JAMES BEN­NETT

MEET THE MAN WHOSE HERO IS A DRAGON THAT CAN SHAPESHIFT INTO HU­MAN FORM!

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Chas­ing Em­bers is “con­tem­po­rary fan­tasy” – how close is it to our world?

Pretty close, although it isn’t our world, not en­tirely. It’s our world as if mytho­log­i­cal crea­tures ac­tu­ally ex­isted.

Tell us about your dragon pro­tag­o­nist. Fiery tem­per? Red-hot lover? Handy to have around when you need a camp­fire start­ing?

All three! Though for the lat­ter, Ben Garston might take out some of the sur­round­ing for­est too. And get­ting in­volved with him could get you killed…

What was your think­ing about how a dragon would talk?

When I first heard Ben in my head, he was world-weary, hun­gover and wryly self-dep­re­cat­ing. He’s been through a lot. In hu­man form, Ben sounds like any other grumpy Lon­doner! In dragon form, a tad more growly.

Did any­thing par­tic­u­lar in­spire the book?

Af­ter writ­ing three nov­els that pre­vi­ously got re­jected, I de­cided to write some­thing for pure fun. I wasn’t tak­ing the story too se­ri­ously back then.

What plans do you have for fu­ture books?

There are two fol­low-ups planned. These will ex­pand on the Rem­nant world and its in­creas­ing con­flict with hu­mans. Things will get darker and the stakes higher, but I’m hop­ing each book can work as a fun and fiery stan­dalone! Think Bond, but with dragons!

Chas­ing Em­bers is pub­lished by Or­bit on 8 Septem­ber.

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