Some choices are hard to live with.
But some choices will kill you.
When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to the pulsing energy that surrounds him. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.
Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.
~ Bewitching BT
If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
What would you say inspired you to write it?
The northern landscape of the Arctic that I fell in love with when I was 16.
Your all time favorite book?
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.
What made you pick that one above all others?
It was an eyeopener for me when I was a teenager – I loved the idea of the universality of the human experience and still do.
What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Actually, Dragon Fire is probably my longest project so far. From the first spark of an idea in the summer of 2010 to final revisions before querying it, it took me about 18 months. Of course, once I signed with Twilight Times Books in 2012, I also had several rounds of revisions and edits. So Dragon Fire wasn’t in its final form until 2013.
What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
In addition to writing, I take care of my family and our 3 horses. I am also the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium and organize crit groups, webinars, events and workshops. My days get very busy and I often wish I had more time!
How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
No book will ever please everyone. And to prove it, all you have to do is look up your favorite bestseller on Amazon or Goodreads and you will see several 1 or 2 star reviews. So when you get a bad review, remember that. As long as you enjoyed writing it and know you did your best, keep your head up. And keep writing. Because there will also be people out there who will love your work.
Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes, Dragon Fire is part of a world which includes a series and several side books about secondary characters. I am currently working on the prequel which is written from June’s point of view and explores her sometimes conflictual relationship with Erling.
What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
In addition to continuing the world of the Draak and Elythia (Dragon Fire’s world) I am currently working on a YA sci-fi series for my fabulous agent, Kaylee Davis.
If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
Peace. All over the world.
Name your favorite fruit.
One? only one? Not possible… mangoes, persimmons, fresh-picked blueberries, tree-ripened apricots, sun-drenched strawberries in the field…
Coffee or tea?
Gosh, I’m complicated! both, it depends on the time of day and my mood.
Autumn. I love all the colors, the cooler weather coming in, the fires and apple pies… And winter. The snow and beauty of it all…
How about fav time of 24 hours?
Night time. As much as I enjoy the sunrise, I am very much a night person. And I have to admit that if I do see the sunrise, it’s more likely because I am up late than early.
Favorite food for breakfast?
Pancakes. With butter and maple syrup. Lots of maple syrup…. um, can we finish the interview later? I’m suddenly dying to go make pancakes!
Latest book you’ve bought and read?
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
No – although my shoe closet might say otherwise!
Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Cobalt blue. But Amethyst purple is pretty nice. And emerald green. And coral orange… or cornflower blue. Sorry… it’s just that my characters are all associated with a color, so how can I choose one over the other?
Drama or comedy?
Have a fav quote or personal motto?
Our family motto is ‘virtute et labore’ and I think it fits me pretty well.
Cats or dogs?
um… horses? and cats…
Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight… but it used to be out clubbing!
About the Author & Links:
Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and three horses.