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