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Amber Schamel is a multi-published author of Christian Historical Fiction. Her passion for history and culture has led her to travel extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. Amber is actively involved in her church and enjoys volunteer work and music ministry. Raised in a family of twelve children and homeschooled throughout her education, she currently resides in the beautiful state of Colorado where she also serves as bookkeeper and marketing director for their family businesses. Find Amber on her blog, or on all the main social media sites.
inspired you to become a writer?
I have always had an active imagination and even as a young
girl I would make up stories and play them out in my make believe. I
started writing those stories down when I was about fourteen. But the
real calling came about the time I graduated from High School. I had
been doing a lot of study on how media and books affect people's
attitudes and worldview. It was astonishing how the subtle messages
that have been worked into entertainment over the years has
completely transformed our nation and our morals. I realized that
someone needed to write stories that upheld morals, faith and
godliness. The Lord then led me to Habakkuk 2:2 which says " And
the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain
upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." That became my
one of your books do you consider your “pride and joy”? Why?
So far, I'd have to say The Swaddling Clothes. It was one of the
most difficult to write because it basically follows the Jewish
history from the time of King David to the time of Jesus. Covering so
many characters and such a wide time space was difficult, and I
thought there would be NO way in this WORLD that I would have it done
in time for a Christmas release. But after praying through it, I was
able to send the completed manuscript with all the extras (footnotes,
glossary and pronunciation guide) in to my editor a week before my
deadline. It was TOTALLY a God thing.
have any preparation rituals before you begin to write?
It starts off with a lot of prayer asking the Lord to 'teach my
fingers to write'. He is always faithful. I also do a lot of my study
and character development before I start writing, that way I have
less interruptions once I begin. As far as a daily basis, I like to
start with some prayer and Bible reading, then I read a little of the
story I'm working on before I resume writing.
had to come up with a book title to describe your life, what would
Wow, that is a great question! It would
either be "But for the Grace of God" or "The Only
Thing That's Good in Me is Jesus."
had a chance to have dinner with any author who would it be?
Why you, of course. ;)
have family, work and other obligations...how do you maintain
balance while in the middle of a writing project?
Haha, this is always a battle for the writer. It involves a lot of
prayer, tightly managed schedule and usually less sleep.
the one piece of advice you received about writing that helped you
Hmm, I've received a lot of good advice. Probably the best piece
of advice was simply "Keep writing, don't give up." Writing
is an art, so eventually you will find someone who likes your style.
can we purchase your books? (provide link) and how can we keep up
with you? (blog link, webpage, fan page)
but not least.....What and when is your next release? Provide a
Well, I just released Samuel Adams (volume 2 in HHP's Declaration
of Independence Series) this past week. Synopsis: Liberty hangs in the balance. With
Pennsylvania's vote divided, the declaration may not pass. Samuel
Adams has two hours to convince the delegates to pass the document,
or the lives sacrificed for freedom will be worthless.
My next release (Lord willing) will be
book two in the Days of Messiah Series. I'm hoping to release it in