Character Counts! A Writer’s Perspective by Fiona Ingram

Several years ago, (then) debut South African author Fiona Ingram asked us to read her new book: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. It was the first book in a middle grade adventure series that is part India Jones, part Spy Kids. Earlier this year, Fiona published the second title, The Search for the Sword of Excalibur. Over the years we’ve kept in touch. In talking about an author’s journey, we had a wonderful conversation about how authors build their characters. We also talked about “author character” – the impact a reviewer’s comments can have on how a writer approaches his/her work. I found Fiona’s experiences and perspective not just interesting, but valuable. I invited her to build on the concepts of … Read more

Children’s Literacy and Reading Roundup – mid-July 2010

Each month the Reading Tub publishes a collection of articles and news items about literacy research, literacy ideas, and tools. The goal is to offer parents, librarians and educators current data about raising readers and eliminating illiteracy among children. Read more

Author Interview: Fiona Ingram

Fiona Ingram writes about the kinds of stories that interest her: mystery and adventure. In creating The Chronicles of the Stone series, she draws on her love of literature, art, theatre, history, and travel. She also is helped by two curious boys in her family: her nephews. The teens not only serve as the models for cousins Justin and Adam, they also help her understand what kids want in books: lots of adventure, exotic people and places, some mystery, and no long, drawn-out descriptions. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first book in the series, delivers on those goals. Ironically, although Fiona had been a journalist for more than 15 years, she had never considered writing children’s literature. Born in … Read more