Author Spotlight: Fiona Ingram author of The Chronicles of the Stone

scarab_cover_webThe Chronicles of the Stone is an action adventure tale spanning seven books, seven ancient cultures, seven periods in history, seven historical figures and Seven Stones of Power. With such a winning combination of facts and fiction, it is designed to get kids hooked on books, even those reluctant readers. I have loved history and interesting facts since I got my first book on ancient Egypt at a very young age, thanks to my book loving mother. My love of history, travel, ancient cultures and archaeology has found its home in my book series which has five wonderful elements to make it a must-read for young (and young at heart) explorers.

  1. History: History can be absolutely fascinating, as young readers who love books about Egypt (Book 1) and King Arthur (Book 2) will confirm. My young heroes explore various ancient cultures, and their myths and legends, through their journeys to different countries. Each book supplies a wealth of fascinating details that kids just absorb. The books also highlight the need to preserve history and culture as part of the wealth of any nation, as part of their traditions, and what constitutes their heritage.
  2. Geography: Kids love travel stories where the action and adventure take place in new, different, and exotic locales. Since my heroes always get stuck in various dangerous situations, such as being stranded in the jungle in Mexico (and subsequently rescued by an uncontacted tribe), going to different places teaches them about that place, where it is found on the world map, the animals, environment, customs, people, food etc. Locations to look out for are (in book order): Egypt, Britain, Mexico, France, India, Turkey and West Africa.
  3. Archaeology: In exploring past cultures, archaeology is paramount. The young heroes befriend an archaeologist whose ancestor started the ball rolling in AD 1296 by finding an ancient document mentioning the various Stones of Power. Wherever they go in their adventures, my young heroes learn how to discover and preserve the past. Archaeological exploration is all part of unravelling and deciphering the secrets of the past, and this brings me to the next point.
  4. Ancient artifacts: Each Stone of Power is set as a jewel in an ancient artifact, and some are readily recognizable (such as Excalibur, King Arthur’s sword in Book 2), while others relate to real historical artifacts or artifacts in legends. I’ve been very fortunate in finding information about some wonderful ancient artifacts that I have woven into the adventures.
  5. Real Heroes: This was amazingly easy as there are some incredibly interesting historical figures who achieved greatness. This, coupled with their feats and triumphs, has made creating the stories that much easier. Young readers will relish the idea of real heroes who did great deeds. The past truly is a fascinating place.

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Hopefully this exciting combination of facts woven into fiction adventures will encourage young readers to research a bit more, to dig into the history books and find out if something really did happen, and if various places and people did exist. They’ll learn so much while having loads of fun.

IngramAbout Fiona Ingram:

Fiona Ingram was born and educated in South Africa, and has worked as a full-time journalist and editor. Her interest in ancient history, mystery, and legends, and her enjoyment of travel resulted in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series—The Chronicles of the Stone. This was inspired by a family trip the author took with her mom and two young nephews aged ten and twelve at the time. The book began as a short story for her nephews and grew from there. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is a treat for young King Arthur fans. Fiona is busy with Book 3 entitled The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, set in Mexico.

While writing The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, Fiona fostered (and later adopted) a young African child from a disadvantaged background. Her daughter became the inspiration for the little heroine, Kim, in The Search for the Stone of Excalibur. Interestingly, the fictional character’s background and social problems are reflected in the book as Kim learns to deal with life. Fiona’s experiences in teaching her daughter to read and to enjoy books also inspired many of her articles on child literacy and getting kids to love reading.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that these books sound delightful. There is an adventurer in all of us, and it’s a precious gift to share history with children in a fun and informative way. Join me later this afternoon as I put Fiona in the hot seat, for an interview about her writing processes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

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