Interview with Genevieve Jack, Author of The Dragon of Cecil Court
25 Aug 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, The Dragon of Cecil Court?
Centuries ago, following a coup in their native realm of Paragon, eight royal dragon shifters fled to Earth to hide from the wrath of their murderous uncle. Over time and to reduce the possibility of detection, they spread out across Europe and the New World. The Treasure of Paragon series is a collection of stories about how each dragon finds their mates and their way home. Each book stands alone and tells the love story of one of the dragon siblings. Read in order, the series follows the siblings as they find each other again and reclaim their birthright.
The Dragon of Cecil Court follows Nathaniel and Clarissa’s story. When Clarissa’s voice fails her during a show in London, it’s an excuse to reconnect with ex-boyfriend and dragon Nathaniel, the man who remains her deepest regret. Nathaniel is reluctant to open old wounds but can’t refuse Clarissa’s plea for help or the passion her nearness awakens in him. Only as he closes in on breaking the curse, Nathaniel learns the cause of what ails her is tangled with the deadly Paragonian past he left behind.
Readers can get THE DRAGON OF CECIL COURT for $2.99 (reg. $4.99) until Sept 1st .
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’d have to say my love of reading as a child. From my earliest memories, I recall thinking that writing fantasy novels would be the best job in the universe.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Ever? I couldn’t possible decide on just five individual books. But here are five recent series that are my favorites.
1. The Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews.
2. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
3. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
5. The Dark Carpathian Series by Christine Feehan
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask
I am fascinated by Ilona Andrews, the penname for a husband and wife writing team. I’d love to have both of them on my show to ask about their writing process. I think it might be difficult to work closely with a spouse, but their work is brilliant and seamless.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is the ability to share the characters in my head with others. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had stories playing inside my brain like movies in a theater built for one. And for a long time, I kept those stories to myself because I didn’t have on outlet for them. I wrote my first book while I was in nursing school and wasn’t sure anyone would ever read it. Those first supportive emails and reviews after publication were enough to hook me. There is absolutely no substitute for a fan discussing a malevolent queen, brooding hero, or sassy heroine of my creation as if they know them personally. The characters have always seemed real to me but it’s an amazing feeling when they become real to someone else.
What is a typical day like for you?
The magic starts with a cup of strong coffee. I’m a huge fan of the elixir of life. Afterward, I take care of my family and my dog, and usually start work around 9 am. Aside from breaks for lunch, dinner, and exercise, I usually work until around 9 pm. Work for me is a mixture of writing, editing, and/or publishing along with marketing my backlist. After 9, I’ll either spend time with family or read.
What scene from The Dragon of Cecil Court was your favorite to write?
There’s a scene where Clarissa is walking in Nathaniel’s orchard and comes across an orange tree that she gave him for his birthday ten years before. Orange trees don’t normally survive outdoors in his climate, so she knows he’s tended it with magic over the years to make it thrive the way it has. It’s at that moment that she realizes that he may still have feelings for her and the exchange that follows is one of my favorites.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
“The best things in life aren’t things.” – Art Buchwald
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