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Gresham boy publishes adventure book

Chris Smart set out to finish 'The Stone of Ages' story before his 12th birthday

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: NATHAN AT VAN EARL PHOTOGRAPHY - Author Chris Smart, 12, of Gresham poses like his character CJ in 'The Stone of Ages.'

Inspired by a popular children’s author who wrote his first book at age 12, Chris Smart of Gresham set out to finish a book by age 11.

Smart beat author Gordon Korman by a year, with “The Stone of Ages,” now available as a paperback and ebook on Amazon.

Intended as the first installment of four-part series called “A Guardians of the Golden Realm Adventure,” the book tells “an adventure of bravery and courage from the imagination of an 11-year-old.”

“It feels like I’ve come a very long way since writing the first page on notebook paper,” said Smart, now 12, an incoming seventh-grader at Mayer Christian Schools (Phonics Phactory).

At age 10, Smart began carrying a clipboard of notebook paper, taking it everywhere with him to write until he amassed a thick stack of pages.

Smart joked that he blew through pens during his writing fever and discovered the FriXion Clicker Erasable Pens were his writing utensils of choice.

Smart said he wanted to compile the different genres he loves — fantasy, action and humor — into one book and add his own flourishes.

Smart's book, 'The Stone of Ages,' is available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon. The story is intended to be the first installment in a four-part series.

“The Stone of Ages” centers on a seemingly ordinary boy named CJ who discovers he descends from a long line of sworn Golden Realm guardians.

After receiving a mysterious note, CJ’s world is turned upside down as he battles serpents, gargoyles, golems and the evil General Cain on a quest for the Stone of Ages.

The Smart family recently held a book release party, selling 48 of the 200 hard copies Smart published using his savings.

With a vivid imagination, Smart said he loves to read and that he doesn’t feel complete without writing. He also enjoys studying American history, playing video games such as Mind Craft, jumping on the trampoline and acting out scenarios from his book ideas.

On his author page, Smart joked that he fears he may not live long enough to write about all his ideas. Already, Smart has a vision for a spy series with a character riding a rocket snowboard.

Smart credits his parents and older brother for all their support. He said he’s also grateful for his fifth-grade teacher Naomi Woodburn’s guidance and support.

“Carry on, even if adults don’t take you seriously,” Smart advises aspiring young writers. Keep at it and have a great imagination.”

To learn more about Smart and his book, email ConnorJayBlake@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/Author.ChrisSmart.

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