Dragon by Midnight
by Karen Kincy
Releasing on September 1, 2021
When the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella turns into a dragon.
Prince Charming vows not to marry her, but to kill her. Cinderella’s only hope? Sikandar, a sorcerer banished from a faraway land, who promises to break the dragon curse. Even at her most beastly, he finds beauty within her. But he’s hiding his own dark past, and saving Cinderella might be his last chance of redemption.
Together, Cinderella and Sikandar must untangle dangerous secrets and deadly magic before happily ever after is forever out of reach.
Karen Kincy writes books when she isn’t writing code. She has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College, and an MS in Computational Linguistics from the University of Washington.
Karen is a PAN member of RWA.
Congratulations on your next book! What inspired you to write Dragon by Midnight?
Thanks for the congrats! For Dragon by Midnight, it was absolutely the collision of Cinderella + dragon that sparked the book. She’s such a proper, good, gentle girl in the original fairytale. She’s required to be good and pretty in order to win her happily ever after, as opposed to her wicked and ugly stepsisters. She has very little agency, but her inner niceness shines through. Things just kind of happen to her. What would happen if Cinderella couldn’t rely upon being passive and pretty anymore? What if she’s turned into a dragon, and nobody wants her anymore, least of all Prince Charming?
What was your favorite part of writing Dragon by Midnight?
The dialogue between Cinderella and Sikandar was a favorite to write. Especially when she’s insisting she’s too prim and proper to actually do dragonish things. There’s a scene with a magically floating chocolate cake I especially love. Sikandar is something of a cinnamon roll, too, which was fun, especially since characters expect him to be an evil sorcerer.
What can readers expect from your main character, Cinderella?
She starts off thinking she understands the world she lives in, and why she’s being treated the way she has been by her stepfamily. She’s used to being relatively sweet and innocent. After she turns into a dragon at the ball, she’s reluctant to fly or breathe fire. And she would never dream of harming woodland creatures for her breakfast. At least, at first.
If you could have your book turned into anything (movie, TV show, Broadway musical, dance number, etc.), what would it be and why?
I would love to see a Netflix show or movie made out of Dragon by Midnight. They better have a great special effects budget.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write exactly what you want to read! Find the ideas and tropes that you love so hard you can’t stop thinking about them, and save them for your own stories.
What do you hope readers take away from Dragon by Midnight?
Honestly I hope it’s an entertaining escape for most readers! Fantasy lets me get away from the world, especially when the world is being awful (see: 2020). Readers, let me know if you loved the book, since that helps me know what to write next. Like maybe the sequel a little sooner.