Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes William Stuart who writes Middle Grade/Young Adult fantasies.
First, a bit about William:
William L Stuart was born in New Mexico, but has lived Georgia for many years. He speaks with a southern accent, drinks gallons of sweet tea, and loves the UGA Bulldogs. He almost attended that great university, but decided instead to join the US Navy, where he subjected himself to the rigors of Navy Nuclear Power training in Orlando, Florida, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Graduating from Nuke school landed him aboard USS Sandlance (SSN660), a Sturgeon class fast attack submarine. He was a fully qualified submariner and traveled above the Arctic Circle to earn his Bluenose certificate. He has since transitioned to the animal health world, where he manages global supply of animal health products.
Why did you pick to write books for MG/YA readers?
My daughter Laura and my grandchildren Aidan and Maggie inspired me to write for MG/YA.
What types of books do you like to read?
I read most anything, but I do tend toward action/adventure, thrillers, and fantasy. I will delve into Sci-Fi, too.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
I hunt gemstones, gold prospect, read, play softball, play golf, dab in woodworking, research conspiracy theories, and enjoy lots of time with my family.
Tell us about The Carnelian and how the story came to be.
My grandson and I (the real Aidan, who was the inspiration for the character in the books) were hunting gemstones. I was telling him about some of the magical/mystical properties of the stones when he suggested that I write a book with elves, magic, and gemstones. The Gemstone Chronicles series was born and the first book The Carnelian turned into a four book series.
Here's a peek at The Carnelian:
When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it's just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by Dark Elves and forced to flee to the magical world of Celahir.
In Celahir, Findecano, the elf the children freed from the fairy cross, leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir - and the human world - could tip toward evil.
Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.
I have written the other three books of The Gemstone Chronicles series. They are: Book Two: The Amethyst, Book Three: The Emerald, and Book Four: The Ruby. The books follow the adventures of Aidan, Maggie, and their grandparents Nana and Beebop in the magical world of Celahir.
What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
My current WIP is a thriller and will be set in Georgia.
What advice do you have for other authors?
Just write and don’t let anyone else decide what success means.
Anything else you want readers to know?
If a reader has a moment, please leave a review for the author. It helps us know whether we are connecting with the readers!
Where can readers find you and your books?
Barnes and Noble