Saturday, December 28, 2013

Last Interview of 2013 with Author Amber Schamel

Howdy y'all! Yep, it's Crystal here. :) Hope y'all had a very merry Christmas and are now looking forward to the New Year. Well, 2013 has been an interesting year for me. One of the many pleasures I enjoyed was helping found this wonderful new group blog and getting to interact with the wonderful gal I get the joy of interviewing today--Amber Schamel.

(Stick around to ask questions and comment below 'cause Amber's agreed to giveaway a free copy of her book. The winner will have his/her choice of an immediate e-copy or a paperback version when it becomes available in the New Year.)

So, Amber, tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a 22-year-old, homeschool graduate who is deeply in love with Jesus Christ. I enjoy piano, singing, tickling my 11 siblings, smelling books, and eating chocolate.

I hope you never get the books and chocolate confused. =D What's your book about?

My book is about The Swaddling Clothes that wrapped the baby Jesus. My story follows the cloth from their creation at the time of King David all through Jewish history and the carrying away into Babylon, down to the stable in Bethlehem.

That's quite a unique premise. Where did you come up with the idea for your novel?

A veggie tales movie. It sounds really funny, but my siblings were watching "The Toy that Saved Christmas" in August when I was praying about a Christmas story. When the grandpa on the movie quoted the scripture in Luke about Jesus being wrapped in 'baby clothes' I thought "wait a second...the KJV says 'swaddling clothes'. What's the difference? I mean, you'd expect to see a baby wrapped in baby was it mentioned more than once? Many hours of research later, the idea for The Swaddling Clothes was born.

I love how God can use anything as a teaching tool, even Veggie Tales. :) So, what is your favorite thing about your new book?

The Swaddling Clothes has a couple of very special features. First, it has footnotes throughout the story with scripture references so that the reader can easily see which parts are fact and which are fiction. Second, it has a glossary and pronunciation guide at the back. This includes definitions of foreign words and names and also outlines each character, if they are fictitious or factual, and scripture references so that the reader can study the life of the character on their own. It really makes The Swaddling Clothes more of a Bible Study tool than just a fun read.

Wow, those are some cool features. Where can readers find your book?

It is now available in ebook on for only $.99!

The paperbacks are coming out at the end of this year, but you can pre-order autographed copies at my website.

It's been fun chatting with you today. Where else can readers connect with you?

Facebook -
Or on this wonderful blog called Stitches Thru Time. :)

Okay, a couple last questions...

What's your favorite creative outlet besides writing?

Music. I love to sing and play the piano, even though I'm not very good at it.

I love music too. What's one resolution you plan to make for the coming year?

To finish the Days of Messiah series. The first book has been out since July, and my fans REALLY want me to finish the series!

Sounds awesome! I wish you great success in your endeavors. Thanks so much for spending time with us today, Amber, to tell us more about your story. The Swaddling Clothes sounds like a very unique, interesting read. 

All right, ladies and gents, it's now your turn to ask questions. Leave your comments below with your email address to be included in a drawing for Amber's new book The Swaddling Clothes. The happy winner will be announced after 6 pm EST on December 31st, 2013, so be sure to get your comments and questions in before that time, then check back on this post to see if you've won. :)


  1. I really enjoy Amber's books. Thank you for the wonderful interview. I would love to win this book...I am very interested in reading it.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks Melanie! Best wishes in the drawing!

  2. I love the way God lays a story on our hearts. How did you go about finding information about swaddling clothing in Christ's time?

    1. Hey Patricia,
      I did a lot of research on the internet searching various religious websites, encyclopedias and other places. I also searched various sermon databases.

  3. I love the premise of this book and look forward to reading THE SWADDLING CLOTHES. I think the footnotes and other special features mentioned will be a wonderful addition to this special book. Are you planning to include these unique Bible study features in other books?

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

    1. Hey Britney!
      The additional features were really exciting for me, and the Lord really helped me out with them a lot. I thought there was NO WAY I would get the book done by the deadline, but thanks to His grace, I had the story along with all the extras to my publisher a week before deadline. :) He is so good to me.

      I believe that my future books will also include footnotes and a glossary if they are applicable. I am now working on the second book in the Days of Messiah series which is mostly fiction based on only a passage or two in Scripture, so not sure how applicable the extras would be on this one. :)

  4. I really enjoy Biblical historical fiction and have never read a book on the swaddling clothes. Sounds very intriguing. Love to win your book. sharon, wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Congratulations, Melanie!! You're our winner! Hope you truly enjoy the book. :D