A Few Questions with Ben Kane about A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, if you’re a historical reader or consistent reader of this site, about the *ERUPTION* A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii has made this month!

However, in case you haven’t, six top historical novelists have joined 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.

In celebration of the book, and all the time this clan put into it, I’ve been doing this “Ring of Fire” series 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.

We’ve heard from Vicky, then Sophie,

and next up is Ben Kane……take it away Ben!

Q1 : What did your character bring to the volcano gods for the book (i.e. what voice did they bring to the volume)?

Ben: With luck, the voice of a man whose fortunes have been bad for years, getting even worse. And that was before the eruption started…

Q2: What is one of your favorite moments from the collaboration?

Ben: Without doubt, the hilarity and degree of embarrassment that erupted (!) after one of the others – during an online discussion – called me British. I’m Irish. You can do the math on the rest. 😉

Ben Kane, Biography~

BEN_KANE_HADRIANS_WALL_3‘History is more than facts on a pages. It’s the sounds, the smells, the people, the passion. History should make you think: “I was there.” My books are born from my obsession with Roman history. I’ve followed Spartacus’ trail across Italy. I’ve stood at Cannae and imagined Hannibal’s army meeting the massed legions of Rome. I’ve watched the sea lapping against the fortifications of Syracuse, which were besieged by the Romans for almost two years. I’ve walked Hadrian’s Wall in full Roman military dress, including hobnailed boots.

To find out more about Ben Kane, his world and his novels visit: http://www.benkane.net
Twitter @BenKaneAuthor
Facebook.com/benkanebooks

A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii released on November 4, 2014. Order now!

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NI5CBXI</

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A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii, Information~

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?

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