The official online home of North Dakota's own bestselling fantasy and paranormal author, Selena IR Drake
Fun FAQs
Selena Inali Raynelif Drake is a martial arts enthusiast, a Wiccan with Cherokee roots, and an award-winning artist. She took to writing as a child as a way to escape the boredom of school and living in rural North Dakota. Today, she writes about psychic teenage sleuths and bio-engineered dragons. 
 
She currently lives in Minot with her dog, Pipsqueak, where she continues to work on more books of The AEON Files and Dragon Diaries series.
Favorite color: 
     Turquoise, magenta, royal purple,
     and black

Least favorite color:
     Yellow, brown

Favorite food:
     Chinese, pizza, and cheesecake

Least favorite food:
     Oranges and any sea food

Favorite animal:
     Dragon, dog, wolf, tiger

Favorite holiday:
     Samhain (Halloween)

Least favorite holiday:
     Christmas (doesn't celebrate it)

Favorite sport:
     Archery and Mixed martial arts

Number of tattoos:
     Seventeen (she wants more!)

"Day job"/occupation:
     Artist, sometimes a mechanic and
     model

Celebrity crush:
     Mirai Trunks (Dragonball z)

Other languages spoken:
     a little Spanish and Japanese

Biggest fear:
     Insects (especially bees & spiders), 
     heights, and talking on the phone

Who is your biggest inspiration?:
     Anne McCaffrey

What do you read?:
     I like sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal books, so things like Harry Potter, Dune, and The Dresden Files take up most of my shelf space.

Dawn of a Life-Long Passion
Drake was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. Her family members include her parents, David and Cathy, and her elder brother, Nick. 
 
She was home schooled for a few years before first grade, which is when she first took to writing. When she finally entered the school system, she often got in trouble for writing too much. It wasn’t until eighth grade when a book report sparked her imagination, and her passion for writing really took off. In 1998, she started writing Dragon Quest, which would later become her first novel. 

Publishing History
It took over ten years, and several complete rewrites for Dragon Quest to evolve into what became Drake’s first novel, Dragon Diaries: Ascension. Ascension was self-published December 2010. It’s sequel, Culmination, was published in June 2012. 
 
During the later months of 2014, Drake decided to combine Ascension and Culmination into one novel titled Dragon Diaries: The Return of the Dragon Keepers. This new version contains an all new beginning and was published February 19, 2015. 
 
The Demon Within sprang into existence during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November of 2013. Intended to be just a one-off, Drake’s love of the characters and the paranormal, kept adding idea after idea. And thus, The AEON Files was born. The Lycan Pharaoh joined the series in 2014, after Drake participated in Camp NaNo. The sequel was followed by The Lullaby Shriek and The Bone Prophet.

April of 2016 saw the re-release of The Demon Within, now written entirely from Jinx’s perspective. in the twilight years of 2017, the book was re-titled The Glass Shadow to alieviate confusion with other similarlly-titled media.

Drake has said that there are a minimum of eight more books still to add to the series -- not counting a two-book branch saga featuring the popular character, Sin.

She promises to get back writing to the remaining six books of Dragon Diaries... ... ... eventually.