Who am I? What am I?

008982Most of you have read my Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. An underlining theme in those books are about discovering who you are and what you are. I think by writing them, I sort of got curious about myself.  Now, as odd as I am, I’ve always been pretty sure I’m all human. But what kind of human?  One day before Christmas last year, I was watching TV and a commercial came on about checking your DNA.  I told hubby, “I want to do that.  Maybe I’ll have a little vampire in me.”

Well, for Christmas one of my gifts was the DNA test.  It was pretty easy.  Spit in a test tube and mail it off.  I remember my grandmother telling me that one of my great-great grandmothers on my grandfather’s side claimed to be French.  “She was lying,” my grandmother told me.  “She was American Indian.” I was also told that I had a lot of Scottish blood.

I sent that test tube off in the mail and waited for an email to answer my questions.  And I discovered that I’m 40ish % English or Scottish, I’m 16% Irish, 20ish % Scandinavian and . . . 6 %  . . . not American Indian, but . . .  French.  My grandma was wrong.  Then, I have a trace of Western Asian.  (Say what?)

My daughter, who is totally into the family history, did some checking on Ancestery.com.  And you know that French ancestor? Well, her name was Mary Lafoon Keith (Keith, which is my mother’s maiden name), and she is considered a Revolutionary War Heroine.  She was known to ride and warn the American’s that the enemy approached.

Could that be where I get my spunk?

Okay, so I’m not a vampire like Della, or like Kylie who is a Chameleon, or Miranda who is a witch, but it’s interesting to look back into our roots, or DNA, and see where we came from and question from where or who we might have gotten some of our odd behaviors.

Do you know where you came from?  What are your roots?

IMG_0948Today, I’ll give away two gift packs of some of my new promotional items to two people who leave a comment.

 

61 thoughts on “Who am I? What am I?

  1. Wow, that’s cool. I just recently found out that my mom’s biological mother was from Germany so I’m 25% German and never even knew about it. Besides that I have a lot of Irish and a little English. Basically I have no chance of getting a tan… like ever!

  2. Ive known for years that I’m Russian going back to my great grandparents and that even though I’m a 100% American that i don’t know Russian. That’s so cool about your dna

  3. Wow, that’s so cool.
    I came to your blog because i already read all books and i am incredibly disappointed that i have to wait ’till octomber to read Unspoken.
    I wanted to say thank you for your amazing books, thank you for had work to bring to us these stories.
    Sorry if I’m not on the topic, i didn’t know where to post this.

  4. From what I’ve been told there’s French and German roots on my dads side and on my moms side there’s Native American and Mexican. There might be other stuff but that’s all I know.

  5. Well both of my parents are from Mexico but my dads side Has white skin and colored eyes so I think there must be some spanish blood in there haha or some European culture in me but I’m not sure

  6. From what I’ve been told I am Scott-Irish on both sides of my family. I’m fierce all the way. On my dad’s side, I also seem to have a bit of Russian. This is all I really know about my ancestry. But the Scott-Irish in me is pretty accurate. I’ve got an attitude to prove that. 😀

  7. From what I have been told and from what I have worked out myself I am part Scottish, and English with traces of Irish with traces French and American. My mum once did some research and thinks that we are part of the Hatfield’s from the famous cowboy feud between the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s! However if that was true it would be only a very tiny trace.

  8. That’s really awesome!!
    I’m Russian and Romainian on my mothers side, and on my farher’s side – French, English, Scottish, German, Irish…
    and something called (I am 98% sure that I will spell this wrong and I am probably not ever pronouncing it coerectly) All Saints Lorain
    It’s a really really small sliver, between France and Germany, and durring the war the border would jump back and forth on either side of it and sometimes land in the middle etc. I think it’s part of France now, but I’m not quite sure….

  9. I’ve always been interested in looking up my family history. I’ve started researching on ancestry.com. I’d love to take one of those DNA tests. I’ve been told I’m English, German, Dutch, Irish, Scottish, Canadian and Native American.

  10. I’m part Cherokee and part Chipewa I don’t remember how to spell it. Oops but I’m also a little bit Scottish and Irish. I have no idea what the other parts are. However, I look just like my mom. I have the energy of about three people at times and I have no idea where that comes from.

  11. That’s interesting, I know I’m Irish and Native American because of my grandparents and great-grandparents. Funny enough my mom and I were talking about doing this the other day because my dad was adopted and I don’t know what I am on his side. It would be cool to be a Chameleon though!

  12. That’s so cool! Especially the being related to a French warrior part. I am 50% Macedonian and then a much of other things like, Austrian, Polish, Russian, English, Czech and who knows what else.

  13. How cool! I would love to figure out exactly where I come from. My mother says that I’m mainly German but one can never be too sure. If I did find out I’d want to travel the world seeing where my ancestors come from. It would be an amazing feeling to know my roots.

  14. Awww! My mom did some stuff on Ancestry.com a few years ago and traced her roots back to Scotland, Ireland, England, and Germany. Now that I remember I also have Welsh and Polish in me. That just makes me happy since my dad’s roots have been here since the 1600’s. I read that in the family history/cookbook.

  15. I’m a mix of quite a few things. I’m 25% German, 25% Irish, 25% English, 12.5% French, and 12.5% Cherokee.

  16. The only recent thing I found out was that I have German in me. I also am Russian, Irish, and American Indian. The Russian and German is my dad’s side and my mom’s side is the Irish and American Indian.

  17. That’s so cool!! It’s awsome that you finally know more about your origins and that it can be traced as far back as to a war heroine!! I myself have been thinking about doing this test myself when I was younger because when I was about 12 my parents would say that I wasn’t their daughter that in reality I was someone else’s and that they putty me so they took me in. But that wasn’t the case they just wanted to tease me a bit, so I forgot about it.
    And also since I read this post It got me thinking about my origins too because my parents always implied that I was always a pure blood Mexican…. but this post lead me to ask my mom again who was near me, and she said that her grandparents were from Spain. And I was all like… “what? I’ve been living a lie about my origins this whole time?” And she laughed and said yup. And when I told her that I wanted to take a DNA test she asked if I still doubted her about them being my real parents, I laughed and said no. Lol
    So now I’m curious as to what other blood I have running through my veins. I’m going to try this one day in the future! Thank you for sharing this mind opening post! 🙂

  18. I would love to do that! I’ll have to do some research for myself but from what I’ve been told great grandpa has German roots (beckleheimer is the name so I’m inclined to believe that!) on the other side it’s Scottish and some Cherokee.

  19. Wow, that’s so cool. My great aunt has been tracing the family history on the mothers side for a while now and all the stuff she has found out is amazing. She was actually able to find pictures of some of my great great grandparents and other family. She also found some of our family health history. My great aunt keeps it in a book/binder and she was looking for someone to pass it on too and my mom was the only one interested so she is gonna give the book to her. We traced our heritage so far, all the way back to the Mayflower. I hope we can trace it even farther. I’m not sure about what exact percentages I am of each but I have English,Irish, Scottish and some German and a little bit of French I think. It’s all so fascinating. I can’t wait to learn more about my heritage.

  20. I’m of the thinking that we act, or react, to situations according to the experiences,or lack of, in our lives… But I also believe that there are moments when we feel a strange pull towards moments and things that defy our normal path of action. It must be that “the blood is calling”. And just as the mixtures of ingredients in the right amount can create a delicious concoction or a bomb, the mixing and blending of bloods will fuel in different ways the brain of a child. Very interesting topic. Never before thought of it until now. Thanks!
    There is still a chance that there is a vampire in your line. I pretty sure there is some kind of fae in mine.

  21. That is so incredibly cool! I had no idea there were ways you could find out your exact Ancestery. I do not know how much, but I do know that I am German, Irish, Dutch, and Cherokee.

  22. That really is cool! I want to try that someday too! All I know is that I’m a Korean born in America!!! 🙂

  23. That’s really cool. I have asked my mom and my dad about our family history but all the really tell me is that we have Cherokee and Irish in our blood…

  24. Wow CC, that is so cool. I don’t have anyone like that in my family tree unfortunately , but I would be over the moon if I did. I’ve been researching my family tree for a few years now and have found over 2500 relations on my mom’s side so far. They are all English back to the 1500s except her great grandads family, who were from Poland. My dad was Irish as were his family. Pretty boring blood really, but I’m just gald there is no royalty there – common and proud. My favourite saying is ‘you can’t know where you’re going till you know where you’ve been’. Well, that’s my excuse for obsessing over the family tree, hehe.

  25. It’s amazing how many people claim Native American in their heritage. A friend of mine thought he was, but his DNA said no way.

  26. I know some of my ancestral roots trace back to Germany on one side and Native American on the other, but I don’t know much more than that!

  27. Wow ! That’s nice . I always knew that I was Russian . But then some days ago I found out that some of my blood related family were from different countries

  28. Hey! I recently found out that I’m Irish on my moms side, and Sweedish and German on my dads side. It’s pretty cool to get a glimpse of where your family came from. I looove looking at old photos with my grandparents whenever I get the chance. There’s always something new to learn.

  29. Hey CC 🙂

    I’m from Germany so I’m sorry for my english but I wanted to tell you that I love Shadow Falls! I started reading Reborn and Eternal in english because I didn’t want to wait until they will be published in german. But I’ve always had one question: How far and wide is the academy? 🙂
    Great job 🙂
    Greetings from Germany! 🙂

  30. I’m Indonesian, Irish, German or Dutch and definitely English and American. I’m not like a Shapeshifter because they are the class clown and I’m quite. They are the center of attention and I like to be in the back-observing. I’m like a werewolf because between a crowd and home I’d pick home. I don’t really like crowds. I would say I keep to myself and my friend circle is small. Well, I have lots of friends but the friends that I trust-that circle is small. I don’t talk a lot but I totally can if I want to. I’m loyal to the close friends I have and I’m called moody. Since I can be happy to sad to angry. When I get mad I usually do something to get me in trouble. I’m like a vampire because I do risky things. I will do stuff that everyone else won’t do. Example: Field trip-no one wanted to go next I went b/c they were being babies and I got hurt. Didn’t actually hurt but still. I prefer to be alone but still like the company of friends. I hate to show weakness. Especially around others. Like I don’t cry around people. I have to be the rock that people depend on. Have to be independent. I like to do things alone. Depending on others doesn’t always work. Sometimes they don’t hold up there end. I’m not really like a Fae. I’m not a leader or a follower. Like to stay away from the drama. I’m like a witch because I have specific likes and dislikes. I’m a little weird. I’m not afraid to be my own person. But I can be self conscious. I don’t care if I don’t have the right shoes or clothes or hair. God made me the way I am today. Being a Chameleon would be cool. Having a little of everything. Having all that would be cool but sometimes it’s just good to be human.

  31. I want to do the DNA thing as well to see how much Italian and American Indian and what ever else I may have in me. The giveaway package looks great by the way.

  32. That is cool. I’ve been thinking about doing the dna thing
    My dad has Jewish roots my mom was Irish and french and little Belgium

  33. I am not to sure what I am because I have never met my father so I don’t know what I get from his side except Sicilian. I do know that I am Irish, German, and possibly but I am not to sure Native American. Sometimes you just wish you knew what you truly are, so maybe that’s why I relate to Kylie so well.

  34. That actually sounds cool. Is it pricey? I have been told I have Irish and Indian on one side of my family and polish and German on the other. I’m curious if that is true. My mom tried doing the genealogy thing but her grandmothers birth certificate was destroyed. The family burned their copy because at that time they where embaressed about being Indian… She tracked down the hospital but hit a dead end when the hospital with the records burned down a long time ago. So I guess I will never know!

  35. That is sooo cool! Do you have the name of the company or website? I’d love to get it done to see if I am everything my mom says I am lol

  36. I’m mainly Scottish, my mom’s grandparents came over to America as indentured servants in order to pay for the trip. My father’s family came over from Denmark and they have some English and Italian mixed in along the way.

  37. first I just want to start off by saying that I LOVE your books. Your series is a combination of some of my favorite genres: mystery, supernatural, and teenage angst (if that can even be considered a genre?)
    Anyways, I am also very interested in my family history. I’m come from a significant descent from russia, with a little bit of Hungarian blood. From what I understand, my great-great-grandparents came to America. I have family that I have never met in many places in the world and many family myths that may never be solved, but at least I know where I come from.

  38. I have some Scotch-Irish and some German in my family. I’m still learning and can’t wait to uncover more!

  39. I am SO damm in love with your books, you can’t even imagine.. And THAT KISS. OMG THAT KISS – I can#t even… no…just.no… You know, what I am talking about 😉
    I am just here to say: your books are awesome! <3
    And yes I speak fluent fangirl.

  40. I know that my family comes from Ireland and Scotland on the most part. I have to say that I have read most of all of Shadow Falls books and absolutely love them. Have been telling all of my friends that they really need to read these books.

  41. Mainly English – Dad was a “Brummie” (from Burmingham) and Mum has a blend of Cornish, with (this is the scandalous bit) Dutch aristocracy as her Great Great Grandfather was a sailor who fell in love with and wooed the daughter of a Dutch Duke in his travels. I hope they were happy together since she was disowned when they ran off and married. A lovely family tale. 😉

  42. Cool, Awesome!It’s good to know our own family history! I would try it someday in the future if I ever got the chance!
    P/s: Will I have a chance to win the gift if I’m a Malaysian?

  43. I have an obsession with trying to find my ancestry, but I have not done DNA or ancestry.com. I just know that I am related to Scottish dukes and I’m English, Scottish and Irish and a lot of other stuff. (my mom calls me a mutt) I can’t wait for Spellbinder!!! I have wanted to learn more about Miranda since the beginning of Shadow Falls, so I’m truly excited!!!

  44. all i can say is your books are amazing… its like having a second life when i read them <3 loads of love from your fan in Botswana

  45. did you know that you can have your genetic code printed out in the form of books? Ive recently just completed a biology course and have been consumed with the love of genetics. we learned that you can send off a DNA sample and have your genetic code printed off to analyze what certain letters mean, like what the code for your eye colour is or hair colour. With this you can trace back who you got that gene from and if youre more likely to pass it along (these traits are called dominant traits or recessive traits). plus you can see if you have any traits that are categorized as genetic mutations; traits that you didn’t in fact inherit but mutated all on their own, so who knows? you might have a recessive vampire gene somewhere within you, one that hasn’t had the chance to mutate yet 😉

  46. They say i’m Polish/German on my moms side and Native American from the Blackfoot tribe….. On my Fathers side i was told we are Cherokee, Kentuckian and that’s all i know. I Know for a fact the Cherokee is there and Kentucky all the way. lol I Can get the most awesome tan with a hint of red ,better then anyone i know. My whole family is this way except for my mom. My Granpa looked like a German and Grandma a Indian{mom’s side} I Never knew my Dad’s family much. But i can def. tell Dad had Indian. Dark hair and a Glowing tan from just sitting in the shade. ALL YEAR ROUND.. I LOVE WHO I AM BUT CONFUSED SENSE I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE POLISH GERMAN THING. DOES THAT MAKE ME JEWISH OR DOES THAT MAKE ME THE GERMANS WHO KILLED THE JEWS??? THIS UPSETS ME TO NO END!! I DO NOT WANT TO BE THE BAD BLOOD IN THE BUNCH BY NO MEANS!!!! If you can help with this answer i would appreciate it. I No longer have family i can speak to this delima about. ;..( I Just would like to know…. DO I PLAY SANTA CLAUSE OR START THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS? EITHER WAY. I DO LOVE WHO I AM AND WHAT I HAVE BECOME. I can’t change the past but i can teach my Grandchildren where they came from and be proud to do so. Thank you for taking time to put this on here. If not for anything but to just have a place to vent. Thank you GREATLY! YOU ARE SO MUCH APPRECIATED. ; ) Have a wonderful Day and Thank you again…. yours Truly…Teresa Carpenter. CONFUSED! ; p

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      They say i’m Polish/German on my moms side and Native American from the Blackfoot tribe….. On my Fathers side i was told we are Cherokee, Kentuckian and that’s all i know. I Know for a fact the Cherokee is there and Kentucky all the way. lol I Can get the most awesome tan with a hint of red ,better then anyone i know. My whole family is this way except for my mom. My Granpa looked like a German and Grandma a Indian{mom’s side} I Never knew my Dad’s family much. But i can def. tell Dad had Indian. Dark hair and a Glowing tan from just sitting in the shade. ALL YEAR ROUND.. I LOVE WHO I AM BUT CONFUSED SENSE I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE POLISH GERMAN THING. DOES THAT MAKE ME JEWISH OR DOES THAT MAKE ME THE GERMANS WHO KILLED THE JEWS??? THIS UPSETS ME TO NO END!! I DO NOT WANT TO BE THE BAD BLOOD IN THE BUNCH BY NO MEANS!!!! If you can help with this answer i would appreciate it. I No longer have family i can speak to this delima about. ;..( I Just would like to know…. DO I PLAY SANTA CLAUSE OR START THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS? EITHER WAY. I DO LOVE WHO I AM AND WHAT I HAVE BECOME. I can’t change the past but i can teach my Grandchildren where they came from and be proud to do so. Thank you for taking time to put this on here. If not for anything but to just have a place to vent. Thank you GREATLY! YOU ARE SO MUCH APPRECIATED. ; ) Have a wonderful Day and Thank you again…. yours Truly…Teresa Carpenter. CONFUSED! ; p

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