Welcome to the official online home of Minot, North Dakota's own bestselling fantasy and paranormal author Selena IR Drake.
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How can I get in touch with you?  
Please visit my contact page for address information.  

When is your next appearance?  
Please visit my events page for the latest. 

Will you write another book set in Ithnez?  
I'm working on it. I actually have books three through nine drafted out, plus two additional interweaving sagas to add to the series. You can learn more about my other projects by visiting my future works page.  

What are you working on now?  
Most of my focus is curently directed towards The AEON Files, but I have done some work on Dragon Diaries: Memorandum. I also have plans to continue Cartouche's investigation into who sent those severed fingers in WEIRD Chronicles: Episode One.
Will there be any movies made from your books?  
I hope so, but I'm honestly more interested in getting The AEON Files turned into an anime series and Dragon Diaries into a video game.  

Where can I get a signed book?  
You can send an unsigned copy you've already purchased to my publisher or buy one already signed from DB&M's Phantom Bazaar. If you're sending a book, please be sure to include return postage and mention who you would like the book signed to.  
Drake Books & Media 
901 62nd Ave NE, Suite B 
Minot, ND 58703 

Will you visit my local bookstore, library, or school?  
I'd be happy to. Most of my time is currenly dedicated to writing, so you'd need to get in touch with my assistant, Cathy, to get something scheduled. She can be reached at assistant@sirdwrites.com or (701) 203-2910. 

Will you read and critique my writing?  
Unfortunately, due to legal concerns, I can't. Plus, my busy schedule doesn't permit me the time to read and appreciate manuscripts. 

Do you have any tips for writers?  
I have an entire page (and a book) dedicated to helping writers. You'll find it here or under the academy tab at the top. 

What are your favorite books?  
It's quite the list: 
Dune by Frank Herbert 
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin 
The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey 
The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen 
The Dragon Quartet series by Marjorie Kellogg 
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan 
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini 
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling 
Where the Wind Blows and The Lake House by James Patterson 
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher 
Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 
Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Chrichton 
and many, many more.  

What inspired you to write Dragon Diaries?  
The short answer goes like this: It's Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey meets Final Fantasy VII. 
McCaffrey's book is about a young girl who raises nine mini-dragons called fire lizards. I read it and immediately wondered how crazy that girl's life would have been if those little lizards were full-grown dragons. And, because Final Fantasy VII had just come out for Playstation, the game inspired many of the details such as "boss fights" to win the dragons and all the elements that made up the twenty-five dragons. 

What inspired you to write The AEON Files?  
A combination of NaNoWriMo, Yu Yu Hakusho, and my Wiccan beliefs. 
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. I found out about it late in 2013, and wanted to participate, but I knew Dragon Diaries: Memorandum would take a lot longer than 30 days and 50,000 words to write. So, while watching the anime Yu Yu Hakusho, I started getting the idea for a cop who specialized in paranormal investigations. Jinx was originally supposed to be a twenty-something detective in the Mabon City Police Department, but I thought that would be rather boring. So I made her a demon with the power over shadows. Then I made her younger and threw in some of the usual "monsters" from the silver screen, and voila! The AEON Files.  

How do you come up with your characters? 
Like many authors, I base some of my characters on people I know. Most of the time, though, I use a modified Dungeons & Dragons character sheet and a D-20 (a 20-sided dice). If I can't think of a trait I want a character to have off the top of my head, I roll the dice for it and base the number on a corresponding chart I made. 
Their names are a different kind of beast, and they come only after I've filled out my character sheet. With everything filled out, I know my character's personality, faults, fears, and desires, and I can use that information to match them to a word that describes them. Then I use babynames.com to look up names with the meaning of that word. 

How do you come up with Kinos Elda for Dragon Diaries? 
The "Nature Tongue" is actually a combination of scrambled English words with some touches of Japanese, Latin, Spanish, and jibberish. Et neregone sul (which translated means: The Dragons' Gate), for example, has a touch of Latin, scrambled English, and jibberish. How I come up with the words, I'm not totally sure. They just have a ring to them that sounds right. What I can tell you for sure is that the language follows the same rules as English