Welcome Amber! So happy to have you with us. Amber is giving away a paperback copy of book 1 in the series, The Healer's Touch. Be sure to ask Amber a question or comment on her post to be entered to win. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are follower for an extra entry. Share on FB and/or twitter for an extra entry (be sure to let me know).
I'm so excited to be visiting with you all on the Sword and Spirit blog today! What a fantastic title for a blog. I love it.
I wanted to come up with something very special for y'all, so I thought I would share some never-told-before behind the scenes tidbits on my Days of Messiah series. I'm about to let you in on a few things that only my closest family/friends have heard about.
5 Little-known facts about the Days of Messiah series:
1. The Healer's Touch (which became book one) was written before I graduated High School and was only 4 pages long.
2. It didn't begin as a series.
In the beginning, there was no series, no book, just a super short story about a bitter woman who was healed of leprosy. When I got my first contract with a publisher, I had to find something else to write. As I prayed about what would be next, that short story came on my heart. That's when God dropped the idea into my heart for the entire series. He told me that not only did Aaliyah have a story, but her husband Tyrus did too, and her son Malon had an incredible tale to tell. The Days of Messiah series was born.
3. The story was originally set in Jerusalem, not Capernaum.
When I wrote the short story all those years ago, Aaliyah lived outside of Jerusalem and came into the capital city to meet Jesus. But as I crafted the whole book, and the series, I immediately knew I had to change the location. I needed a town where Jesus spent a lot of time, had a more small-town feel, and was also home to some of Jesus' disciples. Aaliyah and her family were uprooted and transported to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus.
4. Barabbas was a God-moment.
While writing the second book in the series, The Messiah's Sign, I hit a brick wall. The writing was going very slow, and between the other projects that had distracted my attention, I lost my excitement for the story. "Lord, I really need your help here. If I am not even interested in this story, how am I going to keep a reader interested?"
I knew that the story would have a villain who would terrorize Tyrus and his son, but that was about as far as I had gone with it. But it was at that moment (as I swept the floors and prayed about the story) that God whispered something in my ear. "The villain is Barabbas."
Whoa. That fits perfectly...not only that, it totally enriches book number three.
With that little hint, the story really took off.
5. Why I split Book 1 & 2
I've had readers ask why I didn't put books one and two together, mixing in the different point of views from Aaliyah and Tyrus. I didn't combine their stories because I wanted the reader to experience each of their perspectives separately. In book one, Tyrus is the villain, but in book two, he is the hero. I wanted the readers to experience Aaliyah's hate for him before they see his side of the story. I wanted them to see the difference, because you cannot hate someone until you de-humanize them and make them a monster. In Aaliyah's mind, Tyrus is a monster, and the reader can see that. But in book two, I wanted to show the reader that there is always two sides to a story, and if we could understand the motivations behind the actions, it makes it so much easier to sympathize and forgive the people in our lives.
I hope you've enjoyed this behind the scenes peak into the Days of Messiah series! I'm going to give one of you the chance to win book one The Healer's Touch, so be sure to leave me a comment below to get your name in the drawing.
Aaliyah's last chance at winning her husband's love is destroyed when she is
banished from her home as an 'unclean' sinner. Her husband has branded her as an adulteress and threatens to kill her if she comes near the town.
Struggling to survive amidst the fear, grief and bitterness of living in a leper colony, she would give anything just to see her son again. Is God really punishing her with this disease?
When rumors of a Healer from Nazareth reach the colony, Aaliyah wonders if this man could really heal her, or if He would despise her like the rest of her people. It is now that Aaliyah must make the most difficult decision of her life: risk her life to appear in public, or die a leper.
Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest". A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. Amber is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.
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