Historical Fiction – It’s a conspiracy!
By Amber Schamel
I loved history class. But that makes me weird. Most of the folks I’ve talked to HATED history in school. Just a bunch of boring dates, names, and events that don’t even matter today. To a history lover, this sounds like heresy! However, I’ve also had the privilege of meeting a few folks that have been converted from this type of thinking. ;) And it was done through Historical Fiction.
I love historical fiction because it takes the names, dates, and events and breathes life and character into them. It causes the scenes of history to come alive in the mind. It brings out the story behind the names and dates. I suppose you could say that it takes history and plants it into a more palatable form.
I remember one time my mother did this. She conspired to make the family eat eggplant unknowingly. She made lasagna and used thinly sliced eggplant in place of the noodles, hoping that the sauce, meat and cottage cheese would make it unnoticeable. Let me tell you, it didn’t work. Eggplant does not at all compare to pasta, I don’t care what nutritionists say. Nasty stuff. It didn’t cut like noodles, it tasted horrible, and I nearly lost my appetite for lasagna altogether. To this day, the only thing I like about eggplant is the lovely color of purple it is. Nice to look at, but don’t ask me to eat it.
Historical fiction has a similar challenge. To take history and make it interesting, gripping, and an unforgettable adventure. In this way, some folks might consider us authors to be conspirators. Working together to brainwash people into loving and consuming history, without even knowing it.
If that’s a crime, I’m guilty. Guilty of hoping to share the love and fascination I have with the past and it’s many intriguing people and happenings.
So, what do you think? Is historical fiction a “conspiracy”? Has historical fiction changed the way you see history? Have you ever run across a historical book that felt like eggplant lasagna? Share your thoughts below to get your name in the drawing to win an ebook copy of Dawn of Liberty!
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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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