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.

Introducing Author Amber Morant

Joining the Dragon Soul Press growing list of authors is talented Amber Morant! An incredible series is coming soon!

Q: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

My favorite novel would have to be Tailchaser’s Song. Where other enjoyed Tad Williams Red Wall series, I loved the development of cats and their existence in an almost fantastical world connected to our own. It was very dark and light in different moments and as a kid, it made me imagine my own cats at home going on similar adventures. I’m just sad Williams never wrote another book about Tailchaser.37522906_1755023324605094_7022020226128543744_n

Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

You… definitely don’t want to know. Honestly, I think I have about two half-finished books that I am currently working on. As far as unfinished projects, they’re a dime a dozen on my drive where I thought it was a really good idea and quickly lost interest after a few thousand words within it. I may go back to them and flesh them out, but right now, I just want to keep moving forward.

Q: Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Every time I read a new piece of fiction, it makes me think differently on it. The fact that there are infinite worlds and people to discover just amazes me. Not only that, how some people can look at such similar objects or places and describe them so differently amazes me. It’s like taking a moment to pop into the mind of the author and seeing their own view of the world.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write?

Hardest scene for me to write is ironically the fight scenes. Not because they are difficult, but I sometimes get lost in the moment and then forget where exactly they are in the room. Because of this I have to sit there and act out the scene myself in a mocking way to get oriented back to where the characters are. Thankfully, I have a few swords in my collection that helps in acting out the scene.

Q: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

Of course. I’ve never suffered PTSD, but I wrote an entire book about a character who suffered it. I think if you are willing to put the time into it, you can write a book despite not feeling emotions as strongly. Not to mention, beta readers are always out there or co-authors to help you if you feel the emotions are weak. On a similar stance, but a bit more adult, I have met plenty of erotica and high heat level romance books who are asexual and they have been able to make it out there.

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

I would say it wasn’t so much I realized it when it happened but looking back it was the spark that showed me power. When I was younger, I went from reading simple books and short chapter books to full length novels. Harry Potter to be exact. From there it inspired me to write and pursue a career in writing. That was almost 18 year ago, so you can say that it has definitely struck me and hit hard with how powerful the written word could affect my entire life.

Q: What does literary success look like to you?

Success to me doesn’t come in the form of awards or living a life of luxury. If anything, it just looks like me living a full-time career and replacing my current income with that of writing. To me, the other stuff is great, but it’s not the success but just extra perks. Obviously I want to be able to enjoy what I am writing too, because then it just feels like empty words and false money to me. Yea, I’m picky on how I earn my money and have to feel like I deserved it.

Q: How do you select the names of your characters?

I’d say like a lot of different people do which is through those websites like 1001babynames and stuff like that. Sometimes I event take it from mythology itself. Though most of my character’s names are built around a certain culture and the names found within them. Best example is in my latest work in progress being Shadow of the Crown, the Drow all possess names that are very Japanese influenced and even their culture has that similar influence as well.

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

Don’t give up and stop procrastinating on writing. Just get out there with your butt in the seat and write already! Seriously, I was bad at procrastinating everything. Not to mention telling my younger self to be so self-conscious about her writing because it’s pretty freaking good if she would stop worrying about people who aren’t her audience caring about the books.

Q: Where can readers learn more about you?

You can learn more about me almost on all social networks. My website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

I’m always up to chat if you want to reach out to me and talk about some nerdy stuff going on.

Interview with Author Andy Peloquin

We had the opportunity to interview Andy Peloquin. Known for The Last Bucelarii seriesHero of Darkness series, and Different, Not Damaged, he is making an incredible impact in the dark fantasy genre.

 

Introduce yourself and your experience with writing!
I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Who’s your childhood literary superhero?

From my childhood, I’d have to say A.C. Doyle. One of the best birthday presents I’ve gotten to-date was The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes (on my 11th birthday). I read the crap out of that book until I had to give it away. I went and bought myself a new copy of the exact same edition because I loved it so much.

Something about the way he made those mysteries so damn confusing, then solved them with such cool, calm logic just stuck with me. I still try to approach the mysteries in my own fantasy novels the same way.

Have you ever written fan-fiction?

I have not. The only thing I’d consider writing fan-fic for would be Deadpool, but I know I’m nowhere near funny enough to pull it off!

How possessive are you about your work?

Very and not a lot. Sounds odd, I know.

I’m very possessive in that I know the story that I want to tell for the character, and I know their journey needs to feel organic and accurate the person I have created. I know no one would be able to write the stories the same way I do because everything is colored by my unique perspective.

And yet, I’m not so tied to my creations that I can’t accept outside ideas, help, even outside fan-fiction. Heck, my current series is actually set in a city and uses elements that someone wrote into a fan fiction piece.

Can you tell us about your current projects?

My current project is a 5-book series titled Heirs of Destiny. It’s a spin-off of both of my existing series—Hero of Darkness and Queen of Thieves—following young adult (17 y/o) protagonists (three male, three female) as they fight to save “the City of the Dead” free greedy politicians, bloodthirsty cults, vicious criminal syndicates, and even darker, ancient threats. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed series that follows four POV characters—a REAL challenge to write, let me tell you! Books 1-3 are written, and I intend to complete Books 4 and 5 before the Christmas holidays, with an eye on a January 2019 launch.

What other genres do you enjoy reading?

I’ll dabble in the occasional sci-fi or thriller, but I tend to stick mostly to fantasy. Call it research, scoping out the competition, or simply preference—fantasy is my jam!

What is your motivation for writing more?

Obviously there’s the financial side of things—we writers need to eat and pay bills, too—but I find that if I don’t write, I kind of go a bit crazy. Fiction gives me an outlet for my thoughts, feelings, emotions, and beliefs. I need to tell these stories, else I’ll start to feel bottled-up. So as long as I keep writing more, I can keep exploring the world around me and coming to a better understanding of the people I interact with every day.

What do you do in your free time?

TV is my current hobby of choice. It’s great to study TV writing and learn from it, but it’s nice to sometimes give my brain a break after a long day of writing. I also hit the gym, read, cook, or spend time with my wife and four teenaged kids.

Is it true that anyone can be a writer?

Yes, absolutely! Writing is just about putting words on a page, so it’s something anyone can do. You can be good with practice and experience. But it takes a combination of raw talent, experience, and a whole lot of hard work to make a GREAT writer.

What books have influenced your life the most?

I’d have to say there are a few: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Night Angel by Brent Weeks, and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Those have all been directly influential on both my worldview and my approach to crafting great novels.

Of all the books you have published thus far, which one are you proudest of?

I’d have to say that Thief of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 2) is probably the one I’ve loved the most. It takes a deep dive into the psyche of abuse victims, all wrapped up in an Ocean’s Eleven-style bank heist and adventure story. It was a very raw, personal story that I’m so glad I managed to write right.

Where can readers learn more about you?

Everywhere that media is social!

WebsiteTwitter, Facebook, Fan GroupYouTube ChannelNewsletter Sign-UpFantasy Fiends Facebook.

 

Introducing Author Rowan Thalia

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Dragon Soul Press proudly announces author Rowan Thalia has joined the ranks. The first book of her Paranormal Reverse Harem trilogy named Keepers of the Talisman will be published in February 2019.

We present a brief introduction interview with the author and request you follow her at the following for updates: Website, Facebook, Reader group.

 

Introduce yourself and what you write.

Hi, my name is Rowan Thalia. I am a teacher and a mother of two small humans. My first series is a Paranormal Reverse Harem romance. I have also written a myriad of poems that I sometimes share on my Facebook page.

What is your writing kryptonite?

My writing kryptonite would probably be time. Being a teacher and a mom, I find I really have to schedule my time well in order to leave room for myself and writing. It is easy to get caught up doing “all of the things” for everyone else and forget about myself.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Writing characters from the opposite sex can be fun, but the first time I wrote a steamy scene from the male POV, I was very nervous! I made a few of my guy friends read it and give me their feedback. The responses I got from them helped me build my confidence. I find the more I write from that perspective, the more fun I have writing. Writing is about pushing your limits and writing from another viewpoint definitely does the job!

How do you select the names of your characters?

Fun fact: my main character’s name is a hybrid of my and my best friend’s middle names (Raye and Shane = Rayne). For my harem, first I thought about who they were and where they were from, then researched names based on their heritage.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Not intentionally. But I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the small, yet important details feel that way.

Now that you have asked me this question, my answer may change for books 2 and 3!

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

One thing I would give up to become a better writer would have to be, oh gosh, coffee? I don’t really have a lot of things that I could give up!

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

For research, I use a lot of encyclopedia and other historical websites. For the beginning of this series, I also bought a few books on magic and wicca just to get a frame of reference. I read around five books before starting and have continued to research here and there when the need arises.

Pantser or plotter? Explain.

Why choose? Just kidding. I am a hybrid. I work with a series outline. Then for each book, I wrote a simple chapter by chapter outline that had sections for beginning, middle and end. However, I must admit that book two strayed off the plan for a few chapters before I was able to realign. One of the characters decided to cause some shenanigans, so when I am actually writing the content, I sometimes become a pantser.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

As a writer, I would choose a white tiger. Like a tiger, the writer in me has raw emotions that are waiting to be translated. My writing is often unpredictable (when my characters decide to take over my plotline). My storytelling can also be sleek and powerful, like a tiger stalking its prey. Rawr!