May has been officially declared as the “Interviewing the Indies” month. As such, all month there will be posts containing interviews with indie authors. Today’s guest is J.D. Hallowell, author of Dragon Fate and Dragon Blade.
What do you have published?
I’ve published two heroic fantasy novels, Dragon Fate and Dragon Blade, which form a completed series, with a third book set in the same world due out this year.
Dragon Fate follows a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear.
In Dragon Blade, the epic conclusion to the story begun in Dragon Fate, Delno Okonan, his draconic bond-mate, Geneva, and their allies among the Dragons and Riders are once again caught up in events controlled by unseen forces, and they must uncover the real secrets behind the death of a senior Dragon Rider and the sudden rise of the Roracks, ancient enemy of dragons and men, to defeat a threat that could destroy them all and leave the world they know forever altered.
What are you currently working on?
I have six or seven SF and Fantasy projects in the works, depending on how you count them.
Dragon Home, next in line to be released, is the answer to the natural question raised by Dragon Blade: how are the existing power structures going to react to everything that just happened? Readers who wanted more time with some of the secondary characters from the first two books will have their wishes granted here. I’m excited that this one is out of my hands and deep into the publishing process, and I can’t wait for it to come out this year.
How do you stay motivated?
Well, I found that once Dragon Fate made the Amazon Epic Fantasy Bestsellers list, that was sufficient motivation to carry me through any temporary rough patches.
Seriously, though, I write because I don’t really have any other way to get the stories in my head out. Motivation isn’t a problem.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
I think the most challenging part of being an Indie author is the need to wear many hats, not all of them ones I’d choose. Promoting my own work, for example, makes me profoundly uncomfortable. I’m very fortunate to have had a number of very talented and supportive people around me to help.
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
Coffee. A writer is a complex mechanism for converting caffeine into stories. Raven’s Brew Coffee’s Deadman’s Reach is some amazing writing fuel.
You can purchase any of the Indie Adult Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!