This Wednesday I would like to welcome Shea Macleod who has just released, Dragon Goddess, the third book in her series, Dragon Wars.
1) Can you tell me where the idea for the Dragon Wars series came from?
I’ve always been marginally (Okay, a LOT) obsessed with all things apocalypse. Unfortunately, while I love zombie stories, I’m not really a zombie writer. I wanted to do something different for my apocalypse. I remembered a movie I’d seen awhile back called Reign of Fire and I wondered what would happen if dragons suddenly did appear in our world. What would that look like? Where did they come from? How would the survivors deal? Clearly, I don’t have as bleak a vision of such an event as the movie did. Also, I like a splash of romance with everything. Even the apocalypse. I sort of mashed everything together in my strange little brain and voila!
2) You fused a number of genres together in the Sunwalker Saga so what’s the genre mash-up description you would give for these books?
Hmmm…Post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance with a twist of kick ass.
3) Can you tell me a little about what has happened in the series before Dragon Goddess?
Oh, that’s hard to do without spoilers, but let’s just say there’s been some genetic experimentation, lost memories, reanimation, dragon attacks, explosions, ass kicking and smexoring.
4) Do you think you have achieved what you set out to do with this series so far?
Well, since I don’t really plan very far ahead, I can’t say it did or did not go as planned. I love the way the story, and the world, is shaping up. I think I definitely have achieved what I wanted in that the series approaches the idea of what the future might look like after an apocalyptic event and that there will always be good people and baddies. That just because everything has gone to hell in a hand basket doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for the future. And that women, just like men, are strong, capable, and can totally kick ass. In Dragon Goddess in particular, I tried to tell a redemption story of sorts, and I hope I’ve done that.
5) What can we look forward to in the future from the series?
Funny thing is, this series was only ever supposed to be two books. Then it was 3. Then 4. Now there are 6 books planned with a very great possibility of more beyond that.
There will be a lot more of my new protag, Audrey, in the future. She’s still got a lot of rage inside her. So, her road to redemption isn’t quite over yet. A currently minor character is going to play a pretty big role in the future and that will allow us to see what has happened to the cities. It will also introduce us to some fantastic new antagonists. We haven’t heard the last of the Rev and his band of merry (human sacrificing) men, either. They’re going to rear their ugly heads. AND the Marines are still wandering around wreaking havoc. Don’t forget the ‘creatures’ either.
6) What else is happening for Shéa MacLeod in 2013?
Ohhhh… Shéa MacLeod is going to be a very busy girl! I’m currently working on the fourth novel in my Sunwalker Saga: Kissed by Moonlight. In addition to that I plan on starting a new series called OMICRON ZX. Think Firefly meets Magnum PI. I hope to have the first book, A Rage of Angels, out before autumn. Naturally I’ll be working on my little Cupcake Goddess Novelettes, as well as short stories with The Eclective and a special Christmas project with my friend and YA author Tara West.
I always post new releases on my blog: http://sheamacleod.wordpress.com/
7) Any last words?
We who are about to die salute you. No?
Okay, how about, “Everything’s better with dragons. Especially the apocalypse.”
Thank you Shea!
Dragon Goddess can be purchased from the following links: