Pandragon Dan

Pandragon Dan

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Character Interview with Zarracka Dragonkin

Hey guys - my character Zarracka Dragonkin was featured in an interview on Tsukime Reads and Reviews recently. Thought it would be fun to share it with you guys!

 

Here, Zarracka tells all - from what she looks for in a man, how she got her name - and even how she feels about being paired up with a famous Disney Princess.

 

Can Tsukime survive this interview without being frozen? Read on and find out! Click on the picture below to be taken to the interview!

 

 

 

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A Special Draconican Christmas Story

Well, with Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to do a little something special today. A sort of thank you to all the authors, readers, bloggers and artists that have supported me in my quest to become a recognised author in the Fantasy world. To all the new fans I have found, all the conventions I've done this year - and even the Abbey School, Faversham for letting me do a little talk about my work. Thanks for all the support you've given me this year, and the year before that.

 

So, as a special Christmas present to you, I managed to get the villaness of Trapped on Draconica to give you all a special treat!

 

 

 

 

Not only that, but I also would like to share with you this little story I wrote - a kind of Draconica Christmas story - whereby Zarracka learns the TRUE meaning of Christmas (or does she?) You can read the story for free at the link below!

 

 

A DRACONICA CHRISTMAS STORY

 

 

Once again, a HUGE thank you for everyone that has supported me this year. And a huge thanks to all the artists that have worked with me on my books - Alexis M Centeno, Dennis Kamega Saputra and Brenna Albert. Without you guys, I would not have such amazing covers for my books.

 

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to every one of you!

 

 

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PANDRAGON

 

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The Legend of the Yuki-onna

When looking for inspiration for characters in my books, I tend to draw a lot from mythology and/or folklore. This way I don’t feel like I’m borrowing too much from other Fantasy stories (although they tend to use inspiration from this as well) and it also means I sometimes discover some mythological stories that I never heard of before – but find ways of integrating them into my story.

One such story was the legend of the Yuki-onna, which is a Japanese folklore myth. Her name basically translates as “snow woman” (sometimes snow witch) and she is almost like the Japanese equivalent of a succubus. She appears as a female spirit during heavy snow storms (usually a beautiful woman) with pale skin, black hair and cold lips, mostly she appears in some kind of dress or kimono. Depending on which story you read about her, she is either a friendly spirit that helps travellers through heavy snow, or a relentless hag that freezes men with either her breath or a kiss. Sometimes, she even seduces men with the intention of killing them and other times she bursts into houses and freezes the people inside. In a few other versions, she has been seen as a ghost holding a child (leading to some speculation that she is the spirit of a woman that died protecting her baby) and in this instance she is very protective around children.

 

Yuki-onna is very popular in Manga and Fantasy based video games, with versions appearing in Final Fantasy, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rosaria + Vampire, Dokki Dokki Doctor and even Pokemon. The appearance of a black haired woman with white skin has also been used in a few Asian horror movies – like The Grudge or Ring.

 

There are quite a few myths about the Yuki-onna, but the most famous one (which has been adapted into films and books) is this one:

 

Basically, it goes that two men (one old and one young) encounter the Yuki-onna during a heavy snow storm. The Yuki-onna freezes the old man, but spares the young man (finding him beautiful). However, she threatens him that if he ever tells anyone about he, she will kill him. Years later, the man marries a beautiful woman and lives happily with her, eventually they have children together. Amazingly, the woman doesn’t age and looks strangely familiar to the man. He recounts with her the memory of when he met the Yuki-onna and tells her the story.

 

You can probably guess what happens next. Be ready with that dramatic music!

 

The woman reveals that SHE is the Yuki-onna and reminds him of the promise he made. However, she doesn’t kill him because a) Technically he never broke his promise as he told her and no one else; and b) She is concerned with the safety of her children. She disappears but threatens that she will return to punish him if he ever mistreats their children. Fortunately, the man is a loving father and she never returns again. In some versions, it ends with the man dying of old age, his children at his side, and he goes to meet the Yuki-onna in Heaven – where they live out the rest of eternity together, watching over their children.

 

I kinda found this concept quite interesting – the fact that a creature like this can be cold and spiteful, but also loving and protective. It’s a trait that you don’t get with many succubus stories (because traditionally succubus’s are only concerned with seducing men with the intention of killing them), so this is why I think this story stands out a little for me.

 

In actual fact, the Yuki-onna was actually a big inspiration for one of my characters in Trapped on Draconica – Zarracka Dragonkin, and I did take a lot of influences from the folklore. She is a woman that possesses ice breath and tends to use her beauty to get what she wants. And she is also extremely cold hearted and enjoys tormenting her enemies. She doesn’t really have that much of a soft side though – at least not at the moment.

 

Yuki-onna I think is one of the more underrate folklore stories – unless you read a lot of Japanese mythology and I believe that the above story shows both sides of the Yuki-onna’s personality very well. It’s a good love story as much as it is a chilling (pardon the expression) ghost story.

 

Thanks for reading. Do feel free to leave a comment below.

 

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Character Interviews - Zarracka Dragonkin

Ok guys, here, as promised, is the first in a series of character interviews of the characters in the book Trapped on Draconica. Here I get a chance to speak to the characters you've come to know and love from reading the books - allowing you a greater insight into their motivations.

 

Each character will be asked 12 standard questions and 3 character specific questions - based on the top questions that have been emailed to me. Makes it more interesting that way.

 

So without further ado, let's get started by asking some questions. This week we interview the villainess of the book, Zarracka Dragonkin!

In this interview, the questions will be highlighed in bold and the character voices will be in italics.

 

1) Where were you born?

Brittana, St Geordia – Next stupid question!

 

2) How many are there in your family?

I have two sisters (Daniar and Rana) and a step sister (Erowin, whose a filthy eastern born girl). Oh, and there’s my father of course – a stupid old man.

 

3) What’s your relationship with your family?

Are all these questions going to be this dull? What do you think – I HATE them! I hate them all. They never treated me with the respect I deserved! I was the favourite of Mother and Father until they came along – then my parents barely noticed me! Well, I’ll show them. I’ll show them all! Especially Daniar!

 

4) What do you do for a living?

I’m a Princess – so you’d better show me the proper respect or I’ll ice you where I stand!

 

5) Do you have any hobbies/activities that you enjoy doing?

I don’t have time for such trivial things! I’m too busy planning my next move to destroy Daniar and then take over the world. And with the help of the Baalarian Empire, I might just do that.

 

6) Have you got any special skills?

What are you, stupid? I’m a DRAGONKIN, you cretin! Of course I have special skills! *sigh* I suppose you want me to tell you what they are?

Let’s see... I can fly, I’m stronger than any human, I can breathe ice, I’m cleverer than any human alive – oh, and did I mention that men fall in love with me the moment they see me?

 

7)  What is your marital status (ie, married, single, divorced, etc)

Oh, I’ve had plenty of men before in my time – but I don’t think there is a man alive who can handle me!

 

8) What do you look for in a partner?

I’m a simple girl really and I want the same thing in a man that every woman wants. Rich, handsome – and completely submissive to my every want and desire!

 

9) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Not a damn thing. I’m perfect enough as I am!

 

10) What is your greatest fear?

Your questions are really starting to irritate me! I don’t fear anything! Well, accept maybe dying al... wait, why am I telling you that?

 

11) Tell us something about yourself that no one else might know about you.

You want to know something about me? Maybe one of my deepest secrets? Ok, I’ll tell you. The thing that no one else knows about me is... NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS!

I mean, honestly! Do you really think I would tell you my deepest secrets to you? If I did, I’d have to kill you afterwards. Do you want that? Because I can do it if you want. (smiles wickedly).

 

12) What do you want most in life?

What do you think I want? I want Daniar to suffer. I want complete domination of the world. I want Father to admit that I was the better child. I want everyone to love and worship me.

But most of all I want to stop being asked these ridiculous questions and maybe have a nice cup of wine to relax.


CHARACTER SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:

What? I have to answer MORE questions? Hhhmmmppph, fine let’s get this over with!

 

1) Why are your boobs always hanging out?

Authors note: We had to explain to Zarracka what this meant as boobs is not a word that is used in Draconica.

As the old saying goes, if you have beauty you should show it off. And I can’t be blamed if I have such a perfectly divine body that I want everyone to see it.

But not only that, when I’m breathing in to use my ice breath, where do you think the men are going to look? That’s right, my chest! That way I can give them one last bit of pleasure before I give them pain.

Does that answer your question? Or would you prefer a more practical demonstrations? (winks at interviewer - who sits nervously)

 

2) Why do you hate Daniar so much?

Why do I hate Daniar so much? WHY DO I HATE DANIAR SO MUCH? Why do you think? She’s pompous, stuck up witch who thinks she’s better than anyone. She always has to get involved in things that don’t concern her and “help the innocent!” And everyone loves her for it! But what about me? Daniar isn’t beautiful or celestial like I am – why is no one worshipping me?

Ever since Daniar was born she took attention away from my Father and he practically ignored me! Me, the most beautiful thing in the world!

I hate Daniar because she doesn’t deserve it! She’s responsible for the death of our mother and yet SHE gets all the attention? How fair is that?

Great, now I’m all wound up! Where’s that wine?



3) What’s so bad about this Goblin Queen game? Why did you freak out when Ben mentioned it?

Goblin Queen? GOBLIN QUEEN?!?

 

Authors note: From here on, Zarracka went on a rampage and started smashing everything up, screaming wildly and summoning a blizzard. We had to evacuate the area – but thankfully no one was hurt. I guess we aren’t going to get an answer to that last one.

 

Well that's it for this week. Thanks to Zarracka for "stopping by". Next week we'll have a special interview with Daniar Dragonkin, the heroine of the book.

 

Check back here on Wednesday for a very special guest post from Mysti Parker!

 

Until then, have fun!

 

Kindest

 

 

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