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Mysti: Ben, you fell into the wrong crowd with some other mischievous teens, and on one of your escapades, you found yourself transported into a whole other world. If you had to sit down and tell your Earthbound friends about your journey there, how would you sum it up in one paragraph?
Ben: Not sure how I would to be honest. Although, to be fair, I doubt I’ll be speaking to the guys after what they pulled on me. I know who my real friends are now.
Mysti: Erowin, you're the youngest Dragonkin sister, and you found Ben when he arrived on Draconica. What did you think of him at first?
Erowin: He seemed a little strange at first. His manner of speaking confused me a little bit – but he seemed nice enough. Then I got to know him better and I’m glad that I did. (shies away).
|The Stars of Trapped On Draconica, from left to right: Daniar, Kalak, Ritchie, Erowin, Rana (top), Zarracka, & Ben|
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Daniar: You don’t have to call me Princess – but I appreciate the gesture. I’ve never really told many people this, but when I was young (I think about five or six) I used to play swordfights with the son of one of the Paladins, who are the personal guard of my father. We used fake swords (made of wood) but I really wanted to fight with real swords.
One day, I managed to sneak out a couple of short swords so that me and Anthony could have a real fight. But during the process I accidentally stabbed him at a vital point. As luck would have it, he survived – but when I saw the look of horror and pain on his face, and realised that it was ME that caused it... It traumatised me. I made a promise never to kill anyone because I could not bear to look at someone dying before me.
People may think I’m strange for not killing my enemies – but I don’t believe that life is mine to take. If I can inspire others to think that way then maybe I could make Draconica a better place.
Mysti: Prince Kalak, I confess that I found you hard to stomach at first. Though you did grow on me, and I hope to see you in the next book, I'm still not certain what Daniar sees in you. For the sake of like-minded ladies, if you could start over with her, let's play the dating game: What is your idea of the perfect date?
Kalak: Dates? My people don’t do “dates”. In Leonida, if you see a woman you want – you TAKE her by force. If she fights you off, you’re not worthy of her love, but if YOU can force her into submission...
Daniar: (cutting in) Excuse him. Leonida is a warrior culture and they tend to do things a little... differently there. But in answer to your question as to what I see in him. To tell the truth, I actually wondered that myself at first and only really let him join us because I thought he’d be a good ally against Baalaria. Kalak can be a bit of a thug I won’t lie, but there is a gentle side to him that people just don’t see. He likes to hide his true self under a tough mask – but he’s actually not that bad if you get to know him.
Kalak: I can speak for myself, woman!
Daniar: (sighs hard).
Rana: From Skycrack Mountains, I was able to hear the voices across the world. My Dragonkin abilities give me a greater hearing than most and I hear whispers in the wind. This is how I heard what was going on – and the wars that men started. I learned through this that men are worthless and violent.
I made friends with the hyppagryphs that lived around Skycrack. They can be quite loyal companions if you treat them right. Much like me.
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Zarracka: Firstly, I’m not in the least surprised that I’m your favourite! How can anyone not like someone as likeable, and absolutely gorgeous person like myself. (smiles in a smug way)
Do I really have to answer your question? Oh well, I suppose I should do. Ok, let’s get this over with.
Daniar – She’s easy to torment!
Erowin – Shes easy to beat up!
Rana – She’d make a good ally for when I was Empress.
That answer your question? Good. Now how about you introduce me to that Jayden Ravenwing fellow? He seems quite my type! I like a good, strong man that can look after himself.
Mysti: Err, actually I think he’s spoken for.
Zarracka: Really? Shame. Never mind (looks at Kalak). Hey, Kalak. Fancy spending some time with a REAL woman? (gazes at him with a sultry look and angles her chest).
Daniar: Hey! Get away from my man! (punches Zarracka)
Zarracka: WAAAAGGGGGH! (sniff) I’m telling Daddy!
Mysti: (trying to get order): Last, but definitely not least, let's hear from a real favorite of mine, a talking tiger by the name of Ritchie! As Kalak's companion (I wouldn't call you a pet), you definitely experienced his bad side on more than one occasion, but you remained loyal. What is redeeming about him in your eyes?
Ritchie: Aww, you’re too kind. Yes, I know Kalak can be weally nasty sometimes – but I’ve been with him thwough the good and bad. He’s confided in me his deepest pwoblems so I knew he wasn’t all that bad. Even though he was weally nasty to me, I knew that was just a cover. I could take his abuse because I knew he wasn’t weally like that.
Now that Daniar’s managed to bwing out his gentle side, I think we’ll see a new side of him.
Kalak: Shut your face, furball!
Daniar: Kalak! Don’t be so mean!
Ritchie: Told you! She’ll make a new man of you yet.
Kalak: (under his breath) You are so dead...
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Dan lives in the UK, his hometown being Canterbury, Kent. A huge fan of both Fantasy and Manga, he has a style that combines both within his writing, which lets him tell stories that are both dramatic and tongue-in-cheek at the same time. Dan also runs his own website, blog and even a wiki page that goes into detail of the world of Draconica. He is also a book reviewer, which he does independantly and on his website Read2Review.Authors who have inspired Dan are Douglas Adams, J.R.R Tolkien, Harlan Ellison, Alan Moore, Joss Whedon and Hiromu Arakawa.
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