University of Leicester technician and children's author is celebrating the
success of his latest work - The Fire Within.
is the fourteenth book that Chris d'Lacey has written – previous publications
have won national awards.
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.
a professional writer with another job, Chris d'Lacey considers himself of a
He says that as an author, "the writing is always creeping up on
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."
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.
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
Fire Within is published by Orchard Books and is available at all good
more information, please contact Chris on 0116 252 3019
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