Today, I have a BLOG SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT, something fun I’m doing, so I hope you’ll follow along!! And I have the first segment of the series below, too (so stay tuned and keep reading). It all coincides with the *fiery* launch of A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii!
Back in September of this year, I noted in a book announcement the following:
“In historical book circles, we’ve been waiting impatiently for news of a certain book’s arrival from a group of tremendous historical fiction authors who’ve been working to release their newest endeavor called A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii! It’s a unique way to pen a book, so you don’t want to miss it! It’s on FIIIIIIIRE!!! (Yep, you can sing that in your best vocally loud and unharmonizing voice, I just did *wink*).”
Yes, six top historical novelists join forces to bring readers the stories of Pompeii’s residents—from patricians to prostitutes—as their world ended. It’s a combined novel by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn and Vicky Alvear Shecter, with an introduction by Michelle Moran, in which each takes on a character and intertwines them into the story.
Well, that awaited day is here, or really near!! It’s coming out Tuesday, Nov. 4! (And it did come to pass for lucky me, as the book has been sitting lovingly beside me, trying to catch my long hair on fire, but alas, still lapping with love for its attention–yes, I’ve been reading!)
In celebration of the launch, the book, and all the time this clan put into it, I’ll be doing a SERIES. Yes, some sort of “Ring of Fire” series I suppose where I toss the fire torch to each of the authors every Wednesday or so for SIX WEEKS in order for them to answer a few quick questions about the book. All of the authors were given the same questions! Follow along and see what each says! We’ll be going in order based on where their part of the story falls within the book. My review will be posted during the six weeks as well.
So, first up, catch the torch, Vicky…..
First Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
A: My character, seventeen year-old Caecilius, brings a certain innocence to the story, mostly by virtue of his age and inexperience. He is in love with the wrong person and we learn right along with him just how wrong she is for him.
Caecilius does not live in Pompeii but is inexorably drawn to it. For him, the girl and the city become intertwined—one great big, sexy mess of a place, ripe with opportunity and danger. The choices he makes about the city shape his entire destiny.
His story attracted me because it allowed me to answer a question that has always dogged me about a certain witness’s behavior in the face of the disaster. Ancient history buffs will know what I mean when they get to the end of the story!
Q2: What is one of your favorite moments from the collaboration?
A: Can’t answer, because it’s impossible. There are so many! From having online conversations (or, more accurately, “bitch sessions”) about the ridiculousness of Roman naming conventions to the gross detailing the ancient brothel stalls, you just couldn’t have made up some of the online conversations I either participated in or witnessed. These included such gems as: “Okay fine. How slowly should I kill him then?” Or “Would a rich girl really be so insulted by the prospect of back-door sex?” Or, my personal favorite, “Could a guy really continue thrusting after hearing a boom like that?”
Seriously, it was priceless. And utterly awesome.
Vicky Alvear Shecter is an award-winning writer of young adult historical fiction set in the ancient world and mythology for younger readers. Her novels include, Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii and Cleopatra’s Moon, the latter of which Atlantic online included in a list of “YA Historical Fiction Adults Should Read.” She is a docent at the Carlos Museum of antiquities at Emory University. Her newest non-fiction for children, Hades Speaks, recently released!
A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii releases on November 4, 2014. Can’t wait? DON’T—make a date with destiny and don’t go down with the smoke. Make sure you receive your copy immediately on Nov. 4 by pre-ordering A Day of Fire in the format of your choice:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NI5CBXI</
by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn and Vicky Alvear Shecter,
with an introduction by Michelle Moran
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Six top historical novelists join forces to bring readers the stories of Pompeii’s residents—from patricians to prostitutes—as their world ended. You will meet:
Pompeii was a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of the Roman Empire. When Vesuvius erupted in an explosion of flame and ash, the entire town would be destroyed. Some of its citizens died in the chaos, some escaped the mountain’s wrath . . .these are their stories:
A boy loses his innocence in Pompeii’s flourishing streets.
An heiress dreads her wedding day, not knowing it will be swallowed by fire.
An ex-legionary stakes his entire future on a gladiator bout destined never to be finished.
A crippled senator welcomes death, until a tomboy on horseback comes to his rescue.
A young mother faces an impossible choice for her unborn child as the ash falls.
A priestess and a whore seek redemption and resurrection as the town is buried.
Six top historical authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others’ path during Pompeii’s fiery end. But who will escape, and who will be buried for eternity?