Elaine Russell on what inspired her to write “Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones”

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Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Elaine Russell.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The book is Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones. It was published January 31, 2016.

What’s the book’s first line? 

Martin latched onto Isabel’s arm with his free hand, using his full weight to lean back and sink into the rocks. It took all his strength to stop her from hurtling headlong down the cliff.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

A vacation to Scotland finds thirteen-year-old skateboarders Martin McMillan and his friend Isabel drawn into another exciting mystery. Gaelic verses, recently found in the lining of an old trunk, hold the key to Druid secrets on the windswept Isle of Lewis. Clues lead to the ancient Calanais Standing Stones, which rival the wonder of Stonehenge. Martin and Isabel are determined to uncover the truth before other, less scrupulous parties can beat them to it. But dark forces go to great lengths to keep the island’s secrets from the outside world. The third book in the Martin McMillan series.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

A trip to Scotland some years ago with my then 14-year-old skateboarding son to see the place where my husband’s ancestors originated. We traveled to all of the locations in the book. The Calanais Stones on Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, intrigued me with their ancient history and unknown origin.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

This is a fun and past-paced mystery/adventure that should appeal to both girls and boys, especially reluctant readers.