Today’s interview is with Julian Adorney, author of The Dragon’s Curse.
I hope you enjoy it!
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
I write under my real name–Julian Adorney.
I live in Colorado but I want to travel the world 🙂
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Dragon’s Curse is a stand-alone fantasy romance novel.
3) What is the book about?
Here’s the synopsis:
When Princess Esmerelda stumbles onto a secret buried in the depths of her floating city, the God of Fate curses her. Within seventy days, she will die and her beloved kingdom will fall.
If Esmerelda is to survive, she’ll have to unravel the secret of why she was cursed and learn to beat a spiteful God at its own game.
Complicating her struggle is Parius, a dashing stranger with a mysterious past. He’s brave and noble and unpredictable, and she finds herself falling for him. But he has dark secrets all his own, secrets their budding relationship may not survive.
Their quest takes the pair to forgotten magics, beautiful witches in sleepy villages, and the ancient caverns of the dragons. But time is running out. Can the lovers defeat the God of Fate, or will they lose everything they hold dear?
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
It took me awhile to figure out what the book was about honestly, because writing is so much an exploration for me. It’s not like I decide what the book is about and then set pen to paper to write it…it’s more like I’m exploring the story as I go! So first I thought the story was about a princess who learned to fight, and I played around with a few different ideas before I realized it was about a woman who fought against a brutal destiny.
At the time I was struggling a lot with the idea of fate and free will, so it makes sense that I was called to write this story.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
A little over two and a half years from start to publication. And it was an absolute blast the whole time 🙂
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Tons! This is the first novel that I’ve published, and I’d never worked on a story this complex before.
I learned to trust my Muse–my Muse knows the story a whole lot better than my left-brain logical “Me” does. I also learned to not try to predict where the story was going to go–a lot of the really fun moments came because I was discovering this story right along with the characters, and when Esmerelda got herself into a tight spot I didn’t know how she would get out again!
Finally I learned that writing fiction is weird–and that’s okay! Amazing, actually. I remember one time I was trying to get a handle on the character of a talking tiger. And it just hit me one moment–I’m walking down the street in broad daylight, having a vivid (but silent) conversation with a talking tiger and asking him why he’s mad at a sorcerer. It was fun!
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Here’s my author website: https://julianadorney.com/, although I don’t blog a ton. No book video at the moment.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
My main piece of advice, like I said above, is to trust your Muse. It knows the story, so sit back and let it tell it.
I used Amygdala Designs for my cover art, and Ida was fabulous! I don’t get anything if you use her, but I highly recommend checking her out.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I’m very open to reading new authors! I can’t promise a review unless I like the story, just because I know that different folks have different tastes and I don’t want to leave a negative review of a good book just because it wasn’t my cup of tea 🙂
I love reading fantasy stories and romance stories. I love any stories with a good romance in them. I also read some sci-fi!
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Harry Potter series, because it’s just so magical. If I had to choose a favorite book, I would say Prisoner of Azkaban–I love the big reveal about Sirius!
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I really want to get a cat! But no pets right now.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I don’t honestly, I just use my laptop or physical books. I really love physical books.
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