Daughter of the Dragon Princess by Nina Croft
Found abandoned as a baby and brought up in a children’s home, Lily Palmer has no clue that she is the last of the Dragon Princesses and destined to be mated to a king. But when she wakes up one night to find her apartment invaded by a stunningly gorgeous, but totally deluded madman, she can no longer ignore the dreams which have haunted her life.
Exiled on Earth, and trapped in human form, the dragons have waited two thousand years for the only person who can open the portal between their world and this one. Now they have found her and Malachite Smith has one job—to deliver Lily to his King. According to dragon law, only the King and the Dragon Princess together can open the portal and take them home.
But neither Mal nor Lily are prepared for the overwhelming attraction which flares between them. Or for his reluctance to hand her over to a king he despises. Can they stand as one and challenge the old ways, even if it means destroying his people forever?
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Q: Why did you decide to write about a dragon princess? Was there any inspriation or was it just, "Hey! I have a new idea!"?
A: A little bit of both. I had the urge to write a paranormal romance, but I'd just finished a story about vampires and werewolves, so I wanted something different. I love dragons. I'd been reading a lot of fantasy with dragons at the time (Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy and George RR Martin's Game of Thrones) and decided to see how they would translate into a paranormal romance. They worked out greater, though I did make them into shape shifting dragons for a better fit.
Q: Who were the most fun characters you enjoyed writing about and watching develop?
A: Probably the most entertaining character to write was Detective Cole. Cole is a police officer with the metropolitan police in London. I had a great time, seeing how Cole dealt with discovering that dragons are real! He is also my hero's friend, and I loved their interactions.
Q: Who is your favorite character?
A: Hard to say (I don't like to have favorites!) Maybe my hero, Malachite Smith, because he is so gorgeous and he gets to change into a dragon.
Q: What's the book you've had the most fun writing?
A: I think my Blood Hunter Series. They are science fiction romance but with a paranormal twist- sort of vampires in space. The books follow the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the misfit crew of the space ship, the Blood Hunter. The books are total fun to write, because I allow anything to happen!
Q: How long have you been writing? Short stories, poems, novels, anything?
A: I actually started a long time ago when I was working as a volunteer in Africa- I ran out of things to read and resorted to writing my own stories out of desperation. But writing was put aside for many years after I left Africa, and I started again when I moved to Spain. I have been writing seriously now for about six or seven years. I started out writing short stories- I think they are a good training ground as they teach you that every word counts. But I quickly moved on to novels as they are what I like to read.
Q: Who is your favorite author? Do you gain inspiration from them in your writing or do you come up with it all on your own?
A: I am not sure I could pick just one, but some of my favorite authors right now are Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Harlan Coben, Anne Bishop, Susan Elizabeth Phillips... I gain inspiration from them in the sense that they make me want to write better, and general ideas such as, "Hey! I want to write about dragons," but mostly it happens all on its own.
Q: What is your most fun genre to write?
A: I love mixing genres. I write mainly romance but across a number of sub-genres; contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi, sci-fi with paranormal, thrillers with sci-fi...And most fun for me has to be mixing the sci-fi with paranormal, because then, absolutely anything can happen!
Q: Do any of your characters have a person they are based off of?
A: No, I never use real people or even bits of them in my books- I like making things up too much!
Q: Finally, what do you plan on writing about next?
A: At the moment, I am writing a contemporary romance, Taking Control. It is book 3 in my Babysitting a Billionaire series and is about a tough female bodyguard and the man she is assigned to protect. After that, it's editing my Blood Hunter book 5: Blood and Metal.
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