I’m honored to be on The Angels Pearl for an interview. Read the excerpt below and check out the full interview on The Angels Pearl.
1. What inspired you to write The Last of the Firedrakes?
I started thinking about this story nearly ten years ago. Building the world of Avalonia, whenever I got time. The actual world creation started with a tapestry in my grandmother’s house. One day I stood before it and wondered, what if I could step into the tapestry, where would I end up? And so the world of Avalonia sprang into existence.
From then on, the person who stepped into the tapestry was a young 16-year-old girl who didn’t know who she really was, her name was Aurora, and this is her story.
JK. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Diana Wynne Jones’ magical worlds, Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books, Ursula le Guinn’s Earthsea Quartet and J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan are some of the books that have in some way contributed towards my love for magical adventures and fantasy worlds and inspired me to write fantasy for young people. These books, including many others, inspired me to write a story that would combine the best of all I had learned, and so The Last of the Firedrakes started to take shape.
2. In the writing process, who was your favorite character and why?
I would have to say Rafe. He is the quintessential hero, the knight in shining armor, but mysterious and dangerous with secrets of his own. I think the hardest part of writing his character is to show how he feels through Aurora’s eyes. We can’t see into his head and I wanted the readers to discern his emotions just like Aurora has to.