Promotion. Definitely promotion. Writing a book is hard enough – getting people to read it is another kettle of fish! There are infinite number of ways to get your book out there (social media, word of mouth, blog tours, conventions, etc) but using them effectively is the difference between your book selling or not. You have to really push yourself to get yourself out there, telling everyone why they should read this book and why they will enjoy it.
There is a trick to doing this effectively. When I learn what it is I’ll let you know!
Can you give us a short synopsis of Trapped on Draconica?
The story follows an Earthling boy called Ben. He’s a thirteen year old delinquent that’s always truanting from school and always in a pickle – mainly because his friends are criminals and they always leave him behind so they can get away. On one of these occasions he is about to be arrested, but then he is teleported to the world of Draconica – a Fantasy world once ruled by dragons. With no idea how he got here, he begins an incredible journey to find his way home. However, little does he realise that him coming here was no accident…
What inspired you to write this book?
From a young age, I’ve always loved Fantasy stories. Lord of the Rings was a huge influence for this, as was The Chronicles of Narnia. I just loved the epic feel and adventure these stories created and the way it fuelled my imagination. I’m also a huge fan of anime, which works very well in a Fantasy setting. Not to mention anime doesn’t always take itself too seriously, but can be incredibly epic at the same time. I combined these two ideas to create a story that was special to me and I always feel proud that I could create something like this. That I just wanted to do something with dragons in it. Dragons have always been my favourite Fantasy creature.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
Sadly, I don’t do as much writing as I should do, due to my job. But on a day off, I try to get at least 4-5 hours in for writing where possible. I find that’s better than trying to cram too much in one day. When I write, I try to at least do 1-2 chapters a day.
Name your top 5 books.
In no particular order – Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, A Clash of Kings, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The BFG and (if we’re allowed to include Graphic Novels), Batman: The Killing Joke.
What are you working on now?
I have a couple more books in the Draconica series (the series Trapped on Draconica is part of) coming out hopefully this year. I also have a companion series to it called Amanda Moonstone, of which I am working on another book in that series. I also have a number of prequel novels planned – which I like to call my Draconi-Lore series based around certain characters in the novels. So enough to keep me busy at least!
Title: Trapped on Draconica
Author: Dan Wright
Barely into his teens, Ben Anthony has not had it easy. With his father in prison, his mother struggling to keep him under control and his friends little more than criminals in the making, Ben is already on a self-destructive path. But his life is about to get much worse.
Teleported to the world where dragons once ruled, Ben finds himself the target of the malign Baalarian Empire – of which Emperor Gothon seeks to capture him for reasons yet unknown. Teaming with warrior Princess Daniar Dragonkin, her altruistic sister Erowin and the revenge seeking Leonidan Prince Kalak, Ben sets out on a reluctant quest to find his way home. And thus begins his incredible adventure…
Dan lives in the United Kingdom – born in the historic town of Canterbury, Kent. He picked up a love of Fantasy stories after reading such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and numerous Roald Dahl novels.
His biggest influences are Douglas Adams, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joss Whedon, H.P Lovecraft, Hiromu Arakawa and George R R Martin. He is highly influenced by Anime, Video Games and Comic books. He has also written a fan parody series on YouTube called Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron.
As well as writing, Dan plays guitar in a metal band. He likes all kinds of music—but he mainly listens to rock and metal, rap, some pop music and also film and video game scores. He also loves Disney and Pixar movies—often finding himself singing along to the tunes, or crying manly tears!
He is also a slave to his cat, who takes up a lot of his time when he isn’t at work or writing!
To learn more about Dan and the world of Draconica, visit the following places:
Draconica Website: http://draconicaseries.weebly.com