About a year ago, I got approached by Kate Quinn, an American author who also writes about ancient Rome. She had a fantastic proposition: to write a 6 part novel, from multiple points of view, about what happened in Pompeii during the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It took a while to come together, but after some writing, and lots of emails, and even an online Google discussion, A Day of Fire had been written. Together with myself and Kate, we had an impressive selection of other historical fiction authors: Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot, Vicky Alvear Shecter and Eliza Knight. We were lucky enough to get a great cover quote from Simon Scarrow, who loved the book.
A brief description:
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 . . . and 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 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?
The book is available at the bargain price of £3.15 from Amazon.co.uk and $5.04 from Amazon.com. It’s also available for $4.99 at B&N, and as a print book from Amazon. It’s not currently available in book shops, although that may change.
I hope you like it!