By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
VIERA -- In an effort to blend Florida's rich history with the arts, the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is continuing a new, exciting venture called "Author Talks."
On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Brevard Museum is thrilled to welcome Viera author Jaimie Engle for its second installment of "Author Talks" at 2 p.m. Regular admission to the museum applies.
Wanting to give the community better access by being open during a variety of additional times, Author Talks is a new, monthly event at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science.
"The museum focuses on Florida history, and celebrating local authors is a natural progression of this mission," said Rachel Burris, assistant director and director of education at the Brevard Museum. "The museum is a great place to host talks, meetings and events; hosting 'Author Talks' allows us to demonstrate this, while supporting other arts in the community."
An accomplished writer, Mrs. Engle has had her work published in a variety of local publications. She has also had the honor of speaking at various conferences, including the Space Coast Writer's Guild 2014 Writing Conference in Cocoa Beach.
During the second installment of Author Talks," Mrs. Engle will be speaking about the writing process, as well as how her historical-fiction novel, "Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light," came to be.
"When I was 7 years old, I wrote a story that won first place in the state of Florida," Mrs. Engle recalled. "At that moment, I knew I wanted to be an author when I grew up."
Mrs. Engle said that "Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light" came to her when her oldest son was taking archery lessons at Wickham Park.
"I wondered what [would happen] if a boy from Melbourne found a magical arrow that took him on adventures through time," she added. "The novel grew from there."
Mrs. Engle's presentation on Sunday will also touch on her belief that there is a great story inside of everyone, just waiting to be written.
"Through an interactive discussion, attendees will learn the basics of what makes a great story, how to find inspiration in everyday life and a few easy steps to get started on finding their story," Mrs. Engle said. "In addition, I will share about my writing process and a bit about my novel."
While "Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light" is targeted for a youth audience, Mrs. Engle said that Sunday's Author Talks will be a presentation for those of all ages.
"Everyone from ages 6 to 106 has [his or her] own unique story to share," she said. "From the early cave paintings to today's films and video games, stories are what makes humans remember their past to shape their future."
Mrs. Engle added that attendees will have fun finding inspiration all around the museum to create new stories to share.
"The museum is excited to participate in this small way in the journey of different local authors," Mrs. Burris said. "Jaimie is fantastic because she takes a historical story and tells it with the viewpoint of somebody local. I know growing up, and still now, I'm excited to see a story that mentions a place I was familiar with; it made that place even more special."
Mrs. Engle is excited, as well, for the opportunity to share her work flow with her community.
"My favorite part of Author Talks will be interacting with the audience in an environment rich in history, as most of my stories tend to take real history and add an element of fantasy or a perspective, derived purely from fiction," Mrs. Engle said."
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science will host "Author Talks" with Jaimie Engle on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
Regular admission to the museum applies.
For more information, call (321) 632-1830 or visit www.BrevardMuseum.com and www.JaimieEngle.com.