MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SOFIA DRAKE!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My Pen name is Sofia Drake and my Genre is Fantasy/Dark Fantasy but I have a series I am planning that is more Sci Fi than anything.J
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I had been working on a story about Dragons in a completely made up realm, involving a brutal feudal system. I seriously struggled with the idea and formation of it, I was incredibly close to just calling it quits when I started a new job in Baltimore, MD. Walking through the city every day, I began seeing dragons fighting along the skyline, massive battle scenes in the streets. From there Morrigan’s story, An Heir in Shadow, was born.
Morrigan is the first Fae/Dragon child born since the cursed war stole the fertility from both races, she’s been hiding among the mortal police force the Bureau of Preternatural Creatures. She is the rightful heir to both the Fae and Dragon courts, because of this she’s run her entire life from both. (This is not a spoiler) The Shattering Darkness Trilogy follows her story as she comes to terms with her destiny, and ultimately over comes the darkness permeating a world where Gods & Goddesses are real.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been an avid reader of Fantasy, I devour all books from that genre and have alarmed my husband with my Kindle book collection & Physical book collection. However, I write the ideas that come to me.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Tons of time researching Celtic mythology with lots of text into the matter, as well as Gaelic language research and forays into my home state to map out where the story will take place.
Can you tell me about your Series?
This trilogy will be the first in my Celestial Fire series, it will touch on the native mythology to several different countries, including Ireland, England, Morocco, & Eastern Europe, as well as a foray into Native American myth. I take the native mythology and twist it to fit the universe I am building. Most of the weapons and even the gods are true gods/goddesses of the legend. Morrigan’s story sets the stage for this world and the trilogy will include at least five short novellas, one of which came out this May (The Mother’s Flight) I will also be releasing some Sherlock Holmes-esque novellas that will be case files from Morrigan’s time with the Bureau of Preternatural Creatures.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I do, but it won’t be out until 2020! The Great Queen, Book Three of the Shattering Darkness Trilogy.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, there is too much story to tell to have it all in one book, and characters from many different trilogies have been yelling at me to write their story next.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
So because I work full time in the city coupled with the fact that my husband and I are expecting our first child in October, I have no set writing rituals. I write at work, at home, I write in book stores or in the car on my ipad. No daily writing goals either, but my end goal is to have one book and one novella released each year, with the exception of 2019 which will just have two novellas due to my son’s arrival. Any minute I am free I am writing or plotting!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do, Rise of the Queen Book Two of the Shattering Darkness Trilogy.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
It depends on the character honestly, but yes most character names are special and tie back to some form of mythology.
Where do your ideas come from?
My insane brain, but also from books I’ve read in the past, I don’t think any writer can completely keep other author’s work from influencing their own.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes, Sci Fi. I have a story that has been picking at me, about sociopaths being born more frequently, leading to a massive rise in Serial Killers. So very much like Dexter but government sponsored, these kids are raised to be Government assassins. They hunt down the rogues and report on potential serial killers.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting over the voice in my head telling me my writing is terrible!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have a book Trailer out already on youtube, I really like them! My next book trailer will be for Rise of the Queen and will involve my voice actress Grace Paunescu.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Just getting a book out in the world!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Having readers connect with me to say how much they like my characters, it makes me soar!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I’ve always loved reading and my imagination has always spiraled out into my own little tales.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Stick with it, you’re probably being harder on yourself than you need to be. Get the words on the page, even if they are terrible you can always fix it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I obsessively read reviews! I don’t respond directly to them, but I try not to let the bad ones get to me. Books are like music, unless the reviews are about the technical aspects of writing, everyone likes something different and not everyone will like my stories.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing is awful.
What are you working on now?
Two things, Rise of the Queen and the Audibles version of An Heir in Shadow, which I am working on with Grace Paunescu.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Not at the moment, but I will be giving some tid bits on Twitter (@TheSofiaDrake) and my website www.sofiadrake.com , later this year.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I chose it just because that was the story type demanding to come out at the time. Once I am satisfied with where this series is, I will write whatever comes next!
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom, she first got me interested with Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel Trilogy series!
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Anything by Anne Bishop, Sarah J. Maas, Laurell K. Hamilton and Nalini Singh!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I have three, Rosalind, Fiona & Isaac from An Heir in Shadow. The women are modeled after my two best friends who really helped me get over myself through this process. Isaac is my husband, who has been unbendingly supportive, and really incredible about helping me mold my ideas into reality. Plus I would have literally 0 online presence without him!!!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the day!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write the story as they come to me and hope the readers like it.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Carrie Whitethorne and Kel Carpenter. Carrie is an amazing sounding board and she’s been insanely supportive of me as a writer. Like unnecessarily so, she’s a fantastic author and just a great person.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Oh shit, Mistakes I make in a hurry.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
On Twitter @TheSofiaDrake
My Website www.sofiadrake.com where they can also sign up for a monthly newsletter!
*All These Beautiful Illustrations were made by Anna Shoemaker
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️