Thank you for stopping by The FlipSide today. I have a special treat for you in the form of an interview with Ela Lourenco, author of the YA Fantasy book Dragon Born. If you’re not yet acquainted with Ela, let’s take a few moments to get to know her…
Ela Lourenco lives in Scotland with her two daughters and husband. She has been an avid reader since childhood and has long enjoyed mysteries, mythology and anything related to the paranormal/supernatural/mystical/science fiction. She loves nothing more than making up stories about faraway people and places (helped somewhat by a mind that just won’t grow up!). When she isn’t nose deep in a book or writing herself she can be found dancing around the kitchen whilst baking. Her biggest wish in life is to infect others with a passion for reading.
Welcome Ela! Tell me, what does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
They are very supportive. In fact, Dragon Born was inspired by my daughters!
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes, the most demanding… my two daughters! Also a few close friends who don’t mince their words!
What one word best describes you?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Anything is possible!
Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?
There are too many to count!! I am thankful to each writer whose books I have read for giving me moments of true unadulterated pleasure! (To name but a few; Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, Jennifer Estep, Nalini Singh…)
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Well, the next four books of the Dragon Born series have already been written. And I am currently working on another YA series (I am on book three!).
What are you passionate about these days?
My family, my kitten, reading, writing and the creative writing workshops for children that I run… everything in my life actually. Happiness is the little things.
Who is your favourite character in Dragon Born?
Aside from the four protagonists who are based on and named after my daughters and nieces, it would have to be Deedee, the wonderful, weird and eccentric shop owner… but is that all she is? (I know, that’s just mean of me!!)
What was the hardest part of writing Dragon Born?
Not having enough hours in the day, or days in the week!!
If you could tell readers one thing about Dragon Born that you think would interest them in reading it, what would it be?
Well, Dragon Born is a fantasy adventure and it is filled with magic and rituals, prophecies and legends. But what really makes it interesting are the many twists and turns the story takes, the ‘whodunit’ factor and mystery.
Using 10 words or less, tell me about Dragon Born.
Fantasy, adventure, magical, mystery, surprise, friendship, past becomes present.
Thank you Ela! Now for a little information about Dragon Born…
Far in the distant reaches of the universe is a world called Azmantium. A planet with lilac skies, jade green seas and fiery red suns. A planet where everything, from the tides of the sea to life itself, is rooted in magic. Children are assessed at an early age and trained according to their unique magical talents.
Lara, an orphan who has no memory of her true origins, is unaware that she has a vital role to play in the ancient prophesies that are about to begin coming true. Older than most who are just beginning their magical training, Lara will soon find out that destiny waits for no one, especially when the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
With the help of her new friends, Lara will learn that in order to save the future, she must journey into the past – to a time when Dragons ruled the world!
Dragon Born is available on:
Barnes & Noble (Print & eBook)