• Q: Was Dracula a historical character?
  • A: Yes. He was born in Transylvania (at that time a province of Hungary) in the first half of 15th century, and ruled the principality of Wallachia (presently part of Romania). He disappeared without a trace, under mysterious circumstances, in the second half of the 15th century.

  • Q: Was Dracula his real name?
  • A: No. Dracula, which means roughly “Son of the Dragon”, was the nickname he earned at an early age (Book One, Son of the Dragon). Dracula’s baptism name was Vlad.

  • Q: I’ve heard Dracula also referred to as “Vlad the Impaler“. What is the explanation for that?
  • A: “Dracula” was the nickname given to Vlad by people who admired him. “Impaler” was the nickname given to him by those who feared him.

  • Q: Was Dracula a count, as described by Bram Stoker in his novel “Dracula”?
  • A: No. Dracula was born to the Wallachian Royal House of Basarab.  At the time he ruled Wallachia, Dracula’s title was that of “voivode”, which in the Wallachia of the 15th century was equivalent to “king”.

  • Q: Is Dracula Chronicles an “origin” story?
  • A: It is an “origin and life” story, but also much more. Dracula Chronicles follows Dracula’s life from the moment of his coming of age at 14 until his mysterious disappearance decades later.

  • Q: My children are avid readers of adventure books. Is Dracula Chronicle appropriate for children?
  • A: I would rate Dracula Chronicle PG 14, because of sexual situations and violence.

  • Q: Dracula has the reputation of being a brutal ruler and warrior. As a female reader, would I be right to assume Dracula Chronicles is a “guys’ book”?
  • A: Absolutely NOT!  Yes, Dracula was those things, and male readers of all ages will find his courage, cunning, and strategic skills thrilling. But Dracula was also a consummate lover. He was a born heart-breaker, well-built, with unusually bright-green eyes, and flowing black hair. I am confident that female readers will find him and his amorous conquests compelling.

  • Q: When and where can I buy Dracula Chronicles?
  • A: Publication of Book One, Son of the Dragon, is scheduled for the winter of 2012. At the time of publication, I will post links on this site to the outlets carrying the book.

  • Q: Will Dracula Chronicles be available in paper print?
  • A: In the beginning Dracula Chronicles will be available only in electronic format, as .mobi (Kindle), ePub (iPad & iPhone), and other eBook formats. If the demand for a paper version is significant, it will be published in that form as well.

  • Q: When will other books in the Dracula Chronicle series  be published?
  • A: Book Two is scheduled for 2013. Then I intend to publish a book every year until the entire story is told.

  • Q: What is the meaning of the dragon on the cover of Dracula Chronicles?
  • A: The image represents the insignia of Emperor Sigismund’s Order of the Dragon, who numbered Dracula’s father among its senior members. However, as revealed in Book One, the meaning of the dragon goes far beyond that of an insignia.

  • Q: Dracula lived in a time of continual conflict between Christianity and Islam. Does Dracula Chronicles take sides in this conflict?
  • A: Absolutely not. Dracula Chronicles is a story in which good and evil characters are present on both sides. To the extent possible, I have tried to present the clash of these two cultures from both points of view.

  • Q: I heard that you have changed the names of some of the historical characters in Dracula Chronicles. If this is a historical novel, why not use the real names?
  • A: The names found in Eastern Europe may be difficult to pronounce and remember for readers from other parts of the world. I modified some of the names in order to reduce my readers’ “name fatigue”. However, knowing that some inquisitive readers may wish to google these characters, I provided a key to all name alterations in a section at the end of the book called “Who is Who and What is What in Dracula Chronicles”. This section can be reached through the book’s interactive Table of Contents.

  • Q: Will I have difficulties following Dracula Chronicles because of my limited familiarity with the peoples, languages, religions and powers operating in the region during Dracula’s lifetime?
  • A: I anticipate many readers would have the same concerns. Therefore I am providing an easy guide to those topics in a section at the end of the book called “The Story World of Dracula Chronicles”. This section can be reached through the book’s interactive Table of Contents.

  • Q: Sometimes when I read a historical novel I become confused about the geography of the region, especially when the names and borders of the various countries have changed over the years. Should I anticipate this problem with Dracula Chronicles?
  • A: I have the same problem with some books. In Dracula Chronicles I am providing maps identifying the places where the action takes place. They are included in a section at the end of the book called “The Maps of Dracula Chronicles”. This section can be reached through the book’s interactive Table of Contents.

  • Q: Historical novels tend to introduce many characters whose relationship is sometime hard to follow. How do you deal with this problem in Dracula Chronicles?
  • A: In Dracula Chronicles I am providing family trees for the most important characters in a section at the end of the book called “The Houses of Dracula Chronicles”. This section can be reached through the book’s interactive Table of Contents.

  • Q: What makes Dracula stand so far above other medieval rulers that his fame survives to this day, more than 500 years later?
  • A: Dracula was a highly educated and enlightened ruler, who spoke 8 or 9 languages. He was as much at home reading the Roman and Greek philosophers in the original, as reading theQur’an in Arabic, or Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, The Book of Kings, in Persian. Yet, Dracula’s linguistic, philosophical, and literary bent, did not prevent him from being a ruthless master when it came to law and order in his kingdom of Wallachia. But what secured Dracula a place among the most towering personalities of all times was his daring and imaginative way of defending the freedom of his people, and of dealing with the enemies of his land. Such other world-renowned personalities, like Ivan the Terrible and Niccolò Machiavelli, found inspiration in the life and deeds of Dracula.

  • Q: I’ve read of many atrocities and dastardly deeds attributed to Dracula. Are those accounts true?
  • A: When a ruler punishes harshly an evil doer, to the friends and relatives of the condemned the act appears as an atrocity. The same brutal punishment would be considered by others as earned retribution. It has been Dracula’s misfortune that the accounts of his deeds be written by his enemies. Consequently, Dracula’s image, as passed on to subsequent generations by writers ill-disposed towards him, needs to be regarded with skepticism.

  • Q: Was Dracula a vampire, as many believe to be the case?
  • A: Dracula was extreme in everything he did. When he fell in love, he risked gallantly his life for the women he loved. When he was wronged, he pursued his enemies to the ends of the earth. When he bestowed loyalty upon his friends, it was forever. A person of such excessive drives is apt to commit acts incomprehensible to ordinary observers around him. Many of Dracula’s contemporaries felt he was a creature not of this world. As his story unfolds over the many volumes comprising the Dracula Chronicles, you too will witness unusual acts committed by Dracula; you will experience his passions, his torments, his despair, and his moments of ecstasy; you will be inside his mind, when he is awake and when he is in the grips of nightmares. Then, when you know Dracula as well as he knew himself, you will be the one to answer the question: Was Dracula a being from our own world, or one from the world of the immortal?

2 Comments so far.

  1. Chloe Depiro says:

    As in the case of blue eyes, the color of green eyes does not result simply from the pigmentation of the iris. Rather, its appearance is caused by the combination of an amber or light brown pigmentation of the stroma, given by a low or moderate concentration of melanin, with the blue tone imparted by the Rayleigh scattering of the reflected light….

    Have a good week

    • Victor says:

      It is interesting that the prophecy in Chapter, foretelling the birth of Dracula, says this about his eyes: “And behold, the woman died and brought forth a man-child with eyes of emerald in the day and gold in the night…” Since “gold” can be interpreted as “amber” I find your explanation intriguing. What’s your take?

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