I had a lovely lunch date a few weeks ago with author Sylvia Stewart. I had just finished reading the first book in her middle-grade Mysteries in Malawi series. Kondi’s Quest is a fascinating story set in the East African country of Malawi. I was anxious to get to know Sylvia better and learn about her journey as a writer.
Sylvia’s writing is rich in descriptive language, with finely drawn characters. You fall in love with twelve year old Kondi right from the start. Kondi faces many of the same struggles that children encounter around the world. Sylvia tackles these tough issues with honesty, and shows the peace and joy that can fill our lives despite our trials when we live for Christ. This story will resonate with readers young and old alike.
Her insight into her characters and the setting of her book does not come from hours of meticulous research. No, Sylvia is intimately familiar with Malawi and it’s people, as she and her husband served as missionaries there for twenty-one years. Her love for Africa and especially the people of Malawi shines through her writing. This is a wonderful book for children and adults.
The best thing is, the story doesn’t end with Kondi’s Quest! There are two more books in this great series that you will want to read: Kondi’s Joy, and Kondi’s Secret. If you want to expose your child to a different culture, open their eyes to issues that all children face, and show them the path to peace and joy during the trials of life, then this series would make an excellent gift for the young or young-at-heart.
Sylvia also has a contemporary sweet romance set in Seattle called, Seattle Rayne. I LOVE the cover on this book!
Along with some of my other favorite authors, she is included in a newly released Christmas Boxed Set, Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes. I love curling up with a cup of cocoa and a lovely Christmas story on a cold fall day.
I so enjoyed my conversation and lunch with Sylvia, that I forgot to ask all my interview questions! That just gives me another reason to spend more time with her, which I look forward to doing soon.