Today we have with us urban fantasy author Jocelynn Drake. Jocelynn, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. You've just had to back-to-back releases of Pray for Dawn on June 29th and Wait for Dusk on July 27th. Can you tell us a little bit about the Dark Days series?
The Dark Days series follows the exploits of a vampire named Mira and a vampire hunter named Danaus as they are forced to work together to stop a dark race from destroying mankind. Mira is special among her people as she is able to create and manipulate fire. Meanwhile, Danaus isn’t without his own secrets, as the seemingly ageless hunter has the ability to boil a creature’s blood while inside of his skin.
The journey from writing a book to getting it published is a long one. What has been your favorite part?
The journey from writing a book to getting published is fraught with rejection, heartache, and lots of revisions. Along the way, you learn a lot about the industry, writing, and yourself. Overall, though, I would have to say that my favorite part was actually holding my book in my hands for the first time. To see the finished product and know that others will one day be reading it is an amazing feeling. It’s as if it finally hits home that it is real and that you are finally a published author.
If we were to sneak a peek at your bookshelves, what kinds of books would we find?
At the moment, my selection of books is fairly narrow. Due to some restless moving over the past few years, I’ve been forced to cut back on my books. At the moment, the majority of books that I own are in the urban fantasy genre with names such as Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, Simon Green, Vicki Pettersson, and Rachel Vincent. I also own nearly every book that Raymond Feist has written, as he is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I also have a nice selection of the classics, with some of my favorite being Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Dracula. And not to be forgotten, I do have a couple shelves of romance, with most being either paranormal romance or historical romance.
Where do you think your biggest source of inspiration for writing has come from?
I think most of my inspiration comes from just watching people around me. I try to soak in the people I meet, the events that happen on the news, and just general life around me. I think there are a wealth of ideas that spring to life from the mundane if we only pause long enough to wonder “what if?”
How many books are you currently contracted to write for Eos?
I am currently contracted to write six books for Eos. The sixth book is slated for release sometime next year and will be titled Burn the Night.
Do you have any plans to continue writing in the Dark Days series?
I am currently in negotiation with my publisher to write more books for Eos, whether they be for the Dark Days series or another new series.
Jocelynn, we'd like to thank you again for taking the time to talk to us today. Annette and I both wish you success in your new releases.
And now for the good news: Jocelynn has agreed to give away signed copies of both Pray for Dawn and Wait for Dusk to one lucky person. All you need to do is leave a comment and you're in the running. Good luck!
Dark Days series