Guest Post

Book of Fire Author Michelle L E Kenney Guest Posts: A Writer’s Journey.

Hi everyone! Today we have author of Book of Fire Michelle L E Kenney – which you already know because of the title haha. If you’re coming to CHCC YA Fest – if you’re not, why not? Huh? Huh? – then you’ll be able to get some signed goodies that Michelle is kindly donating and a code for a free ebook of Book of Fire. You can get tickets here.

A Writer’s Journey

13th June 2017 turned out to be one of those rare, unforgettable days – right up there with getting married and birth of my two little girls – because it was the day my agent, Chloe Seager, called to say she’d secured a trilogy deal for my debut novel Book of Fire.

And, to be honest, I did cry.

Shocked, thrilled, amazed..they go some way to sum up my feelings on the day, but looking back I can see I was really in complete denial. Because writers are pretty hard-wired for rejection, so when acceptance comes along, it sweeps us off our feet, spins us around and leaves us not knowing which way is up. For days.

Once the truth had set in, of course, I was tap-dancing across the ceiling! And the last seven months have been no less breathtaking. Book of Fire was launched as HQ Digital’s very first YALit title, thanks to the fab talents of my Editor Hannah Smith, on 25th August and has enjoyed a great response. I really couldn’t have asked for better reviewer and blogger support with comparisons to giants such as: ‘Percy Jackson, The Bone Season, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Fire Sermon, Da Vinci Code, Gladiator and The Island of Doctor Moreau among others. All pretty humbling and inspiring for any nervous debut. I’ve also been lucky enough to take part in numerous press and blogger interviews, a Best of YA 2017 box scheme, giveaways, University competitions, live Twitter chats, library FunPalace events, and recently, I even got a sneak peek of Exeter’s Underground Passages!

And the support of other authors has also been hugely encouraging, the book community really is a very warm and welcoming second home.

So, what’s Book of Fire all about?

Book of Fire is a dystopian adventure with the medieval Voynich Manuscript mystery at its heart. It follows the journey of feral twins Eli and Talia,who live in a secret forest idyll ‘Arafel’. They are survivors of biochemical warfare, which has scarred the earth following a Great War of 2025. The War has left its mark: Eli has been born into a world of silence and Talia has inherited a dangerous legacy passed down by her forefathers.

Then an unexpected forest raid forces Talia and Max, her childhood friend, into a desperate mission to rescue her family whilst also protecting the sacred Book of Arafel. While inside the domes, Talia makes some life-changing discoveries, and an ally, in the form of Insider August, who challenges everything.

With the clock ticking, she must decide: why her Grandfather has protected The Book of Arafel with his life, and what is she prepared to sacrifice in order to save her family.

Extract, Book 1

‘At the time of the Great War, before nature was allowed to reclaim what was once a bustling city, the moorland forest had covered only a few square miles. Now it stretched as far as the eye could see, swallowing up eerie ruins as it grew. It was dwarfed only by the monolithic Lifedome rearing up to the skyline, and swallowing one bite of the moon every night. Our ancestors had called this area Exeter, but now it was only wilderness, filled with every species of animal from all corners of the earth.’

‘I loved it, I want someone to wipe my memory so I can read it all over again!’ Han Hunter

‘I have not enjoyed reading a fantasy book this much since The Hunger Games and I devoured every single page.’ Zoe Mann

It is hoped that the second book in the series will be out this summer (2018) but meanwhile there is a Book of Fire community on Facebook, at , and you can keep up to date with Book of Fire news at @mkenneypr (Twitter). Book of Fire can be found in many Harper Collins outlets including Amazon at

Thanks Michelle!