Interview: Jocelyn Drake (The Asylum Tales)

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Hello and Welcome All!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jocelynn Drake, author of The Asylum Tales.

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Hi Jocelynn, thank you for agreeing to this interview. For those readers not Jocelynn Drakefamiliar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a Midwestern native who spends most of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book. When I’m not working on a book, I can be found cuddling with my cat Demona, walking my dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, pets, and video games, I am completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, fast cars, and Anthony Bourdain (but only when he’s feeling really cranky).

How do you relax?

I stretch out on the couch with my husband on one side of me, my large dog on the other, a cat draped across my legs, and Futurama on the TV. After a few minutes, my mind goes blissfully blank.


Where do you get your ideas?

My imagination and life around me.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Writing the story. The ideas, world, dialogue and characters are pouring out of your brain faster than you can get the words on the page.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Getting the story right.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

I’d like to go drinking with Oscar Wilde. He seems like a fun, amusing guy. It would probably be a good time.


If you had to summarize the series for the readers here:

The Asylum Tales follows a former warlock-in-training who has now become a tattoo artist in Low Town. Gage has an amazing ability for finding trouble, especially when he’s trying so hard to avoid it. While the warlocks and witches of the Ivory Towers are trying to keep the world under their thumb, Gage is fighting the Grim Reaper to protect a dying woman, save his girlfriend from elves trying to kidnap or kill her, avoid ogres and their mafia boss, all while hiding – unsuccessfully – from the life he left behind.  While wandering through Low Town with Gage, you will met vampires, elves, trolls, ogres, werewolves, gargoyles, succubi, pixies, and minotaurs. It’s tough being a human in a magical world. That’s why you’re local tattoo artist is there to help. 

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?

Dead Man’s DealThe Asylum Tales didn’t have any scenes where I cried, though I seriously teared up in Dead Man’s Deal and again in Inner Demon. However, there was a pair of deaths in Pray for Dawn and especially in Wait for DuPray for Dawnsk (the Dark Days series) where I cried while writing. I get attached to many of my characters and it hurts when I can’t save them. That and I’ve got a weak spot for Gage. The warlock has got a good heart.

10 Quick Things About Jocelynn Drake

Favorite Food? Mashed potatoes

Favorite Drink? Iced tea with a little sugar


Favorite Color? Black. No, blue. No, red. Err…. Not green

Favorite Book? Sandman Slim

Favorite Season? Winter, it’s finally comfortable temperature to get back to the beach.winter-forest-sunset

Favorite Online Hangout? None. I’d rather be reading or writing.

Favorite Animal? A big cat 

Favorite Band or Musician? Nine Inch Nails or Tori Amos


Favorite Vacation Destination? Anywhere with no Internet, no deadlines, no snow, and ample books.

Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time? Doctor Who or M*A*S*H



Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.



By day, Jocelynn Drake is a clean-cut financial editor, picking apart stories about Wall Street and the global markets. But in her free time, she writes about a dark underworld where vampires and warlocks rule. 

The author of Dark Days and Asylum Tales series, she lives in Florida with her husband, dog, and cat. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s usually hiding from the sun by playing video games.


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Demon’s Fury 

The Asylum Tales 

Book 3.1

Jocelynn Drake 

Demon's FuryPublisher: Harper Voyager Impulse 

Release Date: October 14, 2014




Book Description:

Jocelynn Drake continues her successful urban fantasy series, Asylum Tales, with Demon’s Fury, set in a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires walk free among humanity.

Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters – but at a price. 

Now he must join forces with his nemesis Gideon to stop an unknown entity who is using old magic to commit gruesome murders. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists.


Buy Link: Amazon



Demon’s Vow 

The Asylum Tales 

Book 3.2

Jocelynn Drake 

9780062359414_88accPublisher: Harper Voyager Impulse 

Release Date: October 21, 2014

ISBN 006235941X 

ISBN13: 9780062359414

Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake continues her urban fantasy series with the second installment of the Final Asylum Tales, Demon’s Vow.



Book Description:

Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. 

When Gage discovers the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt – including his girlfriend, Trixie.


Buy Link: Amazon



Inner Demon 

The Asylum Tales 

Book 3.3

Jocelynn Drake  

Inner DemonPublisher: Harper Voyager Impulse 

Release Date: October 28, 2014

ISBN 0062359428 

ISBN13: 9780062359421



Book Description:

Gage is a powerful warlock in Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, goblins, and vampires walk free among humanity. But there are two dangerous entities murdering families and children, and Gage needs to stop them before anybody else gets hurt.

When Gage discovers a demon locked away it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom – a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy … except he’s running out of time.


Buy Link: Amazon




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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

4 comments on “Interview: Jocelyn Drake (The Asylum Tales)

  1. That sounds like a pretty great way to let your mind go blissfully blank. Here it’s herd cats/dog and NCIS. Perfect 🙂

    • That is a fabulous way to relax. Here it’s a book in my lap the dog on the floor under my feet and something playing on the TV maybe Castle or NCIS! Thank’s for stoping by Anna.

  2. Great interview. I have the first book on my Kindle to read, just haven’t had the time to start yet.

    • Hi Melanie, Glad you enjoyed the interview. I love doing them. It brings us closer to the authors we love and enjoy. I have not tried Jocelyn’s work yet, but hope to get a chance. The books sound good.