Interview with Author of “Warm Bodies” Isaac Marion

Dragon Soul Press had the great honor of interviewing Isaac Marion, author of the Warm Bodies series, during the anticipation of the release for the fourth book this past November.

You can follow the author here: Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads, Website.

 

Q: When did you decide to become a writer? What’s your genre?
I was 14 when I realized that there was no reason I couldn’t write books just like all the books I loved reading. I started right away, wrote a 1000 page epic fantasy novel, tried and failed to get it published, and went right on to the next, which was a mostly realistic story set in the town I lived in. I don’t “have a genre” any more than I “have a mood.” My genres change from story to story, or at best, they combine several.51Cw06tOHYL

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
From looking closely at the world and people around me, noticing patterns, feeling desires, sensing mysteries. Traveling, dreaming, movies, music, and other books. From everything.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s block?  If yes, how do you overcome it?
I get it mostly between books, when I’m trying to get a new story started and I haven’t built the emotional momentum yet. That’s hard and I haven’t written enough books to have found a solution. When it happens deeper into the process, when I get stuck on a plot hole or can’t find the right approach to a scene, I usually find that physical activity helps break up the sediment and get the thoughts flowing again. Running in particular has been really helpful for me, the combination of fresh oxygen and the rush of scenery seems to clear my brain and turbo-charge it to break through those blockages. It’s remarkably effective for something so blunt and non-intellectual.

Q: What is the hardest thing for you about writing?
Generating the story. Ideas, concepts, and feelings all come easily to me, but inventing the chain of events that allow those things to unspool into a coherent story is always a challenge. Sometimes it feels like the road is going to evaporate under me while I’m walking. There’s always the fear that the answers just won’t come to me. But so far, it’s always ended up working out, so maybe I need to trust myself.

Q: Are you currently reading any books?
I just started The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. Never Let Me Go devastated me so I go into this with high hopes, even though it seems very different in tone and subject. I’m a big fan of writers like him who weave “genre” elements into literary material without making a big deal out of it, because it shouldn’t be a big deal. A story is a story. The lines we draw between “literary” and “genre” are reductive and limiting and should be destroyed.

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Q: Can you sum up the Warm Bodies series in just a few sentences?
A dead man finds his way back to life, falls in love with a young revolutionary, and together they search for a cure to the metaphysical plague that has destroyed civilization, while fighting the bizarre corporate militia that seeks to harness those forces.

Q: How did it feel when you were finally able to share your novel, The Living, with the world?
It was like telling a secret that I’d been keeping my entire life.

Introducing Author Jordan Petrarca

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Dragon Soul Press proudly presents Author Jordan Petrarca has joined the ranks! His expertise resides in organized crime and fantasy novels. Learn more about this author here.

 

Q: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

A: No, even though my last name looks kind of hard to pronounce, I think it’s cool and I love the Italian heritage behind it.

Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

A: I would tell my younger self to not be so hard on yourself, be confident and believe in what you write. Oh, and stop being so lazy and start writing more!

Q: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

A: When I was in sixth grade, I wrote a play called “The Murder of Big Bird” for an English assignment. The teacher loved it so much that she had me cast some of my classmates and perform it in front of the class. The classroom roared with laughter throughout the entire performance and it amazed me how much I could connect with an audience through simple words and beloved characters.

Q: What does literary success look like to you?

A: To me, literary success can be as simple as even just one person telling you how much they enjoyed reading something you wrote from your own imagination. Especially, my wife…Of course, I would love seeing the whole world enjoy it, but in the end, I just want my family to be proud of me.

Q: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

A: The research I do for writing is simple. I watch movies, read books, and play video games that inspire me to be creative.  Years back I didn’t have the confidence to write an entire novel, but after reading over thirty books in a year, I started to believe that I had the tools to write one.

Q: How many hours a day do you write?

A: I have a fairly busy life, but when I’m writing a manuscript, I spend about four hours a day writing.  Mostly at night because I spend time with my twin girls before they go to bed.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write?

A: When I wrote Mafia University, the words flowed pretty easily because I’ve had the idea in my head for the last fifteen years.  But if I had to choose which scene was the hardest to write, it would have to be the opening scene.  It’s a brutal scene, but it makes you want to read what happens next.

Q: What is your favorite childhood book?

A: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A: It takes me about 4-6 months to write a book.

Q: Where can readers learn more about you?

A: On Facebook, on Twitter, and on my Amazon Page.

Introducing Author V.P. Allasander

logo (1)Dragon Soul Press is proud to announce Author V.P. Allasander is joining the ranks with dark, twisted fairytales! Enjoy an interview with the author himself.

Q: If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?

I think I would love to live in New Orleans because my favorite series that I am writing now (except for the high fantasy ones) is set in Louisiana. And, ever since The Originals took off on CW, I am just in love with the French Quarter. And I do love witches and voodoo. So, yes, I would love to live there and write books one day.

Q: What has influenced you the most as a writer?

I think it is mostly reading books that made me want to tell stories. I started reading at a very young age, you see, and I picked up a lot of fantasy and mystery thrillers to read. It was when I was in the eighth grade that my English teacher had me write a short story for some competition and ever since then, I have felt the urge to write stories. I started off with short stories and then started writing fanfiction. Even now, reading books makes me want to write better stories. Apart from that, watching TV shows and observing people and the events around me has also influenced me in some respects.

Q: What is your favorite genre to read, and why?

Speculative Fiction, hands down. I prefer the fantasy side of speculative fiction (urban, high, dark, epic), but I also sometimes read post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, and dystopian. I also read a lot of horror. Since I read in this genre avidly, these are also the genres I write in.

Q: How many drafts do your books generally go through before publication?

As many drafts as are needed. However, I’ve been writing for a long time, and if my writing in the first draft is really good, it will have fewer subsequent drafts. The thing with me is I distill unnecessary plot sequences during the outlining phase itself. So, when I write, I have almost structurally edited it. Of course, my beta readers and editors may also suggest what to remove later on.

Q: What is your favorite word, and why?

Adamantine would be my favorite word. It is a synonym to ‘adamant’, but it does sound more beautiful than it. Also because that word is quite close to adamantium (read: Wolverine), though it has really no relation to it. Just because it is closer to the word in Wolverine, I love it.

Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?

Reading badly written books. It does affect my writing juju and I really get the worst story on paper or a good story badly executed, just because badly written books destroyed my mood.

Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I really cannot count. A lot of books just lie there on my PC. However, I am going to start publishing in 2019, so you can expect a marathon.

Q: If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?

Frankly speaking, I do not know what I would do if I didn’t know how to write. But if pushed hard, I would probably be in the branding segment or retail.

Q: What is your favorite childhood book?

I will definitely say anything by Enid Blyton, Franklin Dixon, and Carolyn Keene, but if you are seeking something that really influenced me, it has to be Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien.

Q: Where can readers learn more about you?

You can connect with me on my personal Facebook profile, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also email me. I do reply to all. As an author, I want to be accessible. And I love conversing with readers, being one myself. If you are in my city, you are also welcome to meet me personally or in the umpteen numbers of book club meetings and literature festivals I help organize.

50% Off New Year Sale

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Dragon Soul Press is a traditional publisher that also provides professional services for self-published authors. All services are available for browsing on the website and there is a more in-depth description for each within the store. Below are listed the prices for the sale that takes place between January 1st to January 3rd. To receive the discount code, you will need to sign up for the newsletter by December 29th.

Full Edit starting at 5k words now $15
Proofread starting at 5k words now $10
Formatting under 25k now $25
Blurb Editing was $30 and now $15
Premade Covers were $75 and now $37.50 each
Custom Covers were $100 and now $50 each
Cover Teaser Graphics were $10 and now $5
Social Media Banners were $8 and now $4
Premade Logos were $40 and now $20 each
Custom Logos were $60 and now $30 each
Logo Full Branding was $100 and now $50
Personal Assistant was $5/hr and now $2.50/hr
Virtual Events were $50 and now $25
Facebook Page Treatment was $30 and now $15
Newsletter Appearance was $40 and now $20

It is not likely another sale like this will happen for a very long time so take advantage of it while it’s available!

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the DSP Facebook page or send an email directly to dspquestions@gmail.com.

Fresh News

REVARY

Have you been keeping tabs on Dragon Soul Press?

The cover reveal for Abigail Linhardt’s novel Revary was a few days ago and we are excited to announce she has more books coming! Revary will be available for preorder soon and is publishing on January 19th. The book summary is below.

Clare is a conflicted high school senior who escapes her life through daydreams and her live-action role-playing campaign called Sun Age. With adulthood just around the corner, Clare doesn’t know what to do and hopes life will hand her a future. But her lack of hope could have a more devastating effect than she knows on her world and other worlds outside of her own.

While out in the park during her campaign in full medieval ranger costume, Clare wishes more than ever that she could have the power to understand her future and accidently falls into a magical world called Revary. It is being destroyed from the inside out by a mysterious corruption and decay that dements the people and causes their world to vanish and rot.

Clare learns that only a person from her world, Earth, can save the strange world by using her imagination and fulfilling plans for a brighter future—creating Revary through hope and dreams. Realizing she must name her own future to save them, Clare takes up the task of traveling back and forth between worlds to save the magic.

Encountering everything from orcish centaurs and black witches to jewel-seeking sky pirates and obnoxious oracles, Clare and her friends use fantasy-gaming knowledge to save Earth and Revary, realizing they are all a part of a single story within a story.

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Spectre of Springwell ForestSimon Dillon’s horror novel Spectre of Springwell Forest is available now in ebook and paperback! It’s a perfect spine-tingling read for this holiday season, but you’ll be sleeping with the lights on afterwards. You have been warned. Enjoy the book summary below.

Lily Henderson has a horrifying secret buried far in her past. She hoped it would never be revealed. Now she has no choice. 

To save her family, Lily must keep them from returning to the village of Springwell, where she lived with her first husband and young daughter decades previously. In the past, after moving to Springwell, Lily encounters secretive locals, government scientists, and rumours of a ghost haunting the forest.

Are they linked to the mysterious deaths of local children? Do paintings by a local artist predict when tragic events are getting closer?

Will Lily’s daughter be next?

Two were taken. More will follow.

 

Keep an eye on each author’s personal page here on the DSP website for more news on their upcoming projects!