Book Feature: Barbarian Hero by Michelle Janene



Book Feature: Barbarian Hero by Michelle Janene

Michelle Janene is one of our columnists at Pandora’s Box Gazette. She shares great writing advice each month with our readers. We are featuring her new book, Barbarian Hero, that has recently been released.

About the Book

Volkard is a displaced warrior with an unquenchable thirst for blood trying to make a place for himself among the Germanic tribes. Their raids on wealthy Romans fuel his desire to kill. One person invades his craving.


The attack on one villa changed everything. Salomeh knelt in prayer like the other slaves. He knew he had to save her or doom his soul. Volkard’s only aim becomes saving her, even if the price is his life.

He fails his mission. He doesn't protect her and is captured and sold to become a gladiator for the joy of Rome.

Will her faith and the new religion she shows him sustain him or fuel his revenge?

Why Michelle Wrote the Book

As a middle school teacher, I cover the Roman Empire and its conflict with the many Germanic tribes. I am also a Bible teacher and love the early stories as Christianity began to spread. I began to toy with ideas of these worlds all colliding. The Roman's and their hatred of "The Way" and its followers, Christians as slaves to their Roman enemies, and the encroachment of the Germanic people.

What could have happened when two people from these worlds were thrown together? Possibly a barbarian might have turned out to be a hero.

It was a lot of fun to write in areas that I have studied for years. Most of my books are fantasy where I can just make things up. This stretched me in a different way as an author.

About the Author


Michelle Janene lives and works in Northern California. Most days she blissfully exists in the medieval creations of her mind. She is a devoted teacher, a dysfunctional housekeeper, and a dedicated writer. She released her first novella Mission: Mistaken Identity in 2015. God’s Rebel came out in 2016, followed by Rebel’s Son and Hidden Rebel in 2017. She has been published in “Guide Post Magazine” and several anthologies.

She leads two critique groups and is the founder of Strong Tower Press—Indie solutions for indie authors. You can find her at Strong Tower Press, Turret Writing, on Facebook, Twitter, and on Goodreads.

You can read Michelle’s regular “Writing Life” column on the 3rd Tuesday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.


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