Another look into the world of dragon shifters and their writers today, with an interview with Michelle Fox.
Previous interviews featured Decadent Kane and K.C. Stewart, who like me are featured in the Prowlers & Growlers box set, as well as Anna Lowe, and Rinelle Grey.
~ Author interview ~
What is it about dragons that made your muse decide ‘this is what we’re writing!’?
The idea of dragon maidens wouldn't leave me alone, but I'm not one to write helpless damsels in distress so I inverted the trope a bit and created a female centric series where the women are kick ass in their own right, but have the kind of problems that take a dragon to solve. That's how my maidens series got its start. The series is romance, but written in more of an urban fantasy style...we spend a lot of time with the maidens and the main focus is their journey. If that makes anyone nervous...don't worry, you'll like it. I have proof. The first book, Kiss the Dragon, hit the USA Today bestseller list when it was part of the Highland Shifters boxed set and the story has been a reader favorite generating a ton of fan mail...even years after the book released.
Sounds great! Does your story/series take place on Earth, or is it in a different dimension/world? Are dragons ‘out’ in your world?
The Maidens series takes place on earth in the present day. More specifically Inverness Scotland. The series features four Scottish brothers who are cursed to remain in their human form until they find their maidens. The kicker is, they also can't leave home. They're stuck in Inverness which doesn't have any maidens around. As their curse has worn on, the magic of the world has faded and no one remembers dragons or anything else so the brothers are very much in the closet.
Are there traditional characteristics you absolutely wanted your dragons to have, or did you want to give them new abilities or powers?
Each of my dragons is different. Malcolm is also a mage. Gavin and Alec are warriors, but Gavin is a tortured soul and Alec is more level headed. Niall is a softer, more nurturing personality with a creative side that comes out in baking (of all things!), but he can also fight when needed. Or make the ultimate sacrifice to protect his maiden, which is what happens in book two Kissed by Fire. (Yes, I killed my hero. No, I didn't quite know how I was going to manage that, but the story ended up having many different twists and turns on its way to a HEA.)
(I just gasped at that 'killed my hero' bit!)
What’s the ‘fun’ part about writing dragons?
They are always hot! LOL. That's both good and bad...imagine a belly full of Scotch and a fire filled burp. I love writing about how they shift and fly...that's the best part. And dragons are very honorable. They always do the right thing...at least in my imagination they do.
Are there other paranormal beings you enjoy writing? Do they live in the same universe as your dragons or are they strictly separate?
I tend to keep most of my shifters separate but will mix in vampires and witches etc... Hmmm. Maybe I should mix things up. We'll see. I write a lot of werewolves and have started adding in vampires as well.
Do you have an all-time favorite dragon from movies, TV or books?
Puff the magic dragon was, I think, my first dragon. Then The Neverending Story. With my kiddo it's How to Train Your Dragon. Oddly, I've not read too many dragons...I meet them in movies.
Oh, I remember the Neverending Story so fondly... Nostalgia just hit me hard!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today!
~ Blurb: Kiss the Dragon ~
Would you trust a curse to save you?
Ever since Sara Clarke was hit by lightning and began to see the future, she’s lived a life on the run. Always hiding. Always hunted. She dreams of a different fate, but knows her only constant is the danger that stalks her. A lot of people want to harness what Sara can do and they aren’t above forcing her to do their bidding.
Dragon Alec MacTeine has been locked in his human form by a centuries old curse. If he doesn’t find his maiden, he’ll never stretch his wings again. A chance encounter, one fleeting kiss and he knows that Sara is his. Meeting his maiden is supposed to solve all his problems, but instead, it spawns new ones.
~ About the author ~
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Michelle Fox lives in the Midwest with her husband, kids, the occasional exchange student and one very hyper puppy. She loves fantasy and romance, which makes writing paranormal romance a natural fit. Occasionally, she goes through a maverick phase and writes contemporary romance. In her spare time, she's been known to shake her bon-bon at Zumba, make spectacular cheesecakes, hoard vintage costume jewelry and eat way too much ice cream (Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra for the win!).
Where on the web is Michelle Fox?
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