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Monday, May 06, 2019

Interview - The Dragonrider Chronicles by Nicole Conway #YAFantasy #Dragons #dragonfantasyseries

1. What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I have several projects in the works right now. I’m in the editing phase of the first volume in my third series of dragonrider books. I’m writing the second in my Spirits of Chaos modern dragon-shifters series and the third in my YA urban fantasy series, Mad Magic. I’m also plotting and preparing two more series that I’ll be working on next. So yeah! I have a lot on my plate, but I love keeping busy. 

2. Do you write in different genres?

I do! I bounce around a little, but all within the fiction genre and almost always children or teen books. Fantasy seems to always pull me in, and I love creating new worlds. However, I’ve written a sweet romance novella and am working on my first scifi-series now!

3. If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

Fantasy is always my first choice. I love the freedom and raw creativity of world building. I also love pulling in bits and pieces from my educational background in Mythology, drawing obscure figures and monsters from Greek and Roman lore. It’s fun to find new ways to incorporate old concepts. 

4.  What book are you reading now?

I’m currently re-reading The Stolen Throne by David Gaider. I’m a big fan of the Dragon Age franchise, and love diving in to the world and characters beyond what we see in the games.

5. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Besides struggling to find time to sit and write, I generally have a harder time connecting with female narrators. I’m not sure why this is. I’m sure a therapist could probably expound on that some, but I would guess it’s because I’ve always been more of a tomboy and a lot of my favorite characters from my own childhood were boys, so I tend to gravitate to their examples.

6.  Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Currently, I am obsessed with David Gaider’s works. His level of detail and precision in world building and character development is incredible. It goes beyond what’s required for a good story and shows genuine passion and enthusiasm for his work. You can pick any character, any culture, any detail, and trace it back to a myth, legend, or origin. His worlds have substance, history, and feeling. It’s a level of creative genius I aspire to.

7. Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I travel a lot, but unfortunately it’s not for research. We’re a military family and so moving and traveling are part of life for us. It’s an opportunity for me to experience new things, meet new people, and learn. So it does help when writing books, but I guess the discovery of that stuff is more incidental than intentional.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Absolutely! WRITE. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Writing is not a “natural” talent. Talent helps, sure, but there are methods and mechanics that have to be learned through practice and training your brain to think like an author. Practice is the best way to learn these things. So finish that first book, then write again, then write another book, and don’t stop!

The Dragonrider Chronicles
Book One
Nicole Conway

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: April 29, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-939765-68-0

Number of pages: 296

Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers

Tagline: Can one boy stand between two kingdoms at war?

Book Description:

Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future.

While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor. Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.

FLEDGLING is the first book in Nicole Conway’s bestselling quartet THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES. This exciting, dragon-filled world returns in the DRAGONRIDER LEGACY trilogy, which concludes with book 3, LEGEND, on May 7, 2019.

Excerpt Book One:
The dragon turned and started walking toward me. His large, curled black claws dug into the dirt floor of the arena, and I couldn’t help but stagger back a few feet as he crept toward me, chattering loudly all the way.
His gait was strange to watch, oddly smooth and feline for the way his body was built. He stopped right before me, craning his neck to sniff at me again. Then he started to crouch down. The dragon lowered himself until his belly was flat on the ground. His huge horned head was low, too, and he looked at me expectantly.
Before I could figure out what I was supposed to do, Sile was right there beside me. “He wants to seal the bond,” the knight explained as he grabbed me by the waist and pretty much tossed me up onto the dragon’s back. “Don’t be afraid.”
Easy for him to say; Sile wasn’t the one straddling the neck of a wild dragon who’d already proven he had a nasty temper. With my legs slung around the base of the creature’s neck, sitting between the shoulders of his wing arms, I clung to anything I could when I felt him start to move. There wasn’t much to grab, though. His scales were slick, and the little knobby black horns that ran down his spine to the tip of his tail were cone-shaped and hard to grip. I just had to lay flat against his neck, my arms as far around him as I could reach, and hung on for dear life as the dragon stood.
Sile was laughing loudly. I saw him smiling up at me as the dragon gave a wide yawn that showed me just how many of those teeth he had. My heartbeat was skipping and pounding erratically. My head spun like a top. I was sitting on a dragon. Not just any dragon, though. This one was mine.

The Dragonrider Chronicles
Book Two
Nicole Conway

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: August 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-939765-71-0

Number of pages: 300

Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers

Tagline: What kind of power is lurking inside him?

Book Description:

After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves.

Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not . . . he wonders if he will even survive it. The truth will soon be set loose.

AVIAN is the second book in Nicole Conway’s bestselling quartet THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES. This exciting, dragon-filled world returns in the DRAGONRIDER LEGACY trilogy, which concludes with book 3, LEGEND, on May 7, 2019.

Excerpt Book Two:
Three mornings a week, after our laps and drills were finished, I tolerated being teased while Felix coached me through different line dances and waltzes. Lyon and I refused to make eye contact as I was forced to hold his hand and, even worse, his hip. The first time Felix actually got us to stand in a waltz pose together, he burst into laughter. Lyon snapped. They punched each other for a few minutes, and I considered leaving the room and walking off the nearest cliff. It seemed better than having to hold Lyon like that ever again.

I still had a shred of dignity left, though. I was learning to dance, and Felix insisted I was getting better. It gave me some hope that maybe I wouldn’t completely embarrass myself at the ball.
“Lyon dances like a three legged cow,” he assured me. “So it’ll be easier with a real girl. They’re much lighter, and more graceful. And a lot less ugly.”
Lyon cursed under his breath. “Oh right, well excuse me for not dancing like a girl.” We only had a few weeks left before the ball, and I knew he was probably just as ready as I was for this dance class to end.
“Remember what I said about greetings and introductions. Confidence. Eye contact. Charm. It’s a state of mind.” Felix snapped his fingers at Lyon like he was summoning a pet dog. “Let’s run through it one more time.”
Lyon sputtered a few more curses as he stomped toward me. I tried to visualize Beckah standing in his place with her warm smile and deep green eyes. It was nearly impossible, though. Lyon was definitely a boy. And this was definitely the most embarrassing thing I’d ever done in my life.
As soon as we had gone through our awkward bows and stepped into an opening dance pose, the dorm room door to our room burst open. I was holding onto Lyon’s waist and hand, as usual, and he was pretending to hold up a dress. We both froze, too stunned to react.
Jace was standing in the doorway. He looked at all of us, his brows raised and his expression completely blank.
My last shred of dignity withered and died. “When you’re finished with…whatever this is, I need to see the lot of you downstairs to be measured for your formal uniforms.” Jace managed to say, although he sounded a little hoarse. I could have sworn I saw him suppressing a smile. “Hurry up.”
The door shut, and I died a little inside. Lyon shoved away from me. Judging by the shade of red his head was turning, he was too angry and embarrassed to speak. I couldn’t say anything, either.

The only person who could make a sound was Felix. He was laughing so hard he was choking. He fell down on the floor, gripping his sides. I had to step over him in order to get out of the room.

The Dragonrider Chronicles
Book Three
Nicole Conway

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: May 10, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-692337-30-1

Number of pages: 300

Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers

Tagline: One kingdom’s traitor will become the world’s last hope.

Book Description:

Can anyone survive Luntharda? No amount of training has prepared Jaevid Broadfeather for the frontlines of battle. Now facing the true horrors of war, with Luntharda looming on the horizon, Jaevid has begun to question everything he thought about his heritage. The only thing keeping him going is his oath to protect his dragonrider brothers. But in an instant, even that slips through Jaevid’s fingers as he steps from the safety of his dragon’s saddle into the depths of his mother’s wild homeland—the kingdom of the gray elves.

Stranded in Luntharda with his partner Lieutenant Jace Rordin, Jaevid must finally confront the demons of his own past as he uncovers the truth about a war that began before he was ever born. Armed with a new appreciation for destiny, and flanked by his trusted friends, Jaevid moves to make the final strike against an enemy that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.

TRAITOR is third book in Nicole Conway’s bestselling quartet THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES. This exciting, dragon-filled world returns in the DRAGONRIDER LEGACY trilogy, which concludes with book 3, LEGEND, on May 7, 2019.

Excerpt Book Three:

Against the roaring winds and frozen rain, I saw the shape of someone standing at the top of that staircase. At first glimpse, it looked like a knight; a petite man clad in armor that shimmered like obsidian glass and adorned in painted golden wings, even on the gauntlets and helmet, giving the wearer an angelic appearance.
I stretched out my hand toward the black armored knight, who had started descending the steps. Once we were both inside, we began working together to push the door closed again to keep out the cold.
Then she took off her helmet.
Beckah’s long dark hair fell down over her shoulder in a braid. Some of her bangs were sticking to the moisture on her forehead and the sides of her face, and her lightly freckled cheeks were flushed from the cold wind. When her bright green eyes looked up at me in the darkness, I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
I kissed her. It was a much deeper, more passionate kiss than any we’d ever had before. She put her arms around my waist and hugged me close, and for a long time we just stood like that. I couldn’t believe how much I’d missed her in such a short amount of time. Under all that armor, she was still the simple, beautiful girl I’d eaten peaches with on the beach in Saltmarsh. She was still the Beckah I loved.

The Dragonrider Chronicles
Book Four
Nicole Conway

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: November 8, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-944816-53-7

Number of pages: 349

Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers

Tagline: What began as one boy’s adventure will now end in blood.

Book Description:

Destiny has called.

With Jaevid Broadfeather forever lost to the depths of Luntharda, Felix Farrow struggles to stand on his own. He begins a violent downward spiral which causes him to abandon his post as a dragonrider, hiding in the halls of his family estate. His one hope for redemption lies within the heart of someone from his past—and the very last person he ever wanted to see again.

And now the time has finally come.

Hovrid, who has ruled Maldobar as a tyrannical imposter, is preparing to make a decisive assault against Luntharda that will destroy what remains of the elven race. Only Jaevid, Felix, and their trusted friends are able to stand in his way. They have only one chance to end the war, and only one hope to absolve the curse that threatens to destroy their world. The stage is set. The plan is in motion. What began as one boy’s adventure will now end in blood.

IMMORTAL is final book in Nicole Conway’s bestselling quartet THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES. 


Excerpt Book Four:

Group after group of dragons and their riders continued to land on the platform and file into the tower. One hundred proud warriors had left to retake the city only a few days before. Less than forty of us returned.
Still, I was only looking for one.
“Where is he? Does anyone see him?!” I shouted at the top of my lungs and shoved my way through the other dragonriders. I called his name over and over, hoping to spot him or his blue dragon making their way down the corridor ahead of me. They must have fallen behind.
I searched every bloodied, war-beaten face that came walking in from the rain. Before I knew it, I was standing back at the open gateway that led out onto the platform.
Jaevid Broadfeather was nowhere to be found.
Someone grabbed my shoulder. A bolt of hope shot through me as I spun around, hoping to see him standing there.
It wasn’t him.
It was my riding partner, Lieutenant Prax, standing over me like a giant in blood-spattered battle armor. He was much older than I was and a far more seasoned rider. That’s why the look on his face absolutely terrified me.
“No one saw him or Jace depart with us.”

I was instantly sick. I couldn’t accept that. Jaevid wouldn’t just roll over and die—not this easily. We’d made it this far, gone through all of our dragonrider training together from beginning to end – so I knew he could fight.

This exciting, dragon-filled world returns in the DRAGONRIDER LEGACY trilogy, which concludes with book 3, LEGEND, on May 7, 2019.

About the Author:

NICOLE CONWAY is an author from North Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University in 2012, and has previously worked as a graphic artist. She is happily married with one son.

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