My interest in ancient history, mystery, legends, and my love of travel led to The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in my exciting children’s adventure series—Chronicles of the Stone. Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur continues the adventure. I'm about to release Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. I hope you enjoy my book reviews and news! Visit www.chroniclesofthestone.com for more about my MG book series!
What Inspired Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur!
Before I started
writing I used to wonder what inspired writers, where did their ideas come from,
what could have sparked their story. Interestingly, and something many people
already know, my first book The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, was sparked by a family trip to Egypt with my mom and my
two young nephews. When I’d written the story of my young heroes’ adventures, I
realised they hadn’t had time to save the world yet. Another adventure was
needed. But what and where could they go? Like many people I am sure, I am a
huge Arthurian fan. I then happened to accompany a relative on a tour of
Scotland’s castles, but before we went off to discover them, we stopped off at
Oxford, England, also a favourite city of mine.
marvellous and I came back with all sorts of images and ideas floundering
around in my head, but nothing concrete. By then I’d decided my adventure had
to include King Arthur and his famed sword Excalibur (where perhaps one would
find a Stone of Power embedded in the hilt?), and I so loved Oxford that I had
to somehow have my young heroes go there as well. But how was I to marry all
these elements together? I am a big Inspector Morse fan and one night I watched
an episode called The Wolvercote Tongue,
a story about the discovery of a Dark Ages artefact, a jewelled belt buckle,
and it involved the Ashmolean Museum (also a favourite!). I woke up in the
middle of the night with the plot of The Search for the Stone of Excalibur complete in my head. Of course you’ll have
to read the book to enjoy the story, but here’s a little teaser.
Continuing the adventure that began in
Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of
the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of
the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This
stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that
archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their
long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland
to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly
force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is
running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam
find the second Stone of Power and survive?
Fairytale Dunrobin Castle
Somehow I managed to find space for not
only the museum, but also the prettiest castle in Scotland, Dunrobin Castle,
which fitted the bill perfectly for the old castle in the book. I had visited
and already decided to squeeze in the best ruined chapel around, Rosslyn
Chapel, just filled with incredible and mysterious architecture. I am still
amazed at what inspires a writer, be it an image, an event, a place, an
Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel
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