What inspired me to write Princess of Draga and the Draga Court series was a combination of things. I wrote science fiction adventure under a different name a la Firefly or Killjoys. It was fun, but I wanted more romance without the fanboys telling me ick.
About ten years ago I read this trilogy called The Black Jewels. For whatever reason it really stuck with me and evoked a feeling I find hard to explain. Then recently I read A Court of Thorns and Roses and it evoked this same feeling. (Ironically I found out later the author read Black Jewels as well). I’ve read everything by both authors. I’ve read Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart and desperately wanted to read more of this. There wasn’t much out there though.
So I decided to write it myself, but put it up in space and have it be more space fantasy than sci fi – much like Star Wars.
I love royalty and politics and intrigue and just the idea of a fantasy world set in space with tech intrigued me. I have a prince of thieves and a usurped prince. A third-born princess who is just trying to find her place in the galaxy and maybe find love as well. It’s the combination – the blending of these two things I love that really make it unique. I have to say – the aesthetic in Jupiter Ascending was also a huge inspiration as well. The opulent and gorgeous settings of the House of Abraxas was very inspiring.
My only hope is to find people out there who have been looking for something that would evoke that ‘feeling’ and hopefully fulfill that void.
Emma Dean lives and works in California with her husband and son. She loves romance but needed something different so Draga Court was born. With too many stories to write the schedule has been filled through 2018.
When she’s not writing she’s reading, or spending time with her family.
With publishing now at least she has an excuse for not folding the laundry 😉
Princess of Draga
(Draga Court, #1)
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
In the first book of the Draga Court series, Princess Adelina’s coming-of-age party will declare to the worlds she is finally eligible to wed. All she wants is to serve her people and the crown with honor, but when a dangerously attractive prince from another galaxy – one who they all thought was dead – arrives with warnings of monstrosities and war, will her feelings put her in a position where she has to choose between her people and love?
The Draga Court series is a beautiful combination of fantasy and space opera set in a faraway future where humans have altered their genetics to save their species from their destructive natures. Dominance and rank weave a complicated dance among the galaxy’s society where a true submissive has to find her place, and learn the true meaning of power and love.
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