About this blog and “Eighth Wonder” the autistic slave prodigy
This blog is an ambitious attempt to build a home for historical fiction writers researching the antebellum period. Some historians pinpoint the period from the years following the war of 1812 , others from (1789-1861 ).
I decided to do this blog for one reason: while researching my novel Eighth Wonder, an antebellum era tale based on the remarkable true life story of the blind autistic slave prodigy, Thomas Bethune, I was surprised to discover I couldn’t log onto a centralized blog or website regarding the antebellum period. I wanted to surf one site, exploring information that spanned the spectrum regarding life in America and Europe in the late 18th to mid 19th century. I wanted information on clothing, art, literature, architecture, science, mathematics, travel, vehicles, luminaries, etiquette, mores, daily life, dialect, vocabulary, etc., – but that site simply did not exist in one centralized location, although there were a plethora of wonderful sites with delightfully specialized areas of information. My hope is that this blog provides an excellent source of creative inspiration for authors. Navigate and enjoy as I know each individual artist’s imagination will be sparked by varied pieces of discovery.
A.M. Calberg is a Northwest born American t.v. sitcom writer (A Different Kind of Family, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns), screenplay writer, former L.A. Times journalist and aspiring novelist who has been a voracious reader of fiction and history since childhood. Calberg’s favorite authors include Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Anne Rice, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Hardy. Eighth Wonder is a captivating, antebellum tale, based on a true American virtuoso named Thomas Bethune, who was born a slave, blind, and retarded. He began playing Mozart at the age of three.
So to sum it up, this blog is twofold and will include totally random anecdotes, thoughts and opinion on pop culture located in my MUCH ADO ABOUT MY NOTHINGS column, a collection of random thoughts about life, pop culture, my Hollywood experiences and oh, novel updates.
Have a great time surfing this blog!