A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii (cover), by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, and Vicky Alvear Shecter. "The best fictional account of the disaster that I have read." - Simon Scarrow, #1 bestselling author of the Eagle Stories

I’ve been remiss in not mentioning this before now. However, with the Historical Novel Society Convention only days away, I wanted to review the many reasons that I’m excited to go. First and foremost amongst those reasons, of course, is the chance to meet with my tribe of historical-loving readers and writers. I’ve made so many wonderful friends and learned so much about the past–and the industry–and this convention before that I can’t wait to go back again. Plus, since it’s only held here in the US every other year, it feels like an extra special treat. I’m so grateful for the hard work of the volunteer organizers in making it all come together.

Then there’s the fact that this year I will have the opportunity to spend time with five out of the six authors who made A DAY OF FIRE: A Novel of Pompeii, come to life last year. We will be missing Ben Kane mightily as we celebrate the wonderful reception our novel has gotten from the historical community–including being nominated for a coveted award. We are so honored and will be thrilled to be reunited in Denver. We’re also excited about the other worthy books up for this award too.