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I can’t remember NOT having a book in my hand. My schoolmates called me a bookworm, and nothing’s changed since then. I was brought up on the children’s classics because my parents are also avid readers. My earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, I entertained my three younger brothers and their friends with serialized tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity (of course!). Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favourites in the cast of characters that populated “Gruesome Gables” where all these adventures were played out. We also acted out the stories for my long-suffering parents, whom I see now w...more


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Fiona Ingram Hi Karen,
Ancient history is my real love. The ancient world was actually so advanced and many of the greatest inventions happened then. I have to say…more
Hi Karen,
Ancient history is my real love. The ancient world was actually so advanced and many of the greatest inventions happened then. I have to say Egypt was where my craze began, and all because my parents bought us the Time Life history books when we were small. I got Ancient Egypt; my older brother got Imperial Rome; and we shared Classical Greece. I am a real bookworm (as you can imagine) and while I was writing The Secret of the Sacred Scarab (after a family trip there), I began reading many non-fiction books that took me further and further into how far ancient cultures spread. From there I picked up on particular historical events and people with appeal. I know King Arthur isn't quite ancient history, but he comes at the tail end of the Roman conquest of Britain, and that was good enough for me. Book 3 (completed) sees my young heroes in Central America, exploring the Mayan and Aztec cultures, also a favourite. Book 4 is the Knights Templar (in progress), France; Book 5 is India (close to my heart); Book 6 is Turkey, and Book 7 is a surprise... I have been fortunate enough to visit most of the places depicted. I have a couple still to explore. If you are a beginner writer, my advice is to persevere. The three P's spring to mind: perseverance, passion and purpose. Read a variety of authors to get the feel for different styles and genres. Write what you love writing about. Make sure your book meets the industry's standards. Please invest in a good editor. Even the best authors need an editor. Feel free to discuss any other writing queries. I don't have all the answers but I can advise based on some of the mistakes I made along the way.(less)
Fiona Ingram I never get writer's block. If I hit a sticky patch I move on to another scene. When I get back to the sticky patch, I usually find my characters have…moreI never get writer's block. If I hit a sticky patch I move on to another scene. When I get back to the sticky patch, I usually find my characters have sorted it all out.(less)
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Description: A thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient and mysterious secret. A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

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