Drako

Biography

Drako was born in 1987 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is mainly a fantasy writer, though he also writes some poetry and general fiction. He is very active on both twitter and facebook and has his own website at www.drakosden.com which is frequently updated with news on his books and fun extras. When he isn';t writing, he's busy helping take care of his nieces and sons, playing videogames, reading, promoting, and spending time with family. He also just recently started a podcast at https://anchor.fm/drako5 which goes to several other platforms, including spotify, google podcasts, and apple

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Books

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Smashwords book reviews by Drako

  • Seeking Veritas on April 15, 2014

    I just so happened to come across this book and it had an interesting enough premise to take a few minutes to read. It's a very interesting story. Dorian and Osval live in a very religious and condescending society, reminiscent of certain big faiths taken to the extreme. Fire cleanses sins, apparently, through burning flesh. They elect to take the ultimate journey of purification, and from what I can tell, it's because of their sexual preference. I liked this story, but I felt like it could have been longer, a full length book. Perhaps just wishful thinking but I'd love to know what happens once the journey is done and they come out on the other side.
  • Doing BIG Things on May 24, 2014

    The premise of this book was interesting. Upon reading, I was hooked. I love the narration of the story, told from Loi's first person point of view. The way the story is written, I feel like she's a woman really sitting here tell me about her life. I even like the moving from past to present, as the story is told as Loi reminiscing. The story is wonderfully written with the main character not being a traditional type of woman. She's got some dark spots in her past, though she is not truly a bad person. This story was a joy to read with all its ups and downs and good ol' karma working its way around.
  • Lie Down With Dogs on May 26, 2014

    The author has done it again. Loi Cramer is back and drama just loves to follow her. From blackmailers who end up dead to their own stupidity to the return of her long lost sister, clearly Loi is meant to have an exciting life. This second book is every bit as well written and engaging as the first. Written from Loi's point of view, it's so interesting to read this and feel like it' s just a woman reflecting back on events in her life and gaining a little happiness in the end. For a woman in her sixties, she leads a life more exciting and dramatic than people in their twenties. I'd love to read the third installment in the series.
  • Just Too Easy on May 26, 2014

    I love this author's style of writing. Though I am a man and the protagonist is clearly a woman, she's dealing with something many of us have to at some point, infidelity. Karalee has been down this road before, but well over twenty years into the marriage gives her a different perspective. She wants to get even. She's not just going to sit back and take it, and I can admire and relate to such determination. The style of writing from this author is engaging. I love reading her work and I can always imagine it in the tone of voice of the protagonist. This story just draws me in and thankfully there is a happily ever after in the end.
  • fawn on July 04, 2015

    so glad i stumbled across this book, it was short, but beautiful. That's a dream story, finding someone in childhood that you connect with so much that twenty years later no one measures up. And it was realistic. Two different boys, coming to terms with who they are in their own way. I absolutely loved Rust because he is what many of us wish we'd always been, completely sure of himself and what he likes, not caring about the societal norms. Ancel touches my heart because he has such an uphill battle and even in such a short read, you just want these two to end up together. Beautifully written, almost feels like it's based on a true story.
  • Dipping His Pen in the Office Ink on July 06, 2015

    This wasn't a bad story, just way too short for all that it tried to do. I get the concept of mates and destiny, but it was too easy. The S&M thing seemed a bit random as well. This would have been much better as more of a full length novel, or at least with more of them getting to know each other and with a less anticlimatic ending to a stalker who we still don't know much about other than that he's a psychopath
  • Unsettled Interlude - Hidden Wolves 1.15 on July 08, 2015

    Well i only stumbled across this becuase it was free. I'm a tad confused at some parts but it doesn't detract much from the story. I'll just need to find the first book to fill in the blanks. definitely a cute read, leaves me wanting to know more about how these two turn out
  • Almost But Not Quite on Aug. 02, 2015

    This was a cute short read. I kind of wish it had been longer and we'd seen a little more of Daniel's struggle, maybe some hesitation before he and Max ended up together. I would have liked more build up to the confrontation at the end of the book, but all things considered it was a nice story.
  • Cupid's Time on Oct. 05, 2015

    This is a short one, but I loved it. Had a few laugh worthy moments and it works as a short because the characters are so ancient, literally. They're keepers, representing all of the mythical beings we no longer believe in as adults. Cupid is apparently the youngest, and that's just amusing since he's 5,000 years old. His mate is none other than Father Time, or Thyme. Love and time together, it's great. I actually can't wait to read the next part of this series. If the humor mixed in with the emotion in this one is any indication, it's bound to be great
  • Born under a Blue Moon on Oct. 05, 2015

    This one is a bit different. This is clearly a very different society, an older one. In a contrast, Ay'len is definitely a boy, but one so beautiful and born in such a time that he is considered sacred. He is blessed by the gods, or cursed as he cannot do what other boys do. He cannot hunt, he even dresses as a girl. His heart clearly always belongs to Ma'ki ad Ma'ki's to him, though society doesn't allow it. Not necessarily out of outright homophobia, but because they are told Ay'len belongs to everyone and must remain pure. However, a rather cruel hunter decides to capitalize when Ay'len's father dies and to save a life, Ay'len must agree to marry the man. Ma'ki won't stand for it, but even that is not the end. Happily ever after isn't easily attainable, and there's plenty of twists and heartache for the two before they come to the end. I rather love this book because it is so different.
  • Scar (Indelible #1) on Oct. 11, 2015

    This was definitely an interesting book. Gabe has just gotten out of jail. He's from a higher place in society and chooses to move into a lower district. ​​Russ is from the lower district, and like many in the district is held down and oppressed, forced to do things he despises just to get by. Gabe is quiet and reserved. Russ is outgoing, outspoken, and not used to being resisted. It's fun to watch him wear Gabe down, and then we see Gabe is just a protector who feels that he failed and doesn't want to fail again. But try as he might, he can't avoid Russ. Russ can take care of himself but at the same time, it's clearly nice to have someone actually look at and take care of him. Their road isn't easy, there are some misunderstandings, and Russ has to deal with a personal tragedy, but it comes together well in the end. The two are actually a cute and hilarious couple together so I rather love them.
  • Hot Off the Press (Ridgemont University Book 1) on Feb. 09, 2017

    Ok, so I had to wait a day after reading this to write my review. It's not that the story wasn't good. It definitely was. It's just that Simon was so frustrating. I can't relate to him personally because his level of insecurity is far beyond anything I've dealt with. Despite this, I kept reading because I wanted him to eventually grow a pair and take what was in front of him. Ian isn't sterling either, but at least he's willing to go for what he wants. I actually feel sorry for him because it's evident early on that he's attracted to Simon, but Simon is just so insecure and sheltered that he refuses to see the signs, and even when Ian reaches out, he shuts him down repeatedly. Despite Simon's glaring personality flaws, the story itself was interesting and kept me reading to make it through to the end
  • The Curl on May 23, 2017

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this one when I started it. There was a lot of surprise in it for me. Tom is interesting, he's highly intelligent and charismatic. It's evident very early on that he has issues at home, and he's taking medication which at first just seem to be for migraines. We find out later it's much worse than that. The surprises come when we find out the outcasts are outcast essentially because they're gay, the class president apparently became a douche for a while, the guy that seems like a jerk among the outcasts is just super protective, the flamboyant kid in the girls clothes has way more issues at home than meets the eye, and the last of the outcasts is just highly intelligent and unlike some of the others, has a stable life at home. I didn't expect some of the revelations in this book, especially with Tom, but I'm glad there was a happy ending at least.