Amber Stockton. I'm thrilled you've dropped by!
An email came to me with a reminder that today, the 9th of the month, is my day to post. Well, all right, so I hand-picked this day out of all the other options available. No wait. There were only 3 days left that hadn't been claimed, and this seemed like the best one for me. Guess that's what I get for procrastinating and jumping in to reserve my day sooner. But the 9th day is special, not only because you get the privilege of reading a post from yours truly (tongue-in-cheek), but because it's the last single-digit day of the month before the double-digits take over.
Little tidbits like that often excite me, and finding them amidst other research for my novels is more than a golden nugget to me. It's like discovering an entire goldmine, rich with hidden details and secret little unknown facts that create a desire within others to find out more.
When others ask me about my genre, my answer is usually "historical fiction with romance." And that's true. While all of my books so far might be considered category historical romance, several readers have come back to say they feel like they are getting a rich history lesson interwoven with the story of the characters. But it's not the boring details of faceless names or disconnected dates and details. Instead, it's history that you often won't find in textbooks and stories that often get overlooked in the grand scheme of things.
Stuart Vaughn Stockton) It's why I write romance. That usually means I'm sweet and innocent.
Well, all right. So, how about just sweet.
On second thought, let's stick with historical fiction author. :) Yes, that will do it.
Now, have you ever suffered from the proverbial foot-in-mouth disease? If you engage in conversation with anyone at all, you have likely experienced this at least once in your life. Me? That disease seems to follow me wherever I go. It's probably because I've never known a stranger, and my mouth often speaks before my brain has had a chance to tell me whether or not it's wise to say what tumbles out. This doesn't bother me, though, as it usually translates into a memorable first impression. Now, whether that memory is good or bad depends upon the recipient, but so far I haven't had any complaints. :)
But never let it be said that I run from a challenge. Just take a look at my everyday life, staying home and working as a virtual assistant for a local small-press publisher, with two little munchkins underfoot (a daughter who will be 4 in April and a son who will 2 in the same month), while attempting to find time to write and meet deadlines, as well as somehow figure out how to market my books and keep selling new ones. Praise God for my agent, or I likely would disappear into oblivion and lose myself in the mounds of laundry, constant vacuuming, mopping, and scrubbing, and the general demands on my time from a toddler and preschooler. Every day, it becomes clear to me my most authors wait until their children are older or even out of the house before beginning their writing careers. That luxury isn't mine, though, and somewhere in all of this, God has a plan. My job is merely to trust Him and keep doing the best I can to move forward. That's the simple faith most of my characters possess, and it's what propels most of my stories. I don't beat you over the head with religious diatribes or include amazing conversion stories. Instead, I offer a slice of life as it might have been and invite you to lose yourself among the pages of the stories God gives me to tell.
So, that being said, I'm thrilled to be here with fellow historical fiction authors who share my love of history and passion for writing. It's equally exciting to visit with you, the reader. For without you, we writers couldn't keep doing what we love. Thank you for coming along for the ride!
I'll see you next month, where I'll share about the history of New Castle, Delaware, and offer a giveaway of my March release. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more, feel free to check me out on Twitter, Facebook, and my web site. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you.