Today we're celebrating the release of Heather McCorkle's fantasy novel, The Dragon Empire! For today's stop Heather is answering the following question:
What was the hardest part about writing this novel?
Heather: The main character has been bullied his entire life and lives in constant fear of beatings that are getting so bad, they may one day kill him. At twenty years old, that's a long time to put up with such abuse and it has severely damaged his self-esteem and confidence. Writing that was hard, and heartbreaking in many ways.
Here is a bit about it:
On Yacrana dragons are the advanced species. But advanced doesn't always mean civilized...
There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist.
Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind.
While The Dragon Empire is for ages young adult and up, it does contain mild violence and some difficult subject matter.
About the Author
I am an author of fantasy, in all it's many sub-genres. Entertaining readers, protecting endangered species, and living as green a life as possible are my passions. When I'm not writing or surfing my favorite social networking sites I can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, I enjoy the outdoors nearly as much as the worlds I create on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find me here on my personal blog and on my many social networking sites. You can also find me every Monday night at 6:00pm PT on the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter. My lovely friend Tee (TS Tate) and I are the co-creators and moderators of the chat.
I am a volunteer for the IS Foundation (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) where I serve as their Environmental Division's Content Coordinator. Each month you'll find articles by myself on their Environment page.
To stimulate the other side of my creative mind, I am also a cover designer for Compass Press and Promontory Press. I do affordable freelance work for independent authors as well through my company CP Design, which includes not only covers but book formatting (both eBook and printed), swag designing (bookmarks, business cards, postcards), and even blog design. For more info, click the CP Design button on the bar above.
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