Although Fiona Ingram has been a journalist for the last 15 years, writing a children’s book — The Secret of the Sacred Scarab — was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her two nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into an award-winning children’s book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. Ms. Ingram has already completed the next book in the series — The Search for the Stone of Excalibur — which will be a huge treat for young King Arthur fans.
Although Fiona Ingram does not have children of her own, she has an adopted teenage foster child, from an underprivileged background who is just discovering the joys of reading for pleasure. Ms. Ingram's experiences in teaching her daughter to read has resulted in her interest in child literacy and in creating ways to get kids more interested in reading, as well as helping parents to instil a love of reading in their children.
Fiona Ingrams is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She also loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). Ms. Ingram has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.
Fiona’s latest book is the middle grade adventure novel, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab – Book One in the Chronicles of the Stone series.
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The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is a thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient 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. In the book, the heroes come face to face with a wonderful adventure and an exciting secret, but dig a little deeper and you find they encounter a culture and mythology that is unlike anything they have ever known. They are introduced to a new respect for the preservation of a country’s ancient heritage.