[Press and Public Relations] Dragon's Tale is Hot Stuff!

January 2002

No 9

A University of Leicester technician and children's author is celebrating the success of his latest work - The Fire Within.

It is the fourteenth book that Chris d'Lacey has written previous publications have won national awards.

Now the operator of the confocal microscope in the University's Pre-Clinical Sciences department is also preparing to give a special 'Children's Lecture' to coincide with the University of Leicester's 80th Anniversary.

As a professional writer with another job, Chris d'Lacey considers himself of a "dual profession". He says that as an author, "the writing is always creeping up on you".

Chris said: "The Fire Within is a novel about a young student taking lodgings with a rather strange family.  He gets caught up in their production of mysteriously life-like dragons and the daughter's fascination with squirrels. Ultimately, it is a book about self-discovery and the importance of creativity in our lives. It is a novel that certainly that has the potential to appeal to all ages." 

Chris added that everything a writer produces has "some personal experience behind it, a bit of your personality." Even the squirrel with one eye in The Fire Within has a real life basis in the form of the one-eyed squirrel that at one time frequented the University's Medical Sciences car park.

This is a busy period in Chris's 'other' life, with another two novels appearing in the next four months.  February sees the publication of Pawnee Warrior a gripping sequel to his award-winning pigeon saga Fly, Cherokee, Fly. This is followed in April 2002 by a light-hearted romp, The Salt Pirates of Skegness.

The Fire Within is published by Orchard Books and is available at all good bookshops.

Note to newsdesk: For more information, please contact Chris on 0116 252 3019


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