In my continuing Have an author for dinner™ Interview series We will be chatting with new Grimdark Royalty, Debra A. Wolf . I have not read her book, THE DRAGON’S LEGACY yet, but have heard such wonderful things about it. I had to ask her over for a Bite. How do I know she is Grimdark Royalty if I haven’t read her book yet? Good question. Short answer We are Facebook Friends. The Long answer is….. Well you will see soon enough.
Q) Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A) No. It took four years of drinking milk, learning to walk and use the potty, and then read before I finally decided what I wanted to do with my life.
Q) What books or authors do you feel have influenced you either in your writing or just in everyday life?
A) Tolkien, of course. Madeline L’Engle. Steinbeck. Victor Hugo, Anne Rice, Stephen King, whose book On Writing is really important to me as much for the author’s must-have life lessons as it is for actual writing advice. He reminds us not to get so wrapped up in the destination that we don’t enjoy our journey.
Q) What is your favorite quote of yours?
A) “Hafsa Azeina was no ordinary woman. She waded through the people’s dreams like a jiinberry farmer in shallow waters, plucking the ripe fruit of fertile dreamings. Some of this harvest was hoarded for later, some was sold at market, and some—Ani was certain of this last, though she had never asked outright—some of the dreams were eaten fresh, staining the lips and fingertips and the soul of the woman who ate them with their dark, sweet juices.”
Q) Any favorite quote by someone else?
A) “In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit.” ~Tolkien
Q). What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?
A) My favorite part is when a random brainstorming session ties together something that cropped up out of the nether two years ago with no context or explanation, but which I included because I knew somehow it was important and that the spiders would whisper their answers to me sooner or later.
A) The silence between those times. Because you know those feckin’ spiders are stalking you.
Q) I asked you this in your AMA on Reddit. The response was ….scary, I would love for you to tell us a little about one of your main characters? Do they have any Strong Political views, OCD habits, super powers, Homicidal sentient weapons? You know the usual type of things.
A) Hm, I’ll pick Hafsa Azeina for this one, because she’s the character most like me.
Hafsa Azeina is a dreamshifter; she kills her enemies in their sleep and uses their body parts to make musical instruments. She’s also got a possessed dagger that would love to eat her soul, and a shofar made from a horn of the Golden Ram.
(Yes, that Golden Ram).
She’s a mom, and not overly fond of goat cheese.
Q) Describe your book Badly. Example Star-Wars deadbeat dad tries to get his son to take over the family business.
A) Parasitic life forms react with panic as their giant lizard host wakes.
Q) Your book hits shelves when?
A) April 18, 2017
Q) What are you working on now?
A) THE DRAGON’S LEGACY 2: THE FORBIDDEN CITY. This book is going to knock your feckin’ socks off.
Q) Where can my curious goblins find out more about you?
Any Final words?
Hold my whiskey and watch this.
Thank you so much Deborah for stopping by and showing the goblins how to kill with your book. Looks like they are riding into battle with it now.
There you Have it readers. That is why I called her Grimdark Royalty. The terrifyingly adorable Deborah A. Wolf. Her first book THE DRAGON’S LEGACY makes its debut April 18, 2017 And I can’t wait to sink my teeth in to it. Plus, you can use it for a weapon!!! Arm yourself with it from the links below.