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Celebrate the Month Anniversary of A Day of Fire: Pompeii with Micro-Interview: Stephanie Dray Arrives

It’s already the one month anniversary of the launch of A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii! In celebration of this release of the historical novel, I’ve been doing a “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 two questions!

Today, eloquent Stephanie Dray is in the hot seat, but there are links to the four past micro-interviews too. Follow along and see what each has to say about their experience! I’m going in order based on where their part of the story falls within the book. I’m a bit late on my review, due to some family and personal responsibilities, so I’ll end the series with seven parts with my review as the seventh week, next week on 12/11. So far, I’ve loved the book and highly recommend.

Just for Fun Photo: The Temple of Isis in Pompeii / Wiki

Just for Fun Photo: The Temple of Isis in Pompeii / Wiki

In case you haven’t heard, or read my past posts, this book was written by six top historical novelists who 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.

Now, take it away, Stephanie Dray…..the heat’s on you….

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

A: When we first contemplated the massive disaster that was Pompeii, we knew it was going to be a heart-rending tale, and we didn’t want to leave the reader so depressed they’d want to slit their wrists. As it happens, writing very dark stories with uplifting endings happens to be a bit of a specialty of mine—and so early on, I thought I might be writing the ending. We didn’t want the story to be nihilistic or without a soul, especially since there were so many touching things discovered in the ruins—such as the fact that the priests of Isis stayed, propitiating the goddess, almost to the end. And since I’d already written about Isis worship in my books about Cleopatra Selene, that sealed the deal. In this book, my heroine Capella is tavern prostitute who has a calling to serve as a priestess. She and her wicked half-sister weave in and out of all the other stories in the novel, and so by the end, I think the reader will be as attached to them as I was. They both get to speak for redemption, in different ways, and I was delighted to be able to write a poignant–and untawdry tale about these women of ill-repute.

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

A: I loved sharing characters, setting up plot arcs in the first part of the book written by Vicky AlvearShecter that wouldn’t come to fruition until the end of the book, in mine. We had so much fun brainstorming, and sketching out plots together and elevating each other’s stories. Six heads are wiser than one!

 Previously posted in the series:

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Sophie

Ben

Kate

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Stephanie Dray, Biograpy~

s draySTEPHANIE DRAY is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author of historical women’s fiction and fantasy. Her critically- acclaimed historical series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award, and won the Golden Leaf.

Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion.

Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher.

Learn more about Stephanie and her books at: www.stephaniedray.com

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

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

pre-order cover ElizaKnight_ADayofFire_HR

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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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</

pre-order cover ElizaKnight_ADayofFire_HR

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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Sophie Perinot Talks About Working on A Day of Fire with Her Writing Friends

If you haven’t heard, six top historical novelists have joined forces to bring readers the stories of Pompeii’s residents—from patricians to prostitutes—as their world ended. They have called it A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii. 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’m doing this SERIES. Yes, some sort of “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.

Sophie Perinot is next on the list. So, take it away Sophie……

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

A: My characters brought love to the volcano gods: both imagined love and the real thing. The tricky part for my main character, Aemilia, was recognizing the difference. Aemilia is only fifteen, an age at which infatuation is common. She is a very smart young woman but she can’t be wise—because that is something that generally comes with age. Alternately, extreme circumstances can lead to tremendous personal growth. What if you were a young woman on the cusp of a major life event—your wedding—and suddenly your process of growing up was accelerated and focused by a shaking (quite literally) of the world as you knew it? What might you become? That is the situation Aemilia experiences.

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

A: Writing can be a solitary business which is a shame because most of the writers I know are a heck of a lot of fun. “A Day of Fire” took the loneliness out of being a novelist. Because “A Day of Fire” is a continuity—a collection of stories that overlap and build a larger plot arc—a tremendous amount of back-and-forth was involved between participating authors. We got to hang out, both virtually and in real life. I think my favorite moment was our first in-person get together. Four of us (Eliza Knight, Stephanie Dray, Kate Quinn and I) gathered at Kate’s house for a day long planning session. Our number one goal was to finalize the book’s timeline and start a “bible” full of characters and details that could continue to grow as the project did. Most of us arrived with a sense of who our characters were and where our story fit in the overall destruction of the city. But as we sat together around a table (see picture) ideas began to catch fire. There was so much energy and discussion. It was fantastic! I felt like I was watching my own story and the stories of the others take solid form right in the air between us. I believe all of us left that session feeling our work had been changed for the better by the encounter.

And here are some pictures of the women of the Pompeii novel working away….they don’t look like they are having fun at all, do they? WINK!

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L-R: Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, and Eliza Knight working on A Day of Fire.

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The ladies of Pompeii: L-R Kate Quinn, Sophie Periot, Stephanie Dray, and Eliza Knight

Sophie Perinot, Biography~

Sophie Perinot writes historical fiction. Her debut novel, The Sister Queens,(March 2012/NAL), was set in 13th century France and England and wove the captivating story of sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, who both became queens. Perinot’s next novel, Medicis Daughter, (late 2015/Thomas Dunne) travels forward three-hundred years to the intrigue-riven French Valois court, spinning the tale of beautiful princess Marguerite who walks the knife edge between the demands of her serpentine mother, Catherine de Medicis, and those of her own conscience.

Ms. Perinot has both a BA in History and a law degree. She left the practice of law to pursue artistic interests, including writing. An avid reader, especially of classic literature, and life-long student of history, it seemed only natural that Sophie should write historical fiction. As someone who studied French abroad and a devotee of Alexandre Dumas, French history was a logical starting point. An active member of the Historical Novel Society, she has attended all of the group’s North American Conferences and served as a panelist multiple times.

When she is not visiting corners of the past, Sophie lives in Great Falls Virginia with her three children, three cats, one dog and one husband. To learn more about Sophie and her work, visit http://www.sophieperinot.com.

The FIRST STOP on the RING OF FIRE, and she survived, was Vicky!

The THIRD STOP will be Ben Kane, so stay tuned!!

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

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

pre-order cover ElizaKnight_ADayofFire_HR

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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