Thursday, July 31, 2014

An Interview with Dan Wright, author of Final Ragnarok: She Returns

1. Please explain how you came to be a writer, what inspired you to write your book(s) and how long it took.

The Draconica series, which is my Fantasy/Manga series, came about because I always enjoyed reading about Medieval Fantasy and Greek Mythology. This helped me craft the world of Draconica as it is now. When I got into Anime/Manga, that also helped my writing style, as I tended to write with a more tongue and cheek feel.

My first book took me about five years to write, on and off. The other books took significantly less than that – one an off about two years per book or so. I try to fit in my writing around my real life commitments, where I can.

2. What did you enjoy most about creating this book?

It’s the first part of a two parter – and it’s my most epic story so far. I really went all out with this one, seeing how far I could push myself. I’m particularly proud of the big battles that are to come later in the series, but also the huge twist at the end of this one. I think my readers won’t believe how this turns out – in a good way of course! 

3. Some writers embed parts of their lives into their work(s). What aspects of who you are appear in your work? If not, why didn’t you?

Hmmm. I try not to put too much of myself in my characters. If you do that your characters risk becoming “wish fulfillment fantasies” and this tends to turn off a lot of readers in my experience. That’s not to say my characters don’t reflect my views and beliefs, but I try to keep myself out of the character personalities where I can. 

4. Why did you want to be a published author?

Simply, because I wanted to tell a story. And maybe make money doing it, but that’s not my main reason. I have a job that helps me pay the bills so anything I make from this is just a nice little bonus. 

5. In the process of writing, did you find you deviated from your original plan? If so, how severely? If not, what about your plan kept you focused?

Absolutely. Nothing I ever write is EXACTLY how I imagined it. I often finding myself changing things – whether it’s to fix something that doesn’t work in context of the story or just to try out a new idea. My first book, Trapped on Draconica, for instance went through about a million changes before that was published. My problem is that I’m always changing my mind and that often means my work gets torn apart as I try to write it. Guess that’s just the joys of editing! 

6. Some writers plot out a great deal of their work while others write “by the seat of their pants.” Would you say you’re more of a plotter or a pantser? 

Plotter most definitely. I always plan for months on end before sitting down to write it on computer. I prefer to know what I do before I sit down to write. It’s just the way I do things. 

7. What message, if any, does your book have, and what is that message so important to you? 

A common theme in my books is friendship, love and family, which are things that I hold close my heart. Redemption is also a huge part of my work as I like to think that everyone deserves a second chance in life. For this book, the main theme I would say is “Light in Darkness”, because sometimes, to appreciate the light in our lives, we have to crawl through darkness to get to it.
8. If you could co-author a book with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why? What kind of book would you write with this person? 

Andrez Bergen is an author that I would love to write with. He writes some of the most original sci-fi I’ve ever read. If it were a dead author, I’d pick Douglas Adams. Hands down, he’s my favourite author and I’d love to have been able to work with him on something.
9. A new author approaches you for advice. What three things would be at the top of your list?
  • Don’t follow trends. Write a story that you want to tell, not what’s popular.
  • Don’t get discouraged. Contrary to popular belief, writing is not always easy, and you will get knocked down a few times. But just remember what they said in Batman Begins... “Why do we fall? So that we learn to stand up again.”
  • Some authors will say that you need to read a lot to be a writer, and I don’t necessarily agree with this. Yes, you need to read to know how to write, but you don’t have to be a bookworm. All you need to do is have a basic grasp of grammar and an imagination.
Also, as an extra bonus, I’d say find someone to proofread your work. This is of utmost importance and it’s always better to have a fresh pair of eyes look over your work. 

10. When you talk with fans of your work, what types of things do they ask you about? 

Funnily enough, at the moment, the thing I mostly get from new readers is why my character Zarracka is a lot like Elsa from Frozen. People seem to think that Zarracka is a copy of Elsa as she’s a princess and has ice powers. Then I tell them that Zarracka came first! I even created my own meme over it, just to put this to an end!

The upshot of this is that it seems to have attracted a lot of people to my work. Zarracka seems to be my most popular character – which is kinda funny as she is really the villain. I guess villainous characters are always the popular ones.

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: TBC

When Daniar Dragonkin heard those words, she had no idea of the full horror that would follow. Now, enemies converge to bring to life a monstrous plan that has been set in motion since long before the events of Trapped on Draconica. A plot to bring Her back from darkness.

With her family threatened, her old enemies back to torment her - and a civil war in Baalaria preventing any help from her sister, Daniar faces the darkness moment of her entire life. Her sanity will be pushed to the limit as she faces evil in it's purest form. Heroes will die. Villains will rise. And She will return - bringing with it the end to all of

She Returns is the first book in the Final Ragnarok saga - and the conclusion of a trap that has been building for years. Everything you'd read about Draconica so far has been leading up to this moment. This is where it all changes - and where Draconica's ultimate fate (and of it's people) will be decided.

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