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Writing a Dragon Fantasy pt. I

My latest novel release, Rayna the Dragon Warrior, is the sequel to my dragon fantasy adventure A Time of Dragons series Rayna the Dragonslayer. I thought it would be fun to do a deep dive into the novel series discussing how I came up with the idea, characters, and more. Here is part I:

How is this book different?

Let's face it, there's alot of books out there. Of those millions of books a sizable amount are fantasy novels. And of those fantasy novels many of them feature dragons. So, to answer the question of how my book is different, all I can tell you is that my interpretation of characters, events, and world-building were approached with great enthusiasm and a nice helping of grit.

I've already received a review stating how well the character development was done which I take great pride in. I worked hard on not only the hero but the side characters as well. It's a perpetual journey as a writer to improve your craft and this one area I've worked really hard at improving.

I love building characters, it's my favorite part of writing. Rayna has been a long time coming. I've written about strong female characters before, it's my go-to brand. And I've even done a fantasy heroine in the past as well. But Khalen from Demon Huntress was more vicious than Rayna. This time, I wanted to write a tried and true antihero. A woman with a rough past doing what she needs to survive but when faced with a test of morals she alters her path to protect the innocent. In a small way I referenced The Mandalorian. When Djin finds Baby Yoda it changes his entire path in life and thus adventure ensues.

That's how I approached Rayna's story. What would happen if a dragonslayer has a change of heart? In Rayna the Dragon Warrior we meet up with the duo of warrior and dragon again, only now they're further along in their relationship and we see a kinship and care begin to form between the two. This time, new characters come along for the journey which ups the stakes even more.

I also spent quite a bit of time developing different monsters that you don't often see in stories. The last thing I wanted was a tired version of the same old orcs or goblins. (check out my blog on monster building here). I did quite a bit of world-building as well to the point where I needed to have a map drawn up. This attention to detail is woven through my series A Time of Dragons to bring the best possible story to light.

Subscribe to the blog and come on back for part II where I go into further detail about my characters, the inspiration behind them, and who the newbies are in Rayna the Dragon Warrior.




"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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