The first Amazon Kindle Vella serial I decided to write was a cozy mystery. I hadn’t written one before, but I’ve always enjoyed reading them.
A few years ago, my mom and I visited the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, where I had traced one side of the family. I had learned that we descended from a group of German-speaking people in Europe who followed the religious teachings of Carl Schwenckfelder.
I found the history fascinating, so while my mom and I were in PA, we stopped by the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center to learn more (the image at the top of this post has pictures I took from there). The artistry and craftsmanship on display was amazing.
Handmade wagons, stain glassed panels, quilts, farm tools, and furniture built in the 1800s were on exhibit. And on one of the walls was a blown up image of the original document signed by the Schwenkfelders–as they called themselves–who arrived in Philadelphia on September 22, 1734.
I checked for our ancestors’ last names and had a little rush when I found them–Yeakel, Heydrich, and Schubert.
When I got home a few days later, I added all of the information to my genealogy database, but didn’t think much more of it.
But last year, something changed. I started taking my writing seriously, and realized it was something I wanted to pursue full time. While thinking of ideas, the trip to PA came back to me and I wondered how I might use what I’d found.
I decided to use my own family’s history in the cozy mystery serial. I named my protagonist Andora Schubert, which is an actual family name from the 1700s, but I shortened it to Andie for a modern take.
And, I had clues within a Fraktur art piece that Andie had to take to the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA to have them assess it. While she’s there, she pokes around the exhibits and finds her own family name on the same roll I did :).
If you think you might like to check out this cozy mystery serial, here’s the link Andie Schubert Cozy Mysteries.
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