Some ancient secrets should remain buried.
An American teenager in Cairo finds herself in the middle of the Egyptian revolution fleeing militant Islamic extremists. She leads her worst enemy and the boy she thinks about much too often on the adventure of a lifetime. When she discovers an ancient artifact that was buried for thousands of years, she learns that very powerful people will stop at nothing, including murder, to learn the secrets of a long-dead civilization.
Praise for Egypt Rising
From the first page, and quite possibly the first sentence, I was hooked on this refreshingly different YA read that is suitable and enjoyable for all ages! ~Dii
Stan Schatt has written thirty books on a wide variety of topics including a chapter book for children, a YA novel, biographies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and books on technology and career changing. His love for teaching is reflected in outstanding teaching awards he received from the University of Southern California and DeVry Institute of Technology.
Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager.
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I hurried down the long hall to a room that held a hospital bed and a table filled with
prescriptions. Dad was unshaven, but his eyes were clear. He smiled when he saw me.
“Do you have the book?”
I handed it to him. His hand ran over the book in a very loving way, and then he placed it on the
table beside him without a word. I just stared at him.
“Doctor Gomar says it probably will be a couple more days. He wants to run some more tests, but
he says I’m doing fine.”
Dad finally noticed my face. My jaw was set rigid and my eyes glared at him.
“What’s wrong? Did anyone give you a hard time?”
“No. It’s not that. My whole life is a lie!”
My voice rose. I was sure everyone in the house heard me, but I didn’t care.
“What are you talking about? Keep your voice down!”
“You’re not my father!”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Make sense.”
I took out the lab report and handed it to Dad without speaking. He picked it up and glanced at
it. His face tightened. I waited for an explosion, but none came. He began taking rapid, short
breaths. I worried he might have a heart attack. I noticed a couple of tears running down the
corners of his eyes.
“You never were supposed to see that. How did you find it?”
What’s your story? How did you get into writing?
I wrote my first novel in long-hand when I was 12. I always wanted to be a writer. I’ve had several careers, but I always managed
to write books over the years while working full-time. Many of my jobs required me to write. As an English Professor I was required to
publish or perish. I wrote several books while I taught. Later I went into technology and continued to write, but this time I wrote books
about technology. Now I’m very happy because I can write full-time.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Even if you can only write in your spare time, just set goals and meet those goals on daily, weekly and monthly levels and you’ll book will grow before you realize it. Just be sure to set realistic goals and build in time to edit and revise your manuscript.
What are you working on now?
I generally work on several projects at the same time. Right now I’m completing a paranormal mystery (Silent Partner), working on a science fiction novel which includes a human/alien romance, and writing a teen novel titled Jane Blond, International Spy.
What has been the most challenging part of publishing or marketing your book?
The most difficult challenge for a writer without an agent or large publishing company behind him is to get noticed. I do have one book that is selling very well, but that’s just because it happens to be in a hot topic. I’ve found it difficult to find book bloggers to review the book. The newspaper business has declined to the point that only blockbuster novelists receive reviews.
What has been your favorite part?
I love writing and creating a book. My favorite part is when I’ve completed a draft and edited it to the point where it is reasonably clean so I can focus on tweaking it to make the book even better.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading books by a number of contemporary writers including Nelson DeMille, Michael Connelly, Faye Kellerman, and Wilbur Smith.
What gave you the idea for your current work?
I saw that my granddaughter really enjoyed a novel about Egypt that she was assigned in her English class. I decided I wanted to write a book about Egypt that included a female teenager who would be a great role model. I wanted to create a character who was brave and intelligent.
If you could be any character in the book, which one would you be?
No question I’d like to be Olivia’s father, only without the drinking and without the loss of his wife. I describe him as the model for Indiana Jones and a living legend as an Egyptologist.
What other books have you written and/or are working on for the future?
I’ve written 30 books on a wide range of topics. I’ve written a novel set in the game of Minecraft (Journey to a Different Dimension), a middle grade chapter book novel (The Smartest Girl in the World), biographies on Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Michael Connelly, and a book on how to change careers and go into a green industry (Paint Your Career Green). In addition, I’ve written a number of books on technology including books on computers, data communications, and telecommunications. Right now I’m focusing on writing teen novels, mysteries, and science fiction.
What’s your favorite quote?
I like Sir Francis Bacon’s quote on reading:
“Some books are to be tasted, others are to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested.”
What’s your favorite supernatural creature?
Since childhood I’ve been fascinated with Superman. I know, he’s not a vampire, but he’s not human either.