Friday, May 7, 2010
Interview with children's author Fiona Ingram - BK Walker Books virtual book tour
Welcome, Readers, to Reviews and Interviews' interview with author Fiona Ingram, who is touring with the BK Walker Books, Authors Promoting Authors virtual book tour. Here is a listing of the full schedule.
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Fiona, thank you for stopping by.
Tell us about your current release, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab.
I have completed the first in my children’s book series Chronicles of the Stone. Book One is The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. It’s the story of two young cousins who go to Egypt on a family holiday and get caught up in an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.
What inspired you to write this book?
I went on a real trip to Egypt with my mom and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought that I would write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir. The short story became a book that turned into a series.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I have nearly completed Book Two which is called The Search for the Stone of Excalibur. It’s great fun with lots of danger, a medieval castle in Scotland, and hidden clues.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have always been a raconteur, having had to entertain my three younger brothers with hair-raising stories since I was ten. Then, after beginning a career in the theater, I found myself writing more, until finally I became a journalist. From there it was an easy step to becoming an author.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am very fortunate to be able to stay at home and write. I am my mom’s principal care-giver since she is slightly disabled. I fit writing in between her therapy sessions. I get a lot of time to write, blog, write articles, and work on projects with other writers or my other writing commitments. I still write freelance and I have just signed a contract for historical romances, so I am looking forward to an interesting schedule.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have a small office attached to the house where I write. I have two dogs that help by lying in their baskets at my feet, snoring very loudly. I enjoy silence or else very loud classical music, depending on my mood, for inspiration. My most unusual quirk, I think, is having conversations with my characters in my head. Sometimes they make all the decisions as to what will happen next.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a nurse. Luckily my grandmother had the foresight to suggest I do a stint at the local hospital during a high school vacation to see if I really liked it. I discovered I couldn’t stand the sight of blood, so no more Florence Nightingale!
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Please visit my book site and my author site and tell any kids aged 10+ to enjoy the interactive fun journey on the book site.
Thank you for your time, Fiona. Have fun with the rest of the virtual book tour!
My next guest for the virtual book tour is May 10, Lily Oak.