Have you ever thought it would be cool to live close to your favorite author? Or maybe spend a week –or hey, why stop there—a month hanging out with them?
Well, it may not be as rosy as you think.
My family deserves a lot of credit for putting up with me. Just ask my 11 siblings, I’m not always a fun person to have around. I have annoying quirks as a history nerd and author. So today, I’m going to do my soul a little good and confess a few of those for the readers wondering what it would be like to have one of us in the family.
1. I will interrupt your TV time to correct inaccuracies.
The family was gathered around for this lovely episode of Andy Griffeth. I was absolutely loving the way Andy was helping Opie and the boys to appreciate history. He was giving a colorful retelling of the midnight ride of Paul Revere when all of a sudden he did the unthinkable.
He called the horse Nellie.
That’s right. I know. It’s horrid. But breathe deep here and we’ll get through this.
Honestly, we history nerds should have an emergency alarm system that starts beeping before we open our mouths. WE INTERRUPT YOUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING FOR AN ALERT FROM THE ENRAGED HISTORY NERD. PLEASE STAND BY.
But we don’t. So my family was subjected to an interruption of their T.V. show while I had my little rant. “Lies! Lies! The horse didn’t belong to Revere. It was borrowed from a Mr. Larkin, and the horse’s name was Brown Beauty, not Nellie!”
My family has learned to be very gracious and accepting of me and my quirks. They only laughed a little and didn’t act too annoyed. Seriously though, ya’ll should appreciate those of us who point out the facts so that you don’t grow up thinking Paul Revere galloped through the streets on a horse called Nellie yelling “the British are coming!” But I digress.
2. A vacation is incomplete and no fun without museums.
When I asked my family what the most annoying thing about me being a history nerd is, they referred to our museum visits. I LOVE museums. My perfect vacation is to some place historic with lots of opportunity for museums. Sure, the beach is nice, but I’d rather see the fort. Or the house of the Hawaiian princess. I’m going to choose the historical walking tour over the zip line every time.
3. And, I’ll want to read every sign in the museum, or at least photograph it.
Have you ever read one of those “If you give a mouse a cookie..” books? Well, they could write one called “If you take an author to a museum...”
My family has literally begged me to leave a museum. “Please, Amber, can’t we go yet? We’ve been here for hours.” Is something I hear more often than I really want to admit. But I seriously want to read every sign, and if you won’t give me enough time to read them all, then I at least want to snap a picture so I can read it later.
And yes, I do actually go through my gallery on my phone and read the signs.
I may also take pictures of weird and seemingly mundane things.
4. Anything you say can and will be fodder for a book.
Although we don’t really like to admit it—even to ourselves—authors end up using daily experiences one way or another in our stories. It may be a situation, or a word here or there, or inspiration for a character quirk or personality.
5. Worse than that, you won’t know for sure when it happens.
Not only will you be used in future projects, but due to legal liability among other reasons, the details will be just vague enough that you won’t know for sure if we based that character (situation, etc.) on you or not. Like the sidekick in my upcoming release, Solve by Christmas, who my little sister is very suspicious was crafted with her in mind. *sly grin*
The good news is, it is possible to look past our annoying idiosyncrasies and love us anyway. My family is proof of that. And, if you can tolerate us long enough, you may come to enjoy our company after all.
Now it’s your turn. Confess a quirk! Or tell me about a quirky history nerd or author you know. Which may or may not be yourself. ;)
Before I go, I have one extra confession...
I LOVE Giveaways!
So today I’m offering an ebook copy of my book Dawn of Liberty to one commenter.
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 has been awarded the 2017 CSPA Book of the Year Award in Historical Fiction. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers and hang out on Goodreads with other bookish peoples. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. Amber is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
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