Interview with Drako

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in St. Louis Missouri. I've lived in several places in St. Louis and it is my favorite setting for my writing. I'm very familiar with it and I can drive around town picturing scenes for a book.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in fifth grade with a short story we were assigned to do. I discovered that it was fun and I never stopped writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Heir of Mjolnir is the fourth book in a series. I wanted to introduce another paranormal/fantasy favorite, a witch, but unlike my second book, I wanted him to be a human witch, not a child of Hecate. This book is the downfall of Lucifer, the god who has blasphemed Hecate's name and that of her followers for centuries. Lucifer is in the world of man and Hecate wants him out. Enter Vax King, her chosen to inherit a magical weapon and cast Lucifer out of the mortal world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been publishing my work on Writer's Cafe for a while and I discovered an ad on the right side of my screen. I looked into it and published there first, then found KDP, Pub it, and finally Smashwords. I like being able to publish at my own pace and not having someone telling me how my story should work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've only been on Smashwords for this year. I've had some decent success but most of my sales do seem to occur on Amazon. I like that Smashwords has such a wide network to distribute to and that it doesn't charge for it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is knowing that others enjoy my work. I love following my reviews and I get excited whenever I get a new one.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are pretty much everything. Fans are buying the books, writing reviews, and hounding me for the next book, which is the most awesome thing you can do for me. I love when someone gets emotional about the characters. I have very vocal fans and I welcome it
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are pretty much everything. Fans are buying the books, writing reviews, and hounding me for the next book, which is the most awesome thing you can do for me. I love when someone gets emotional about the characters. I have very vocal fans and I welcome it
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice and Sherrilyn Kenyon
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
work, writing, the fact that I'm still breathing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, playing video games, taking care of my niece, hanging with friends
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm followed by a lot of authors. I take requests on my blog. I get some sent to my email. Plenty of sources
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in fifth grade called the Woman who Loved and Lost. Horrible story, because I wasn't old enough to really do it justice
What is your writing process?
I get the idea, when the characters get too loud in my head, I sit and write. Very simple. I don't do outlines or anything like that
How do you approach cover design?
Now that I do my covers myself, I have a collection of images I purchased to use for future covers. Each of these images looks like a character I've already created or one I can create. I use one program to edit the images if I have to and then the cover program from createspace since I normally do a printed version of each book
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice-This is my all time favorite. It was such an interesting and thought provoking idea of God and the devil that seemed all too real to me. It really made me think about the concept and even years after reading it the first time, I still reread and think about it.

The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice-common theme here, because she is my favorite author. Armand's story was far more interesting than I might have thought. After reading through the series I definitely wanted to know more about the vampire who looks like a young boy, a teenager actually.

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon-second favorite author, and this was my favorite character. Pretty much all powerful, I really wanted him to get his happily ever after. I knew he'd gone through a lot but this story showed how much he'd actually gone through and why he was stuck in the situation he was in.

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon-so i hated Styxx, the twin brother of Acheron, as I was supposed to. He was made out to be an asshole of epic proportions. But once this book came out it told so much more, explaining Acheron and Styxx's original relationship, how it changed, why it changed, and how special Styxx himself really was.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice: the start of it all for the vampire chronicles. I actually still like Louis more than Lestat, despite lestat being the "hero" of the series in all the rest of the books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lately anything under the LGBT romance banner. Haven't been as into hetero romances
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, though I have a regular tablet to access the Nook app. Kindle battery is clearly better though
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
When I am able to do them, blog tours have been the most effective in getting my books out there. I like doing giveaways randomly but I don't find that they help as much
Describe your desk
I don't write at my desk normally. I normally write on my couch or in my bed
What are you working on next?
My next book is the Dragon's Secrets, book 7 of the Dragon Hunters series. I also have the second book of the Coven series in the works but it isn't titled yet and a new series that'll be a young adult adventure
Published 2017-02-09.
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Books by This Author

Bewitched Souls (The Coven #1)
Series: The Coven. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,280. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00)
The Coven is a special group of witches given charge of the manor on Genum Island, and Talis is considered the head and strongest of it. Joined by his sister, Teryn, and her husband, Cian, they protect their magic based home from the forces of darkness who seek the mysterious power of their home. It's all routine, until Talis' old crush shows up
Blood Monarch (The Dragon Hunters #6)
Series: The Dragon Hunters, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,650. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00)
A king's duty never ends, even when his kingdom changes. Vladimir Dracula is one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in all of history. One thing is true, he is a king, and he is a vampire. And he has a mate. Vax King is the Chosen of Hecate and has no plans on a mate. But he has one, and times are changing. He must adjust and prepare for battle once again, and learn to love his mate.
Relinquished Mercy (The Dragon Hunters #5)
Series: The Dragon Hunters, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,760. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
(5.00)
The heavenly war is coming to a head. The gods are ready. All that remains is the final clash between the most dominate forces of nature in existence. Brandon and Demun struggle to come to terms with their past and unite with their soul mates. As always, a new threat lies hidden in wait, attempting to create a monster out of god that will change the world for the worst.
Heir of Mjölnir (The Dragon Hunters #4)
Series: The Dragon Hunters, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,930. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00)
The servants of Hecate have been subject to persecution for many years. They have been misunderstood, accused of worshipping the devil. And Hecate has had enough. The Devil, Lucifer, has finally invaded the human world and his true servants, warlocks, are growing bold. Lucifer’s influence has spread throughout the world and nothing is the same as it was before he came.
Fatal Healing (The Dragon Hunters #3)
Series: The Dragon Hunters, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,020. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
(4.00)
Odele, the goddess of Healing, has returned to Olympus, once again the direct servant to Hera, queen of the gods.Apollo has waited ages for Odele's return to Olympus to heal the heart he'd broken ages before. The process of healing won't be easy, and Odele's heart is not the only heart to be healed.
The Dragon Witch (The Dragon Hunters #2)
Series: The Dragon Hunters, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,900. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
(4.33)
Victoria Damone is the daughter of the Black Dragon God, Jarel, and the goddess of magic and witchcraft, Hecate. Ares, the god of war, is often misunderstood. the son of Zeus and Hera has spent most of his time defending Olympus from any and every threat. Now the two meet and must combine forces.
The Lost Dragon (The Dragon Hunters #1)
Series: The Dragon Hunters, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,260. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.38)
Andreas was born a Spartan warrior, long before human history even records Sparta existing. He now serves under Jarel, the primordial Black Dragon god, embodiment of black fire and father of all things paranormal. He is the most feared of hunters, and must hunt the deadliest of prey, Kalos, rogue vampire and mass murderer. But in the end he will choose between his soul and the fate of the world.