For years, I read a series of fairy books to my daughters. After reading about thirty of these, I thought I would go crazy. I wish I had found this series about three years earlier. It makes a nice transitional story from beginning chapter books to middle readers. This story had so many things to like; fairies, adventures, two spunky kids, and a whole lot of family love. For a debut novel, Stuart shows that he knows what makes a good story. I’m curious as to how the story develops throughout the series.
When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it’s just an oddity. But when they discover 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.
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.
After 3 and a half years aboard Sandlance, he transferred to recruiting duty in Americus, GA. While in Americus, William completed his undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management. William left the Navy soon after that and began working in the civilian world. He has been an electrician for a carpet manufacturer, worked for the world’s largest candy cane manufacturer, and then worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing. He has since transitioned to the animal health world, where he manages global supply of animal health products.
William has been married to the wonderful, adorable, and lovely Lana for over 25 years. It was Lana and her blog (shameless plug time: www.lanascooking.com) that inspired William to publish his books. He is a father to his amazing daughter Laura, and grandfather to Aidan and Maggie. All of them inspired a character in The Gemstone Chronicles.
Along with writing, William also enjoys gem hunting, gold prospecting, playing softball, playing golf (although I don’t play particularly well), and dabbling in woodworking. He tends to read a lot and has a wide range of interests – including quantum physics, science in general, submarines, and conspiracy theories.