The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper by Fiona Ingram / #Interview #BlogTour @pumpupyourbook


A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?


USA Book Awards:

• Winner Pre-teen Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2017

• Winner Book Excellence Awards 2018

• NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite 2018




When and where do you prefer to write?

I work from home so I can write any time I like. I have a full-time editing job and I also teach novel writing online, so my biggest problem is finding time for my own writing. When I do, it’s great. I’m not good at writing creatively in the morning. I tend to be better at my editing job then. My best time for my own writing is the afternoon.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

I have a lovely office and I live in the countryside in a small village, so peace and quiet is all we have. I have never lived outside a city before and this is a completely new experience for me. Bird song, roosters crowing, the sounds of nature…

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I did try writing a book with a friend and we did not get on as co-writers. A bit like the Pushmi-Pullyu, I fear. We were both pulling in opposite directions. However, if I had to choose a top professional writer in my genre of middle grade fiction, it would be JK Rowling.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

The idea of being named in a book is such a wonderful opportunity, I don’t mind being either. As long as a character is well-written it will have appeal for readers. Even the baddies…

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

I would have loved to interview Terry Pratchett, the author and creator of the Discworld series. I have read and reread all his books. Failing Terry Pratchett, I would love to interview JK Rowing.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

You can find me on Goodreads at

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

I am an avid Tweeter so find me on Twitter where I Tweet my opinions, interesting articles on all aspects of books and publishing, and also my book and movie reviews. My Twitter account is @FionaRobyn My blog is

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

It is a very strange feeling at first, a thrilling sensation that everything I worked on while writing and creating is now encapsulated in a real book. I am almost too scared to look inside in case someone has made a mistake somewhere…. But they never have. The books are always perfect. I have a wonderful designer.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

The first title is for Book One in the series, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. The second is The Search for the Stone of Excalibur. The third is The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. The first title came to me very easily when I started writing the book. As I wrote and devised more and more books, I found the titles also arose quite naturally, based on the theme of the adventure and the location.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

I don’t have to. I have a very creative and imaginative book artist who constantly wows me with her ideas. We look at some of the striking events in the book and pick an idea of an image. Then I do an unbelievably dreadful sketch of what I’d like to see. My artist goes away and comes back with initial drawings and we work with those. As you can see from Book Three’s cover, she is very gifted.

Thank you, Fiona Ingram and Pump Up Your Book


About the author

Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and several for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Fiona’s experience with raising an adopted, disadvantaged African child struggling with literacy got her interested in the subject and she has written numerous articles on child literacy. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, going to the theater or ballet. She enjoys doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little rescue dogs called Stanley and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.


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