Shaunna Gonzales at http://shaunnagonzales.blogspot.com/ tagged me last week in her post. In this Blog Hop, I’ll answer a set of questions about my latest novel, then tag a set of authors to discuss their book next week. Of course, my most recent novel is Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order.
What is the title of your book?
My latest novel is Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order. It’s my seventh novel published.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea came from my love of history and folklore. In particular I was inspired by both the legends surrounding King Arthur and Vlad Dracula. King Arthur was known as the Pendragon, which basically means “the chief dragon.” Dracula means “son of the dragon.” I basically asked, what would happen if a Celtic dragon from the fifth century became a vampire and somehow got wrapped up in the story of Vlad Dracula, the real life prince who inspired Bram Stoker’s vampire
What genre does your book fall under?
The novel is a blending of paranormal romance and historical thriller.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Daniel Craig would be great as Desmond, the leader of our band of mercenaries. Lynn Collins from the series True Blood and the movie John Carter has the presence and strength to be the slave-turned-thief Alexandra. Orlando Bloom has the good looks of the mysterious Roquelaure and would be a great counterpoint to the serious Daniel Craig.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Three vampires forge a bond of love and blood, bring together a band of vampire mercenaries, and must ultimately confront what they’ve become when they’re hired by Vlad Dracula.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither. I sold the book without an agent. It is published by Lachesis Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft was written for the National Novel Writing Month a few years ago. The manuscript at the end of that month represents about two-thirds of finished novel. That final third took another month. Once the first draft was complete, I spent another year polishing it into the final product.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The mix of history, romance, and vampires is probably closest to the Saint-Germain Books of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro or even the vampire novels of Anne Rice.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the desire to experience times and places that I can’t visit for myself. The virtual immortality of my vampires allowed me to tell a story that spanned centuries. The strength of my vampires allowed them to survive some of the most frightening periods in history. The tension of the situations allowed me to explore the concepts of love and evil from a perspective that isn’t really possible with mortal characters.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Dragon’s Fall is a novel in five acts. Act one is set in Hellenistic Greece. Act two is set in Arthurian Britain. In act three, the characters move across Europe, visit Constantinople and the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. In act four, we see the Norman Invasion of Britain. Finally Act five takes us to Transylvania during the reign of Vlad Dracula.
The novel tells the story of three vampires. The first is Lord Desmond who bears the guilt of destroying the holiest of books after becoming a vampire. He searches the world for lost knowledge, but instead, discovers truth in love. Alexandra is born a slave in Ancient Greece and craves freedom above all else. A vampire sets her free but then, she must pay the highest price of all … her human soul. Roquelaure is an assassin who lives in the shadows, cloaked even from himself, until he discovers the power of friendship and loyalty. Gathering other vampires around them, they form a band of mercenaries and find themselves employed by Vlad Dracula. However, Dracula proves to be the dark reflection of the Scarlet Order vampires and their ultimate nemesis.
Where can readers purchase your book?
The novel is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TJV65G and https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dragons-fall-rise-scarlet/id569347884?mt=11 plus several other online bookstores. You can find a complete list at: http://www.davidleesummers.com/books.html#dragons_fall
Where can readers find your website/blog’s?
I tag the following blogger to answer these questions next week about their most recent work or their work in progress:
Emily Guido and Marina Martindale have already participated in the Blog Hop. Be sure to drop by and check out the answers to their questions!
Update – December 5, 2012: I received two brand-new tags today. The first is by castle builder, poet, and all around amazing fantasy writer Marsheila Rockwell. I was also tagged by awesome thriller and adventure writer Sean Ellis. Go check out their stops on the “Next Big Thing” Blog Hop!
Update – December 12, 2012: Today, I’m honored to be tagged by Jeff Mariotte, author of more things than I can easily name. A few things he’s written include several Angel comics, the Covert Vampire Operations comic series, numerous weird western comics and stories, and several supernatural thriller novels. His Star Trek novel The Folded World will be published days before the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. Click here to read about Jeff’s next big thing: Season of the Wolf.