Deborah’s Dragonfire series has 6 available books and a digital novella, and two more coming in 2012. The series kicked off in 2008 with “Kiss of Fire”, followed by “Kiss of Fury”, “Kiss of Fate”, “Winter Kiss”, “Harmonia’s Kiss” (the digital novella), “Whisper Kiss” and just this May, “Darkfire Kiss”. The 7th book, “Flashfire”, is due out 1/3/2012 followed by #8 (still without a title) in October 2012.
There is also a spin-off YA series called The Dragon Diaries, with “Flying Blind” out now, “Winging It” due out 12/6/2011 and “Blazing the Trail”, coming in June 2012.
If you love magic, dragons, thrilling plotlines, and scorching romance, then the Dragonfire series is definitely for you! And if you love Dragonfire, then you have to check out The Dragon Diaries.
Since Deborah has graciously taken time out of her busy schedule to do an Interview with us, let’s get to it, shall we!?
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We usually start out our interviews learning a bit more about our Guest Author.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out on the Internet?
Deborah: Do any of us really have any secrets anymore?! Let’s see – here, at least, are three things that are less well known:
1/ I’d love to write a play. I think it would be amazing to see actors on stage bringing one of my stories to life. I love to write dialogue, and always write emotional intensity, so those are two big steps in the right direction. I know nothing about the formal structure of plays, so there’s work yet to be done, too.
2/ On a similar note, I’d love to see one of my books made into a movie. Not just to see the final product, but I’m really interested in the process of making movies. I’d probably drive everyone crazy on the set with my questions! I suspect that this is because writing is a fairly solitary creative expression, and I’m intrigued by the notion of so many people working together to create something.
3/ If I had a secret life, I’d be a pastry chef. I don’t have an enormous sweet tooth but I like baking and making pastry and creating something visually appealing. I’m sure I’d love going to chef’s classes, learning to make roses of icing and lacy swirls of caramel.
Q2): We know you like to go hunting for vintage patterns in your spare time. Can you tell us a little bit more about this hobby?
Q3): What is your favorite personal quality?
Deborah: Mine? I’m curious. I think that takes me on a lot of adventures.
Q4): What do you feel is the most important quality or personality trait for a hero or heroine to have and why?
Q6): What are you currently reading for pleasure?
Deborah: Not much! It’s been a crazy busy couple of months. I have a huge TBR pile and am hoping to dig into it in the fall. There’s a lot of YA in there, some romance, some mystery, some fantasy, some literary fiction, some books by friends – yikes, but it’s a big pile! I graze all over the bookstore, so my reading habits are pretty eclectic.
Q7): Have you ever hated something that you wrote?
Deborah: I think that all writers have hard time seeing their work objectively. It’s because we have so much emotional investment in the work – and when writing romance, we’re even closer to our characters and even more emotionally invested. At this point in time – I’ve been writing for a while – I know when something isn’t quite right yet. Usually that means I’ve approached the scene from the wrong angle, or pushed the character where he or she didn’t want to go. If I leave it a day or two, the better answer will come to me, then I’ll either edit or rewrite the scene. I do know when the entire book feels right to me – then my editor goes to work, making suggestions and asking questions! By the time we’re both done with the book, it’s been buffed to a sparkle. I like the editorial process because of that – there’s always a detail I overlook or forget, so the eagle-eye of my editor is awesome.
Q8): We would love to hear a little bit more about the inspiration behind the Dragonfire series and how it came to be.
Q9): Do you have a favorite Pyr? Why do you think they’re your favorite?
Deborah: LOL. My favourite Pyr is always the one whose story I’m in the midst of writing. I really do fall for each of them in turn. Lorenzo (FLASHFIRE) has made my heart go pitapat this year. It was time for a bad boy Pyr and he has charm to spare. I love how smooth he is – and how much Cassie throws his game. I’m also quite taken with Jared – who isn’t Pyr – in The Dragon Diaries. Dragonfire readers might remember meeting him as a small boy in KISS OF FURY. (There’s a trivia question.)
It’s interesting to see how readers respond to the different dragon shifter guys. Rafferty was a favourite from the outset – maybe because he was the idealist who believed in romantic love. Lots of people didn’t warm up to Niall until they read his story in WHISPER KISS – or maybe until Rox got done with him! I hear all the time from people who want Thorolf’s story and Sloane’s story, but I’m kind of curious about Drake and Marcus, too. (Maybe because I’m not sure I know their stories…yet!)
Q10): What scenes seem to be the hardest to write (action, love, etc)? Why do you think that is?
The final astonishing thing is the sudden explosion of digital publishing and the popularity of digital books. This has become a market force so quickly. The great thing about it is that there are all these interfaces that make it easy for authors to self-publish work. I’ve been digitally re-releasing a lot of my Claire Delacroix backlist this year. It’s really fun to have control of the cover process especially, and to manage all the details. Those books are available both on Amazon for Kindle (look in the Kindle store to see my new covers), at Smashwords, and also are being distributed by Smashwords to Barnes & Noble, Sony, Diesel and Apple.
Q16): Can you give us some more in depth details about the new YA spinoff series The Dragon Diaries and “Flying Blind”, the first book in the series?
Q18): This is one of our staple questions… What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
Deborah: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
Actually, my fave is butterscotch ripple. J
Q19): Is there anything special that you want to make sure to tell your readers while we have you with us today?
Deborah: Just thanks for being my readers! There’s nothing more wonderful than hearing from a reader that he or she has really enjoyed a book. In fact, that’s one of the wonderful things about the internet. People can leave comments on my blog or on my Facebook page. The contact is great.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Deborah, thank you so much again for joining us today! We’ve really enjoyed hosting this web Event for you and getting the word out about Dragonfire and The Dragon Diaries.
Deborah: Thank you so much for having me visit! And wow, what an interview! I’ll pop back in a couple of times later today to answer any additional questions anyone might have. Until then – and until next time – happy reading, everyone!
If you want to find out more about Deborah's DragonFire Series or her new YA series The Dragon Diaries you can follow her on the following websites:
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