Interview with Brian Schmit

What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a book that history teachers could use in their classrooms. In the past I would use books like Johnny Tremain, Fever, Red Badge of Courage, etc.. The stories were great, but for the amount of time I dedicated to reading the books in class, they just didn't provide enough factual information from my curriculum. So When I wrote A Friend of America, I made sure it was loaded with factual information that would be pertinent for the middle school history classroom. The response from teachers has been fantastic!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As I writer I can share with my students in a captivated reading environment. Kids like to listen to and read stories more than they like to read facts out of a textbook. Having the ability to get them factual information within the context of a story allows for a connection to be made between the student and the curriculum in an enjoyable and effective manner.
What audience do you write for?
A Friend of America is written for middle school students and teachers to learn about the events that lead to American independence. Aide-De-Camp: The Adventures of Alex Hamilton was written for the adult reader of historical fiction.
Do your books have a common theme.
Both of my books feature Alexander Hamilton as the main character. In A Friend of America, Alex is a seventeen year old college student who gets caught up in the beginnings of the American Revolution with his best pal Hercules Mulligan. Aide-De-Camp could be seen as a sequel to A Friend of America. In this novel Alex, as a young man, is the newly appointed Treasury Secretary under George Washington, whose life becomes a dramatic adventure as he takes a lead role in building the American government.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have been involved in education since 1987 when I took my first job as a substitute teacher and track coach. When I'm not writing I'm teaching or coaching.
What are you working on next?
The format of A Friend of America has proven successful. Having written about the time period leading up to the Revolutionary War, my current project focuses on the time period leading up to the Civil War.
Published 2014-08-27.
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Books by This Author

A Friend of America
Series: A Friend of America, book and learning guide, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,650. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Seventeen year old Alexander Hamilton and his best friend Hercules Mulligan travel to Boston to stave off an assassination attempt on the leaders of the Sons of Liberty. Along the way they learn about the American Revolution and meet patriots like John and Abigail Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams. Alex and Hercules get caught up in the revolutionary spirit as they join the fight!