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It’s been so long since we last visited with Amber Schamel (The Master’s Calling)! Not only is it fun to have her visiting again, but her new cozy mystery sounds intriguing! Before we visit with Amber, let’s take a quick look at Solve by Christmas.
When sabotage threatens the Rudin Sugar Factory, Detective Jasper Hollock believes this will be his first real case. But dear Mr. Rudin—the only father Jasper has ever known—holds a different assignment for his private investigator.
“I’ve struck a deal with God, Jasper, and you’re my angel.”
Mr. Rudin charges Jasper to build a “case” of reasons for his employer to continue his life. If he fails, Mr. Rudin will end it in suicide on Christmas night.
As the incidents at the factory become life threatening, Jasper’s attempts at dissuading Mr. Rudin prove futile, and Jasper is left staring at the stark reality of his own soul. Time is ticking. Jasper must solve both cases by Christmas before Mr. Rudin, the company, and Jasper’s faith, are dragged to perdition. Will this be the Christmas Jasper truly discovers what makes life worth living?
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Welcome back, Amber! What a great story idea! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Solve by Christmas has two or three characters that are my favorites of all the books I’ve written so far. For whatever reason, they really took over. LOL. Jasper is a favorite because he’s very odd, but much about him speaks of my own quirks and weaknesses, so he’s dear to me. Then there’s his ‘sidekick’ Denny. This kid is such a hilarious character that he almost steals the show. The interaction between Jasper and the other characters in this story was so much fun to write.
It does sound fun! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
When I decided on the story idea for Solve by Christmas, I knew I wanted it to be at the very beginning of the whole detective and private investigator age. So I had determined my era, but not yet my location. As I started researching, I was drawn to Denver for several reasons. First of all, there was a lot of historical fodder that fit so well into the story. Between the great blizzard that happened in 1913, and the Wobblies, it was just the perfect place of turmoil to plop my detective into. Secondly, I grew up outside of Denver, so it was a lot of fun to write a story set in there. I know it in modern day, but seeing it in the early days when street cars trilled along is a whole different world.
So much would have been different a century ago. This is a different time period than your Biblical-era fiction. Now that you’ve written both, do you prefer writing one genre over the other? Why?
Solve by Christmas is my first mystery, so it was a bit of a genre stretch for me. Thus far, I have only written inspirational historical fiction. So there was a little common ground, but it’s also a different feel. I love historical, so as long as it fits in that category, I’m happy. Writing a mystery was SO much fun. But it was also harder than writing something that is just historical.
Tell us a little about yourself. Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
One of the earliest books I can remember loving is Harold and the Purple Crayon. In this book, Harold would take his crayon and draw doors to step into. With this pen, he created a whole new world with whatever he wanted in it. I think that might be where my calling as a writer first began. 😊
I love children’s stories that encourage young imaginations! Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I really enjoy chalkboard art, music, reading, and anything historic. One of my family’s favorite things to do is go to church. We catch as many meetings, banquets, camps, revivals etc. that we can. It’s what we do for fun.
It would certainly be hard to argue the value of that! Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I love both, actually. I use my phone as an ereader and I get more reading done that way because I can sneak a few minutes in while waiting for water to boil, or standing in line, or whatever. I also have a Kindle ereader, and I use that too.
But I prefer a paperback book because of the smell. sigh Nothing beats it.
You’re in good company around here. 😉 There’s just something about “real” books… Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Amber!
Your turn! Do you remember a favorite story from your childhood? Why was it a favorite?
More about Amber:
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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Solve by Christmas Giveaway:
Amber has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of Solve by Christmas. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.