Author Interview with Toni Mobley

Dragon Soul Press interviewed Toni Mobley, an author featured in History, Age of Artifice, and Haunt.


1. Who is your favorite author and why?

It’s hard to pick just one! My all-time favorite author is a tie between Sara Douglass and Garth Nix! When I lived in Australia, they were the inspiration for wanting to improve my craft and I have always looked up to them. Sara Douglass created these fantastical worlds with rich history and made it seem so effortless, while Garth Nix perfected memorable characters that have stuck with me even years after reading his books.

2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I wrote my first book at 11 about all my classmates and I on a deserted island, and it was after that I called myself a writer. But it wasn’t until my first short story was published that I called myself an author.

3. What comes first, the plot or characters?

For me, I usually come up with a plot or a location and then work characters into it. I’ll be inspired by beautiful locations around the world or something I saw in a video game and think, that’s amazing, I want something just like that!

4. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

Before I even start writing a book or short story, I’ll create a list of the most important aspects of the book, including several titles. It isn’t until I’ve finished writing that I sit down and choose the title that most suits the story.

5. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Sticking with my outline! As I’m writing sometimes my characters will change or I’ll decide a location no longer suits the tone of the story and I’ll have to go back and nitpick everything. Or, more often than not, I’ll be halfway through writing a story and inspiration will strike and I’ll want to completely rewrite what I’ve written.

6. On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I can spend hours and hours writing, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. But I’m not just writing, often times I’m researching, and I’m sure many people are familiar with researching something innocent like the History of London, England and three hours later they’re learning about particle acceleration.

7. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Although it’s rare to find me not writing, I enjoy spending my free time reading or playing video games. I am a sucker for nature and enjoy going for a drive to the beach or mountains. But I’m just as happy at home watching TV or testing out new recipes I found online.

8. What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

My favorite parts are the people I meet along the way who are just like me, and at the very end being able to hold something in your hands with your name on it and thinking, ‘Wow, this is surreal!’ The least favorite part is the waiting! The publishing industry is notoriously slow with hundreds of moving parts and requires a tremendous amount of patience.

9. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

The first thing (or eight) that you create won’t be perfect. I’ve written a dozen novels, but it was my third book that got me a publisher. Like any form of art, it requires dedication. It’s a craft that you must continuously work on to improve yourself at. Even prolific authors like Stephen King and Nora Roberts are still learning. Read a lot, write a lot, no matter if it’s an article on particle acceleration, or a short poem. Anything and everything helps you to do better!

10. Where can readers learn more about you?

Readers can find me on Twitter or my website.

Upcoming Submission Calls for 2022

Listed below are some of the upcoming Dragon Soul Press anthology deadlines.
Visit DSP Anthology Calls for more titles and submission instructions.


Everlast (Rated R)

Deadline – January 31st, 2022

Publication – March 2022

Word Count – 5,000 to 15,000

Theme – Romance can be difficult on its own, even before adding the complications of time travel to the equation. These couples find themselves from separate timelines in history, but cross paths due to unforeseen circumstances.


Surge (Rated R)

Deadline – February 28th, 2022

Publication – April 2022

Word Count – 5,000 to 15,000

Theme – Cyberpunk. These characters are trying to survive in a dystopia of advanced technologies. Living alongside Artificial Intelligence has its perks, but also many deadly downfalls.


Beyond Atlantis (Rated R)

Deadline – February 28th, 2022

Publication – May 2022

Word Count – 5,000 to 15,000

Theme – Unique retellings of Atlantis-like civilizations. Preferably with mermaids, selkies, krakens, or other mythological sea creatures included.


Chance on Love (Rated R)

Deadline – March 31st, 2022

Publication – June 2022

Word Count – 5,000 to 15,000

Theme – Everyone deserves a chance at love. Whether it lasts forever or ends up being temporary, these characters will fight for the chance at happily ever after.


Valor (Rated R)

Deadline – March 31st, 2022

Publication – July 2022

Word Count – 5,000 to 15,000

Theme – All stories featuring East Asian warriors are welcome.


Organic Ink: Volume 5 (Not Rated)

Deadline – April 30th, 2022

Publication – June 2022

Word Count – 1,000 word count minimum (not line count)

Theme – All poetry pieces are welcome. There is no theme.

NOTE: Minimum word count does not mean one poem of 1,000 words. It is all of the poetry/haiku submissions with word counts combined to equal 1,000 words or more.


Age of Artifice (Rated R)

Deadline – April 30th, 2022

Publication – August 2022

Word Count – 1,000-15,000

Theme – All stories featuring steampunk (including similar subgenres) are welcome.


Haunt (Rated R)

Deadline – May 31st, 2022

Publication – September 2022

Word Count – 1,000-15,000

Theme – In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.


Beautiful Darkness: Volume 1 (Rated R)

Deadline – June 30th, 2022

Publication – October 2022

Word Count – 5,000-15,000

Theme – In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level.

Note: This series replaces All Dark Places.


Life At Its Best (Rated R)

Deadline – July 30th, 2022

Publication – November 2022

Word Count – 5,000-15,000

Theme – These women are navigating through the ups and downs of life whether it be relationships, children, health, etc.

Note: This is Women’s Contemporary ‘Realistic’ Fiction only.


Magick & Mistletoe (Rated R)

Deadline – August 31st, 2022

Publication – December 2022

Word Count – 500-15,000

Theme – All Christmas stories. As long as Christmas is involved, the story qualifies. All genres. Happily Ever After not required.

Note: This will be an ebook only anthology. No paperback will be published.


Reign of Fire (Rated R)

Deadline – September 30th, 2022

Publication – January 2023

Word Count – 5,000-15,000

Theme – All dragon stories. As long as dragons are involved, the story qualifies. All genres.


Union (Rated R)

Deadline – October 31st, 2022

Publication – February 2023

Word Count – 5,000-15,000

Theme – All science fiction romance stories. Outer space and aliens are accepted. All heat levels are accepted.


Carried Away (Rated R)

Deadline – November 30th, 2022

Publication – March 2023

Word Count – 5,000-15,000

Theme – All romantic comedy stories are welcome. Does not have to be Happily Ever After. All heat levels are accepted.


Carried Away (Rated R)

Deadline – December 31st, 2022

Publication – April 2023

Word Count – 5,000-15,000

Theme – All LGBTQ+ stories are welcome. All fantasy genres are accepted.