#Q&A with Emma Dean author of Princess of Draga @xpressotours
Princess Of Draga by Emma Dean, Jillian Ashe
Series: Draga Court #1
Published by Jillian Ashe on October 2017
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi
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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.
I am lucky enough today to have the opportunity to do a Q&A with Emma Dean, the author of the Draga Court series. I do love doing these as you can get an insight into the author and how they tick! I don’t generally like to ask your typical questions – but there are a couple in there!!
1. When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
A little bit of both. I have a character beginning and end just like a plot or story arc. I know I want them to learn certain things or overcome something, but I don’t always know how they’re going to do that or when, and sometimes certain things do crop up as a surprise.
2. What did you edit out of Princess of Draga? And will it appear in later in the series?
I edited out the Coming of Age party. It didn’t really have a place in the first book and I didn’t want to cut it short, or not give it the words it needed. I don’t like to rush things. So I put it in the beginning of the second book, Crown of Draga. It works nicely there I think.
3. How do you select the names of your characters?
Sometimes I look to see what certain names mean. Sometimes I choose a culture/language to base a culture and people off of and so I use that as a direction. Although I’ve noticed I tend to prefer certain letters.
4. What was the hardest chapter to finish and why?
I always have a really had time with the first 1-5 chapters because it can take some time to figure out where I’m going with a book. So the first chapter I think. Or the end of the very last one.
5. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Probably Veri or Varan. Varan because I imagine him as a mix of Charlie Hunnam and Hook from Once Upon a Time. What I would do with him is none of your business 😉 And with Veri, probably something stupid and dangerous just for the fun of it.
6. What is your writing Kryptonite?
Drama. There can be a lot in this business and I stay out of it, but it’s still rather draining to see it sweep over the internet. I also tend to get wiped with social interaction. My word counts suffer if I have to go out and be social.
7. Where is your favourite place to write?
Honestly, my bed. It’s the most comfortable and not painful on my back. Although I love a good, independent café with some good treats and a table high enough for my tall frame. Hopefully one day I’ll have a space big enough for an office with a nice office chair.
8. If you had to write yourself as a character in your book, would you be a heroine or villainous? What would you be like and what would you name yourself?
I imagine I’d be something in the middle. I have somewhat of a chaotic neutral personality. I’d probably be something akin to Captain Jack Sparrow. Arrr 😉
9. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer it?
I usually don’t dream of being interviewed, lol. I’m rather socially awkward so a nice compliment would be preferred.
10. What are you working on now?
Heir of Draga, the fourth book in the Draga Court series just released. I alternate this series with some shifter romances. But I’m starting Queen of Draga right now.
Well, that was a fun read! Loved the answers – thank you, Emma, for stopping by! And good luck with book four in the Draga Court series!
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About Emma Dean
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 😉