By now you all know I’m participating this year in the Blogger Book Fair. Through this venue, I’ve met four outstanding new-to-me authors whose works have impressed me tremendously. One such author is Drako Damone.
Drako is, like myself, a self-published author. His first series is entitled the Dragon Hunters. The books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Createspace. He writes mostly fantasy/paranormal fiction and romance, though he’s also known to dabble in other genres like poetry and one experimental novel in the gay category.
As a writer, Drako reads heavily in the same genre he writes in. As an author, he understands how important reviews are, so Drako reviews everything he reads, and posts his reviews on his Blog. He also posts them on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. If you want him to review your work, just check out the page on book reviews to contact him. Same for guest posting and blog tours.
For the Blogger Book Fair, Drako opted to be interviewed, so the following are my questions of him and his very illuminating answers:
L.V.: Drako, How long have you been writing, and when did you know that you wanted to become a writer?
Drako: I have been writing since the fifth grade. I was given a short story assignment and I decided to keep writing. It was a short story, which I currently think was quite horrible but it was a start. I have dreamed of becoming a writer since that first story.
L.V.: Who’s your favorite author, and why?
Drako: Anne Rice is my favorite of all time. I fell in love with the vampire Lestat. Her vampire chronicles were so interesting, different than other vampire stories. Lestat was such a wonderfully complex character that makes so many mistakes. I also read her Mayfair witches chronicles and several of her stand-alone novels. She comes up with such unique characters and always does her research on the time period she writes. Plus, she’s very interactive with fans and discusses anything of interest on her fan page. She’s an amazing person.
L.V.: Tell us about your current book.
Drako: I just released Heir of Mjolnir, the fourth book in my Dragon Hunters series. It features Vax, a mortal born witch whose patron goddess is Hecate. Lucifer has entered the world and deluded most of mankind into believing he’s the one true god of light, but Vax is among the few to see the truth. He beseeches Hecate for help and she gives him a task, to earn Mjolnir, the legendary weapon of the now deceased god Thor, and use it to cast Lucifer out of the realm.
L.V.: If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your current novel, which one would it be and why?
Drako: I’d choose Phil, a werewolf and a main character in the series, because he is the most frustrating character to write. I want to choke him most times, because he’s so much more complex than I intended originally. I’ve been fighting with his insecurities for four books straight. I would love to talk to him (and by talk I mean yell and shake him) so that he understands that his love interest truly loves and wants him.
Drako: This one is hard to answer. My ideas just come to me randomly really. Inspiration hits just as random and I start writing. The characters take on a life of their own in my head and tell me how to tell their story.
L.V.: What is the best thing for you about being a writer?
Drako: I love interacting with fans, answering questions, and the rage I get sometimes as they wait on the next book. I like seeing people become invested in the characters and pick their favorites. Everyone has a different favorite.
L.V.: If we asked your closest friends to describe who you were, what do you think they would say?
Drako: They’d probably tell you I’m a bit of an asshole, to be honest. But they’d have to mention my loyalty, my drive, my independence, and my willingness to work towards my goals. I’m not just an author, I’m a college student, I’m an uncle and father figure to several nieces, a friend, a counselor who often gives out tough love, a provider, and an all-around different kind of guy.
L.V.: How did you find your agent/publisher? If you’re self-published why did you decide to go that route?
Drako: I elected to go the self-publishing route because I just really didn’t like the idea of hunting down an agent or publisher that would take my books on. Because my series delves into several genre, it was a bit of a headache to find anyone that takes all of them. I like having control over my books and I know some self-published authors get book deals with mainstream publishers if their book does well enough.
L.V.: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given or given to someone else?
Drako: Always have someone else edit your work.
L.V.: What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made as an author?
Drako: For my second novel, the Dragon Witch, I missed several typos when I first put the book out. This is because no one else edited my work. I had to resubmit the book a few months ago with corrections made. I learned the hard way, at least one other person should edit my work because I will see what I intended to write, not what I actually wrote.
L.V.: What’s next on the agenda for you?
Drako: Book 5 is well under way. It’s called the Three Fates. I have another series called Journeys that I’m working on the first book for, and I have a joint project with my brother to begin writing on. I’m also helping a coworker publish her work as soon as she finishes writing it.