Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tarragon: Dragon Mage by Author Karlie Lucas (Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz Day 3)

After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

Karlie Lucas is a graduate of Southern Utah University, where she received a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, SCBWI, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.

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Q & A:

1- If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

A. More people to read my books, because I think they have a good message a lot of people need in this day and age.
B. A life-time supply of Hershey's Mint chocolate Chip cookie candy bars. They are the best!
C. To actually own a house with enough space for all the kids I hope to have, along with a library/work area for me, a craft room, and a den/man cave for my hubby.

2- Where do you write?

I typically write at my computer, which is currently in what should be the dining room, but is more like my office. If not there, I write in a notebook wherever the mood hits me.

3-How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

It depends on how cooperative my characters are, how many distractions I have going on, and how stressed I am. But I can usually get a rough draft for a novel-length book in about six months, though this is basing off of me having a full time job on top of everything else.

4-What are your inspirations?

My inspirations are probably a combination of authors who have come before me, such as J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. But I think my recently departed grandfather, on my dad's side, is a great inspiration for reaching for your dreams.

5-How did you come to write this particular book or series?

I started this one in early 2015, I think, after dreaming about one of the sequences in book one with the Vision Dust. From there, I just had to know what the story was behind it, and I'm working on finally finishing it with book three.

6-What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

The hardest part was finding the time to write. I worked full time when writing this so it was hard to balance that with being tired after work and wanting to write.

7--What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult?

The drive, for me, is that I promised myself I'd do this. That and my husband likes it when I read him my stuff and he's always asking if there's more to read yet, so that helps a lot.

8-How did you come up with the title?

For Tarragon, the series, the word means dragon and it's a series about dragons. Key Keeper was about discovering that our main character is the keeper of the keys for the realm of dragons. And in book two, this book, she learns she's also a dragon mage.

 9-Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member?

I think the fact that I have a "number one fan boy" out there has helped a lot. He's super enthusiastic about my work, even if we don't stay in contact as much as we used to.

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