Local author breaks new ground with audio release

Local young adult author Francesca Tyer is on the verge of releasing an audio version of her debut novel, The Firestone. The audiobook is narrated by British actor and award-winning author, Clive Mantle, best known for his roles in Casualty and Robin of Sherwood.

“The audiobook took three days to record and is currently undergoing post-production edits,” says Francesca. “The release date is Saturday 5th November and I can’t wait!’
The Firestone was launched at WHSmith Salisbury in 2020 with local media outlets Brunton Media and Wessex TV providing coverage. The Firestone, published by Authors Reach Ltd, is the first book in The Elemental Prophesy series. It tells the story of James Fynch, a 14-year-old boy who, after witnessing a strange event at an airport, finds himself transported to a magical, parallel world.
In a review of The Firestone, Dr Who Online: “To think this is Tyer’s first novel is mind-blowing – this is the work of a seasoned writer whose attention to detail, character development and world-building, galvanises her as a most accomplished author.”

In October 2021, Francesca released the second book in her series, The Seastone. Earlier this year, the Rocketship Bookshop in Salisbury hosted a signing event for both novels. The third book, The Earthstone, is currently being edited ready for release in 2023.

Alongside her writing, Francesca runs creative writing workshops in schools, bookshops, and online. She also runs 1-2-1 mentoring sessions for writers and combines this with freelance editing.
You can find more information about Francesca’s published work at

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