Interview: Amber Schamel

Amber Schamel is a homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children. She started writing when she was still in Elementary school, but didn’t take it seriously until 2012. She was first published at age 21, and says she’s learned a lot since then.

Enjoy this interview with Amber.

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Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
The Master’s Calling is the third book in the Days of Messiah series. It follows Malon Ben Tyrus, a young Jewish merchant who longs to become one of Jesus’ disciples. When at last his father consents to let him go, Malon arrives in Jerusalem to find that he is too late. Jesus has already been crucified.

Amber Schamel front finalThere are a lot of takaways that I hope to leave with my readers in this book, but I guess the top one would be a lasting impression of how faithful our God is, and how magnificently His hand orchestrates the events in our lives.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
The Bible is the most interesting book I’ve ever read. Besides being an accurate account of history, it is also an enthralling story with Christ’s love for us woven through every word. I’ve recently been reading in Isaiah, and he uses so many descriptive types. I just love it.

Book you’re currently reading?
I’m currently reading Real Christianity by William Wilberforce. He’s a historical hero of mine. 🙂

What is your best marketing tip?
Goodreads is my favorite way to connect with readers. It’s easy to get on and be a book-lover, interact with other book-lovers, and gain some new readers along the way. My tip: be genuine and friendly, not just a self promoter.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? Also, do you write every day, 5 days a week…?
My schedule is pretty crazy. I set a monthly goal, and I strive to write every day, but there are days I just can’t make time for it. I usually write 6 days a week. I reserve Sundays for fellowship with my Savior.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Yes, names are very important to me. I almost always look at the name origin and meaning before choosing it for my character. For example, in The Master’s Calling, I have a Roman Centurion who is very proud. Quite frankly, he’s my main character’s thorn in the side. The name I chose for him is Marcus Pomponius Gallus. Pomponius means pompous and Gallus means rooster, so his name describes him as the pompous rooster he is. 🙂

I use a variety of online name books, but my favorite is probably Behind the Name.

Thanks for that resource! I’ll have to remember it the next time I’m looking for the perfect character name. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write while listening to soundtrack music, but I don’t know how interesting that is. Sometimes I cry while writing scenes. I often write while driving in the car with ten children. That might be interesting to some. LOL.

What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?
The leading of the Holy Spirit. I rely on that completely and would not be a good writer without it.

Where can we learn more about you?
On my website, www.AmberSchamel.com, or connect with me on Goodreads, Pinterest or Facebook. I also write on the Stitches Thru Time and Heroes, Heroines and History blogs.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmberSchamel
Pintrest – http://pinterest.com/AmberDSchamel/
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author

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