Have you heard of the book Tales of the Wovlen: The Dragon's Son? No, well because it has yet to come out. But I have a treat for you today. I have an interview with the author of this book, Kathryn Fogleman. First, a little about the book:
After the brutal massacre in his village, a broken, grieving boy chooses to live with a golden dragon in the wild rather than go to the mountains to be with his own people. If only he had known then what that simple choice meant… Thirteen years later, Keegan, no longer a boy, learns that his younger sister survived the massacre and so sets off to be reunited with her. When Keegan accidentally interrupts a plot against a princess, what should have been a fairly simple trip turns into a complicated struggle for survival. A mysterious elder appears, full of wit and riddle. Mythical monsters shed their fictional skin and hungrily pursue Keegan and his dragon. Haunting nightmares begin to tear at his mind. As he continues on his quest to be reunited with his sister, Keegan is only just beginning to understand what it means to be The Dragons Son.
This book is a good, clean book for kids and teens. We are currently reading it as a read aloud, and I will have a review for you soon 🙂 Now, here is Kathryn with her answers to some awesome questions!
What inspired you to write The Dragon's Son?
I think it was when I saw the movie "Dragonheart" as a young child. I thought then how unique it was for a man and a dragon to work side-by-side and how rare it was to hear such a story. It had been the first story I had ever heard where a dragon was good, not bad. I decided I wanted to start making stories about good dragons after that.
What is the most challenging part of writing for you?
Actually sitting down, doing it, and then COMPLETEING it. I find that it is very hard for me to complete something. I get a story rolling, and then another idea bursts into my head and I have to turn it into a story and write it down. Then another idea rolls in and I have to write it down, followed by another, and another, and another. I really have to chain my brain down to the book at hand to get anywhere. People can't read my stories if they are only half-way finished!
Who is your favorite author?
This is a mean question. I like many different authors.
I like Frank Peretti and J.R.R. Tolkien because they are really deep, intense, and dark… without being evil. I like to read their work when I am in a darker mood.
I also really like Bryan Davis. I've never seen another author weave a story like he can. He creates a labyrinth and takes his reader on a twisty-turny high paced adventure through it! I read his books when I am in a bold sort of mood and have a lot of energy to burn on adrenaline. I will actually scream at his characters while I am reading, and that burns up a lot of this couch potato’s energy!
What books have influenced you most?
That is a tough question, especially since I read ALL THE TIME.
I think J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit made the most impression as far as solid plots and character building. Frank Peretti probably influenced my writing style the most though.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Minimal. That is what I love about fantasy: you create your own world, people, culture, and history. You make it up. However, that being said, I did use a lot of what I have learned through the years from school and from personal experiences. Take the horses in my book, for example. I have worked with horses for most of my life, so I naturally used what I know about them and put it in my book. There was no research done, but I took a LOT of my own experience and knowledge and put it into the book.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned through this process?
It only took me three years to figure it out, but when I sent my book to the editor I finally learned the cold, hard truth: my editing skills…I've never had them.
When and where do you usually write?
When? Whenever the inspiration hits me, or when I want the inspiration to hit me. Sometimes I just have to sit down and start writing something – anything – to get inspired and start working.
Where? On my bed. My bed and I have a long history of writing together.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to write more books and learn how to sketch people so I can draw my own characters someday in the far, far future.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Sooooo….. you want to be an author?
Step 1: Learn HOW to write. Real writing is not just spelling correctly or knowing how to put a sentence together. Real writing is knowing how to express, describe, and feel things using words. Go read your favorite books and analyze them. Figure out WHY they are your favorites. SEE how the author made it real to you. How did they put the plot together? How did they flesh out their characters?
Step 2: START WRITING! Keep a journal. Write in it everyday. Describe how you feel that day, what happened to make you feel that way, and how it is affecting you. Look at pictures. Write down what you see and how that picture makes you feel. Be detailed! And of course, start writing your stories, whatever they are. Short, long, happy, sad, weird, incomplete – just start writing. Find your groove. And keep it up.
Step 3: FINISH writing. You can't become an actual author unless you publish something, and you can't publish something unless you have something to publish, and you won't have something to publish if you didn't finish writing your story. So FINISH IT! And don't get discouraged. I have to tell myself this often.
Now, a little about Kathryn:
Kathryn learned from a very early age the joys that reading a good book could bring. The fascinating stories from the Bible particularly set her imagination on fire. But it wasn't until she was 10 years old that she learned the real power of the written word. For the first time ever, the imaginary people, worlds, and creatures she saw in her head could finally come to life – on paper. Since then, it has become Kathryn's passion to write. Whether it is humor and thoughts on her personal blog, or the conflicts of the people and worlds in her head, she loves to write it out – for her own enjoyment and the enjoyment of others.
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