Inspired by his great-grandfather, an overbearing bearded Scottish author of dubious atheistic pamphlets and even more dubious neo-romantic poetry, Stewart became a full-time author in 1989. He had previously taught for longer than he intended in a variety of institutions in Britain, the USA, the Middle East and Sri Lanka. With over 230 published titles to his credit, he is now one of Britain's most popular and versatile authors. As well as prize-winning books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, he has written two novels for adults, three plays, five librettos and several widely acclaimed historical works, particularly on Scotland and the Middle East. His books, several of which are illustrated with his own photographs, have been translated into more than fifteen languages. He reckons his latest work, Moon: Science, History, and Mystery, an eclectic survey of all matters lunar written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, is arguably his most exciting piece of children's non-fiction to date.
A frequent lecturer, notably on cruise ships, at ICES (La Roche sur Yon, France) and at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and a much sought-after presenter of workshops to schools and adult groups, he is also an occasional journalist and broadcaster.
Stewart Ross lives near Canterbury with his wife and four children. Each morning he escapes domestic hubbub by commuting ten metres to work in a large hut in the garden.