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!

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.