Teenage writer's imagination soars in fantasy adventure novel

Paul Boerger
Ryan Stalder is the author of The Emortal Curse, a fantasy adventure novel completed when he was 14 years old. “Writing is a wonderful thing,” the 15 year old Mount Shasta High School student said.

The Emortal Curse (Jack Tiller), no misspelling, offers a fantasy adventure novel that vaults through action as fast as you can say the title. Compelling characters and original action, the novel makes for a breathless non-stop read.

What makes the book all the more remarkable is that it was finished when Ryan Stalder, a student at Mount Shasta High School, was 14 years old. In fact, Stalder, now 15, said he started the book when he was eight.

“Emortal Curse is the first in a planned five-book series,” Stalder said. “I have also finished a first book in a trilogy. It’s futuristic fantasy and science fiction.”

Emortal Curse opens with the main character, based partly on the author, being bullied and his unique handling of the


“I have never experienced bullying at the high school, but I wanted to highlight the issue,” Stalder said.

Stalder said the emortal in the title means the same as immortal, but more.

“It’s more advanced, deeper and lasts longer,” Stalder said.

Stalder’s favorite author is Brandon Mull, and not surprisingly, likes his use of action and adventure.

“He influenced me to become a writer,” said Stalder, who sees writing as “a wonderful thing.”

“The more you read, the more you learn about writing,” he said. “My writing style is to let it flow and then go back and make changes.”

He said he only recently moved from hand writing on paper to a computer and his grandmother, who has also published a book, is one of his editors.

The Emortal Curse is available on Amazon, at Haircuts in downtown Mount Shasta, and is coming to Village Books.