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Meet the Hero from A Time of Dragons

As authors we often write characters that embody characteristics of people we know or of what we aspire to be like. Mine are a mix of many things but most often I write about strong women because those were my influences growing up.

I can still remember being upset in the toy store because I couldn't find an action figure of Scarlett from G.I. Joe. She was a bad-ass who could hang with the boys and I aspired to be like that animated character...I still rock a ponytail to this day! I also still gravitate towards specific archetypes and that influences my writing.

But, I wouldn't keep writing these types of characters unless the readers enjoyed them too. And they have...for the most part. That's because I give all my characters layers. Some get peeled back while others are developed and that is especially true in the case of a series.

Artistic image of a woman holding a sword with a baby dragon on her shoulder
Image of Rayna by ElixiorDesigns

For Rayna, my hero in the A Time of Dragons fantasy series, I wanted a take-no-shit type of attitude at the start. When we are first introduced to Rayna in book one she is a bit of a gunslinger. She smokes, puts her feet up on furniture, and doesn't take life too seriously. As the story develops, and I put her into some difficult situations, that's when we see a bit of a shift from Rayna.

We're only in the first book of the series and let me tell you I have some big things planned for Rayna in the sequel and beyond!

She's been fun to write and I think it's because I have finally been able to pay homage to the fictional characters who influenced my life like Valeria from Conan, Taarna from Heavy Metal, Xena: Warrior Princess, and so many more.

I think I'll stick with Rayna for a little while longer and see where her journey takes me...I hope you come along for the ride!



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"Original Cyn" Cynthia Vespia writes fantasy novels with edge.

This blog is dedicated to all things fantasy, writer wellness, and my author journey.




"Original Cyn" Cynthia Vespia writes fantasy novels with edge. This blog is dedicated to all things fantasy and my author journey.


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