Author Spotlight: Vicky Alvear Shecter
For parents of children and teenagers who love history in all its forms, make sure you point them in the direction of author Vicky Alvear Shecter. A history lover herself, she mainly writes about ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. When not writing books, Shecter works as a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta where she routinely gives tours of the galleries to schoolchildren. She also visits schools and teaches workshops for kids on both non-fiction and history as well.
Shecter says that her love of history harkens back to her childhood, where she was fascinated by the photographs of the ancient statues and wondered about what the culture was like. She’s been in love with ancient history ever since, but it wasn’t until Shecter helped a friend work on a project about the Macedonian king Alexander the Great, which was ironically around the time the Oliver Stone movie was released, that she was hooked on writing her own novels. Shecter then made the decision to write a children’s book called Alexander the Great Rocks the World.
Since then, she’s written a Young Adult novel about Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of the infamous Egyptian Queen, called Cleopatra’s Moon, a book about the God Anubis called Anubis Speaks! A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead, and her forthcoming novel Curses and Smoke: A Tale of Pompeii will be released May 2014.
If your children adore ancient history, make sure you include Shecter on their to-read list. Not only will they get a chance to enjoy some entertaining historical fiction, but they’ll also learn more about the real cultures portrayed in her novels as well.