Lexa Cain is the wonderful host of this meme, so start there. Go HERE to sign up and find the other hoppers. Then each Friday, post on your blog something you wish to celebrate achieving / doing that week.
Here’s mine . . .
The following post is worth celebrating for two reasons:
1) Because I’m writing a dragon short for a client at the moment, for the New Adult readership. I’ve never wrote about dragons before, and it’s been an eye-opener. They’re fascinating fantasy creatures.
2) And moreso, because Ela Lourenco shares not only her new YA Sci-Fi fantasy tale with us, but she tells us why writing this novel has opened up a completely new chapter in her writing life, and has inspired her dyslexic daughter to read!
Far in the distant reaches of the universe is a world called Azmantium. A planet with lilac skies, jade green seas and fiery red suns. A planet where everything, from the tides of the sea to life itself, is rooted in magic. Children are assessed at an early age and trained according to their unique magical talents.
Lara, an orphan who has no memory of her true origins, is unaware that she has a vital role to play in the ancient prophesies that are about to begin coming true. Older than most who are just beginning their magical training, Lara will soon find out that destiny waits for no one, especially when the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
With the help of her new friends, Lara will learn that in order to save the future, she must journey into the past – to a time when Dragons ruled the world!
Dragon Born is available on:
The Beginning of A New Chapter…
I am not new to the world of writing. I have had numerous political articles published in my old life as a foreign news journalist, various pieces of poetry published, and last year my first novel, Essence (for adults!), was published. And yet I can honestly say that none of those achievements remotely compare to the excitement I felt this year when my first YA book Dragon Born came out. I never set out with the intention of writing for the younger market but an innocent request from one of my daughters to write something she could read before she was eighteen led to that ever elusive lightbulb moment. Something clicked in my mind and that was it – the beginning of a new chapter in my life as well as the birth of the Dragon Born series.
Fantasy adventure with a little science fiction thrown in is what my daughter requested (just as well those are the genres I prefer too!), and so began the creation of the world of Azmantium where dragons once roamed the land. A planet where everything from the skies to the tides themselves were controlled by the pure magicks flowing through them. A planet now facing the threat of dark forces which only Lara and her friends can battle… My daughter read every chapter as I wrote, each day desperate for me to finish the next one so she could find out what happened – nothing can match the joy I felt as she devoured the book I wrote for her, especially as she had recently been diagnosed with dyslexia and found it very tiring to read to herself. Dragon Born was a real reason to celebrate in our household as it also began a new chapter in my daughter’s life – an interest in reading despite the extra effort required because ‘the story is just too exciting to put down’.
My daughter has now read all of the books in the Dragon Born series (perks of being the author’s child!) and has read several other fantasy books written by a variety of authors. Processing and reading will always be harder and more tiring for her, but now she has begun her very own love affair with books, and this renewed motivation has spurred her on despite the obstacles. For me there is no greater gift than that. My own mother instilled in me the very same love of reading and creating stories, and nothing is more wonderful and fulfilling than to pass that on to my own children… to all children. To be able to share my stories with my own children, to see the delight and expectation on their faces as they waited for me to finish the next chapter or book… a truly indescribable feeling.
Ela Lourenco lives in Scotland with her two daughters and husband. She has been an avid reader since childhood and has long enjoyed mysteries, mythology and anything related to the paranormal / supernatural / mystical / science fiction. She loves nothing more than making up stories about faraway people and places (helped somewhat by a mind that just won’t grow up!). When she isn’t nose deep in a book or writing herself she can be found dancing around the kitchen whilst baking. Her biggest wish in life is to infect others with a passion for reading.
Thanks Ela, hope the new chapter keeps inspiring you and your daughter!
Any of you love to read YA? How about dragons?
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What are you celebrating this Friday?
As always, thanks for reading. 🙂