I have been enjoying all the interviews I have done with authors lately. I want to thank Emma Dean for taking the time to answer a couple questions. Check out the interview.
Princess of Draga
(Draga Court, #1)
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
In the first book of the Draga Court series, Princess Adelina’s coming-of-age party will declare to the worlds she is finally eligible to wed. All she wants is to serve her people and the crown with honor, but when a dangerously attractive prince from another galaxy – one who they all thought was dead – arrives with warnings of monstrosities and war, will her feelings put her in a position where she has to choose between her people and love?
The Draga Court series is a beautiful combination of fantasy and space opera set in a faraway future where humans have altered their genetics to save their species from their destructive natures. Dominance and rank weave a complicated dance among the galaxy’s society where a true submissive has to find her place, and learn the true meaning of power and love.
💻 Interview 💻
S: How long do you spend researching before beginning writing?
E: Usually I spend most of my time outlining and world building for something like the Draga Universe. I don’t have to do too much research, but I also have a series bible I’ve built that I add too. I tend to do more research for my paranormal and shifter romance since I have to research the city and businesses and jobs etc.
S: Has you writing process changed since publishing your first book?
E: Yes. I’d say drastically. I have a plot editor, and a proofreader now. I write the outline first and then write the book, sending 5 chapters to my editor at a time. It’s really helped me keep things consistent. I think it’s much better than my first book which will not be named here.
S:How long on average does it take you to write a book?
E: It depends on the length of the book Draga Court books tend to be 80-90,000 words although Heir of Draga had a lot to address so it was 101,000 words. I average about 2000 words a day minimum. At that rate I can complete a Draga book in 6 weeks.
S: What did you edit out of Princess of Draga?
E: I edited out the Coming of Age party because it just didn’t fit into the first book. Not with the detail I wanted to give it. So I put it in the beginning of the second book, Crown of Draga.
S: Have you ever gotten readers block?
E: Actually yes, and recently. Draga Court is a very specific type of ‘feeling’ in my opinion. It’s inspired by The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, a little bit of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, a smidge of Sarah J Maas’s worlds, and a touch of Game of Thrones with a Jupiter Ascending thing going on. When I’m writing this series those are the books I usually want to read, or one like mine. There aren’t as many of them as I want, so I ended up re-reading and I think I’m going to start the Dragonriders of Pern series over again.
Emma Dean lives and works in California with her husband and son. She loves romance but needed something different so Draga Court was born. With too many stories to write the schedule has been filled through 2018.
When she’s not writing she’s reading, or spending time with her family.
With publishing now at least she has an excuse for not folding the laundry 😉