One more look into the world of dragon shifters and their writers, with an interview with LC Alleyne.
~ Author interview ~
What is it about dragons that made your muse decide ‘this is what we’re writing!’?
I’ve always loved fantasy novels ever since reading Lord of the Rings and Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. The endless “what if?” possibilities just set my mind on these wonderful, fantastic plot lines.
Dragons have this “I’m the best” attitude, which makes me laugh and shake my fists at the same time, LOL. Transpose that into a shifter, and well…you got yourself a character that needs to be knocked down a peg or two!
And I admit, I wonder what it would be like to date a guy who can shift into a fire-breathing lizard with wings O.o Would I run away? Smack him for scaring the crap out of me? Faint?? I honestly don’t know. That’s the kind of indecision I like to have my human characters go through.
But hey, dragons! They breath fire! And they can FLY! :D
Does your story/series take place on Earth, or is it in a different dimension/world? Are dragons ‘out’ in your world
My Lords of Lysuhóll series takes place on Earth, as my world-building skills for other planets is not the greatest, though I’d like to work on it. My boys are Icelandic. They keep their dragon selves under wraps; that part of them is strictly private. The only humans who know about their other half are their mates. Although there is an exception – in Dragon Reborn, Thorsson is Bal’s security guard. He knows the brothers are also dragon shifters because of an historic connection between his family and Bal’s.
If by some weird piece of bad luck someone saw one of them transform, they would deny it. Having humans learn of their special powers doesn’t sit well with them. However…during the Viking Era, their father earned his hoard by accepting valuables and presents from Viking royalty – he was considered their good luck charm when they went on a journey. The father also protected the Vikings during invasions. But the Vikings didn’t know his human identity, so the father managed to keep his dragon shifter identity a secret as well. So it is a personal choice. I haven’t delved too deeply into the past with this series, but a reader expressed interest in learning more, so I might do that in the near future.
Are there traditional characteristics you absolutely wanted your dragons to have, or did you want to give them new abilities or powers?
My dragons are traditional bad boys. Flight, fire, scales. Their coloring matches their eye color. They love their scaly half, and transform when they can. They don’t show off their abilities; that’s not their style, and they are secretive after all. They also “talk” to their other half – it’s not a consistent thing though. Their dragon will communicate only when necessary, like when they find their mate or need to defend themselves.
What’s the ‘fun’ part about writing dragons?
The fun part is having them transform and do what they need to do to protect their ladies (I don’t want to give too much away). They do transform during their stories when it’s necessary. Although that can be a bit tricky, describing what they’re going through as they transform, but I want the reader to experience it, as well as understanding why they transform; whether to defend or just the sheer joy of all that incredible power flowing through them. The other tricky part, since the human and dragon reside together, is how they might fight for control if the dragon wants to emerge and kick ass, LOL.
Are there other paranormal beings you enjoy writing?
I’m working on a series of supernatural females fighting evil in the human world. The first book is written and gone through first edits. I have to find the time to sit down and go through them. But I’m SO looking forward to working on this series!
I also have an old first draft of a story based on an alien; I’ll have to dig that up and see if it has potential!
I also have a werewolf story that’s on a backburner. I have a rough outline and started writing it, but I found out quickly I can’t work on 2 projects at once, so it’ll have to wait. :P
Do you have an all-time favorite dragon from movies, TV or books?
Reign of Fire with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. Very stark and a vivid idea of what could happen to our world if dragon took over.
How to Train your Dragon. This was a fantastic animated movie!
And the Hobbit with Smaug, especially the 2nd DVD. Beautiful CGI rendering, and a dragon that didn’t put up with anyone or anything. This was an arrogant dragon, haha!
Books – Temeraire by Naomi Novik. An amazing blend of fantasy and alternate reality, where dragons fight during the Napoleonic Wars. I need to re-read this series!
TV – How to Train your Dragon animated series.
Savage Dragon This was an old cartoon from the 80s or 90s, about a dragon who was a cop. It wasn’t half bad! It’s also a comic book series, but darker I think.
Thank you for having me on your blog! It was a lot of fun answering your questions!
Thank you for playing with me!
And to let you know, DRAGON REDEEMED, book 2, will be out this year (earlier than later I hope!)
I'll keep an eye out for it!
~ Blurb: Dragon Reborn ~
Balthazar Andal lost his dragon scale centuries ago in a fight against his brother, shifting him permanently into a human. He has spent decades searching for it to no avail. As a wealthy business investor, he uses his financial influence to bring in archeological groups to assist in his search. Without the scale, he barely controls his dragon spirit Bal, who threatens to overpower him. If Balthazar is not careful in maintaining his restraint, they’ll die.
Archeologist Eva Haraldsdóttir discovers an Icelandic artifact that Balthazar Andal is very interested in, and during a charity event, she explains its importance. Eva is intrigued by Mr. Andal’s knowledge of history, and even more so with the handsome businessman.
An unexpected assault on her life propels Eva into Balthazar’s world of ancient folklore and disturbing legends. The strange noises coming from his basement reveals a truth that Eva never expects, and she must decide—either run away and allow Balthazar to fade into myth, or overcome her instinctive fears to help him reclaim his true identity.
~ About the author ~
LC Alleyne started writing on a dare and hasn’t looked back. She is a fantasy author who adds romance and suspense to create compelling stories. She divides her time between work, reading, writing and watching her favorite television shows like Sherlock, Supernatural and Killjoys. While she currently works at a full-time corporate job, the siren call of the written word ensnares her in its grasp, and LC hopes to score her dream of becoming a full-time author.
LC also writes as Charlene Roberts to indulge her love of Regency romances.
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