of April. Her next book will be entitled, A Century Away, and will include several references to important points in history, including the discovery of penicillin and the outbreak of the First World War.

A young archaeologist named Jillian is the heroine in Mask in the Corridor. Discovery of a 100-year-old porcelain mask takes Jillian on a mission through the underground passageways of the historic French city of Rouen. The journey leads to romance and adventure when Jillian meets a French count who hides his facial deformity behind a mask.

The book was published by AuthorHouse, a print-on-demand publishing company in Bloomington, Indiana. Right now, it is only available by ordering it online at www.amazon.com Besides Canada, it is also available in France, Germany, England and Japan.

Writing her first book wasn't a daunting task for Chappel, but there were times when it was very challenging. She wrote her story on computer and at one point, 40,000 words disappeared. Although she recovered some of her work that had been saved on floppy disks, she found herself re-writing a good deal of her lost chapters.

Chappel got a lot of support while crafting her first work, but she is especially thankful to her father, who purchased a laptop computer for her. He also paid for the editing of her book. She insists it wouldn't have been published without his help.

After completing the sequel, Chappel has plans for a third book. Geared to readers between the ages of 10 and 15, the book was started after Mask in the Corridor, but left unfinished when the author turned her attention to writing A Century Away. She plans to return to the space adventure story as soon as her second book is completed.

Chappel thinks she has come a long way from her high school days at Westdale Secondary School where she recalls finding it difficult to write a 1,000-word essay. Now, with one book published, another almost finished and a third on the horizon, she has found her niche.