It’s hard for me to resist a book in the Epic Fantasy genre with dragons on the cover.
Lumina (The Dragonlite Legacy vol. I) by Paddy Tyrrell released in December int he epic fantasy genre.
A generation designed by sorcery to destroy your people. Two races mired in conflict. Can a pair of outcasts unite them against an enemy who would enslave them all?
The birth of ‘bronzite’ babies in Lumina heralds the onset of war. The people take fright at the golden children and banish them from the land. A dangerous move. King Zheldar, commander of the black dragon, is attacking Luman borders. If he wins bronzite support for his army of monsters, Lumina is lost.
Davron Berates cannot share his people’s hatred of the children and, on discovering he has a bronzite brother, sets out to find him. At his side travels Chrystala. A bronzite, she has twice his strength and three times his determination.
When the black dragon kidnaps Chrystala, Davron is faced with a terrible choice: save his friend or save his nation.
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“We go.” Teibera padded to the mouth of the cave. “Meet cubs.”
He raised his head, ears back, closed his eyes and howled a message into the hills. Two white shapes flashed in the distance. The first to arrive shuddered to a halt on sight of the stranger. He was larger than she had ever imagined a wolf could be. Tall and strong, he panted from the race and sized her up with eyes of chestnut brown. His nose twitched to catch her scent.
“Ice, eldest son.”
With a flurry of leaves, a second snow-wolf appeared. Salazai’s heart stopped.
“Wow, you’re beautiful,” she whispered.
“Smallest daughter, Sapphire,” Teibera said proudly. Amber eyes, tipped with snow-white lashes, stared at Salazai. The young wolf’s face was as delicate as the seed puffs that floated in the air around her, her nose black and shiny with health. Her fur was white, only the ears laced with a fringe of gray.
She stared at Salazai and asked, “Our pack?” Salazai glanced at Teibera, who gave a short bark of acknowledgement.
“Yes, Sapphire, your pack,” Salazai said.
The snow-wolf padded forward and licked her legs. Salazai put out her hand, and Sapphire held it gently between her jaws. Salazai stayed calm. It seemed easy to give this animal the trust she begrudged her own people. The wolf released her hand, sniffed her clothes, and licked her face. With her finger, Salazai touched a mark that hung like a black teardrop beneath the snow-wolf‘s eye.
Teibera barked. “Sapphire small, pack rough. Teach fight. Heart of lion.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was raised in Kent, the garden of England, and lived in an Oast House whose round rooms were once used for drying hops. Must be why I’ve enjoyed a drink ever since!
At university, I fell in love with medieval French writing, discovered The Gormenghast Trilogy, and became hooked on fantasy.
I have sailed down the Yangste, survived an earthquake in Cairo, and picnicked in the Serengeti. My travels for work and pleasure have inspired my fantasy world. I now live in France with a naughty Australian Labradoodle, a jealous cat and a squash mad husband. Our two huskies, Ice and Sapphire, are sadly now gone but are transformed into wolves and immortalised in my book. Lumina is my debut novel and the first in a trilogy.
Hi Paddy, and thank you for being here with us today.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I was walking in the woods with my husband and our huskies, and we started throwing around ideas. I have always felt strongly about inequalities of race or gender and wanted that aspect in the book. We were near a pond and there were waterways around us – so lots of dragonflies. I thought of the idea of creating a similar creature (later called a dragonlite) that cleaned dragon scales. The next leap was the idea of the dragonlites biting and injecting pregnant women and creating the bronzite race.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on two projects. Firstly a prequel novella which tells the story of Salazai’s mother who abandoned Salazai as a baby, leaving her in the stall of the king’s stallion:
‘Everyone else feared the black stallion – mark of the devil on him
they said, ever since his fight with the dragon, even if his courage
did save the king. He certainly had the demon’s own temper, snapping, kicking, teeth bared at the slightest approach. All the stable boys kept
well clear of those lashing hooves. Everyone knew none but the king
could ride him.’
Why would she take such a drastic step?
Secondly, volume 2 of The Dragonlite Legacy where Davron searches for a gauntlet to protect him from the Light Star, Chrystala and Rewan struggle to unite bronzites and Lumans, and Salazai seeks out the good dragons to enlist their help in the fight against Kuhla.
What was your job before you started writing full time?
Most of my career was spent in organisational development and training roles with multinationals and I ended up as a Human Resources Director before retiring. The best job for my writing was as Vice President for Training and Development of a luxury hotel chain, which meant I travelled all over the world.
Has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
The environment here in France has had a strong impact. While I was writing Lumina, we lived in the middle of the French wet marshlands. Our land was criss-crossed with waterways, there was a canal at the end of the garden and we were surrounded by wooded marshlands, water channels and fields. There was a green algae on the surface of the waterways and sometimes methane gas would bubble up. These friendly waterways became the dreaded Maugraine Swamp, with gas that could kill and slitherns lurking beneath the surface.
What does your writing space look like?
One of the rooms in our house has become an office and I use this in the winter. Against one wall is a book case that took my husband three days to assemble from a pack! There is a big comfy leather armchair by the window which a friend gave me when they moved back to England, and a TV to help me procrastinate! Our latest acquisition is a tall wooden piece of furniture for filing which has loads of slots I can use and which we found via our local ebay.
In summer I like to use a veranda next to the kitchen. It has vines and grapes twining around the roof, and geraniums along one low wall. It looks out on the garden with wisteria and a fish pond on one side, and down over the woods, the river and valley on the other.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I do a rough outline first, during which I concentrate on the plot. I want to know where the story is heading, who the main characters are, what conflict and obstacles they will face, and how I would like it to finish. After that, I prefer to discover as I go. I did try doing a more detailed outline for book two but found it harder to be creative that way.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
We live at the edge of a French village and have an Australian Labradoodle. She likes us to take her on walks in the countryside, by the lake or at the beach. We helped to create a French/English association and every week put on different activities like quizzes, live music or barbecues and they all take a bit of preparing. The best bit about living in France is eating and drinking the delicious French food and wine with our friends.
Who would you want to be for 1 day and why?
Eleanor of Aquitaine. She became the queen of France, then the queen of England, lead a crusade, was the mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John. Both husbands held her under house arrest because she was uppity and defied their commands. She loved literature and she introduced the concept of chivalry and courtly love to England. She transformed knights from brutal thugs to chivalrous nobles doing brave deeds while seeking out the woman they would love faithfully forever!
Pen or computer.
At first I always preferred pen and paper – I seemed to be more relaxed and creative that way – but now I have got so used to sitting at the computer it is no longer the barrier it once was. Also after finishing the first book, I have taken to using Scrivener. The effort involved in redrafting or moving scenes while in Word had been such a nightmare but with Scrivener I can juggle things around more easily.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
More than I’d like! The first is amazingly hard to see but the most dangerous – a bikini scar from undiagnosed peritonitis in my twenties. No babies after that but I was still alive when it seems I shouldn’t have been!
Two scars on my knees for knee replacements. That did for my tennis which I loved! The first was all right but the second a year ago has been a real nuisance.
My latest scar was only in December. I tripped over (and no I hadn’t been sampling the French wine) and smashed my brow onto a metal runner at the base of an open door. Eight stitches, a brain scan and a night in hospital. Still trying to patch that one up.
What errand/chore do you despise the most?
I used to hate cooking when I was working. Living in France forced me to learn (ready meals don’t really exist here). So now I quite enjoy trying out recipes but still hate all the preparation, particularly pealing and chopping vegetables. So boring!
Up early or sleep in?
A definite sleep in person. While I was working I often had to get up at 5.30am or 6.00am to commute. Now I love to lie in.
Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth?
It’s a toss up between the middle of the Serengeti or the Amazon jungle. In the Serengeti we stayed in a tent and one night the local guides rushed us inside and told us not to come out as there were buffalos all around. We could hear the animals snuffling around the tent and when my husband woke in the middle of the night he was convinced one of them had got into the shower area. He bravely peeked over the sheet dividing the bathroom from our bed, then sent it crashing to the ground. Fortunately the buffalos were outside still. The next morning we were up early and drove even further into the Serengeti. Our guide circled around checking out the area for danger and then served us a picnic breakfast amongst the wildlife.
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