Burning Sky: Extras

  ~ READ the first two chapters of Burning Sky

~ LISTEN to a podcast interview with Lori about the story, characters and themes of Burning Sky


Awards & Nominations


Behind the Scenes of Burning Sky

Burning Sky has a Pinterest board. See photos that inspired scenes, settings, and characters.

A RECIPE inspired by Burning Sky, using the Iroquois Three Sisters (corn, beans & squash): Succotash!

The Making of a Cover ~ Take a behind the scenes look at the creation of the book's cover with designer Kristopher Orr 

From the Cutting Room Floor: About those MacGregors 

Historical Background

~ About the Iroquois: Mohawks  

Burning Sky: Research

Burning Sky trivia: 

~ It took 18 months to write Burning Sky, but that was only the first draft. I spent nearly that long again, all told, editing the story. 
 ~ The original working title of Burning Sky was The Quiet in the Land, taken from a verse in Psalms mentioned in the book.
~ Burning Sky is my first published novel, but it's not the first novel I've ever written. I wrote for close to twenty years before I was offered my first book contract. Burning Sky is the seventh or eighth novel I've written. I lost count!

Praise for Burning Sky

"By turns exciting and heart-wrenching, Burning Sky is a deeply engaging story with a tender, thoughtful heart." ~ Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series

"Captivating from its very first phrase, I sighed and wept with her characters. I yearned for their well-being--and missed them like old friends when I turned the last page." ~ Mesu Andrews, author of Love Amid the Ashes, 2012 ECPA New Author Book of the Year

"Burning Sky is a beautifully written story of courage, love, and new beginnings. Author Lori Benton introduces us to a great cast of characters while keeping the action strong in every vividly drawn scene." ~ Ann H. Gabhart, author of Angel Sister, The Outsider, and other stories

"Lori Benton gives us seasons in her debut novel Burning Sky. Seasons of planting corn, beans and pumpkins as backdrops to the ripening and challengers of lives working through chaos after a war and a terrible personal tragedy. The author gives us seasons of the journey through loss, risk, family and love. Set on a frontier homestead in New York in 1784, we meet distinctive characters I came quickly to care about." ~ Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of One Glorious Ambition