Monday, July 21, 2008


by Donita K. Paul

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Dragonlight is the fifth and final volume in the Dragonkeeper Chronicles. One of the things I have liked about the series, and especially DragonLight, are the quotes from Wulder. They strike me as short, wise sayings like the book of Proverbs in the Bible. After a hard, long day Kale's husband Bardon the Knight quotes, "Words spoken from fatigue resurface like oil on water. They are clearly seen and not easily eradicated."

The main story centers around a new group known as The Followers, who corrupt Wulder's teachings by telling others they must learn new rules and work their way up the Follower ranks through their deeds. Their focus on works not faith in Wulder is known as Elevation.

I wanted to thank Mrs. Paul for answering a few questions on her series and on writing:

1) How did you get started writing fantasy stories?
I have to be truthful and admit it was done on a whim. I was not an ardent
fantasy fan and in fact, had not read much before I started. One June I had an
infection in my leg and had to stay down with my foot elevated higher than my
heart. The length of the ordeal was to be six weeks. I was bored in five
minutes. My son brought me a fantasy series - nine hardbound books, each about
900 pages! When I finished them, I thought, "That was pretty cool." Nine
months later, I decided I'd give fantasy a whirl just to see what would

2) Where did you get the idea to write a series about dragons?
I was just experimenting, and it worked. I'm glad it did.

3) Who is your favorite character in the Dragonkeeper Chronicles books?
I love Wizard Fenworth. He reminds me of me. I know I'm smart and capable of
doing things. However, sometimes I just can't remember how to do these things.
How do you change the light bulb in the microwave?

4) Would you have any new writer suggestions?
Tom Clancy said it best.
"Keep at it! The one talent that's indispensable to
a writer is persistence. You must write the book, else there is no book.
It will not finish itself. Do not try to commit art. Just tell the story."

Thank you for your time, and help with these questions.

*Participants’ Links:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
* Beth Goddard
Mark Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Terri Main
* Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
* Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
* Cheryl Russel
Ashley Rutherford
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
* Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams


nissa_amas_katoj said...

Great interview, I very much enjoyed it. I'm on the CSFF blog tour too but my name was left off the list.

How are you coming with your JulNo? I'm getting farther behind each day but that's in part because I changed the main character twice and now am doing an outline of my book, which I wasn't quite ready to do before I did the work I did for JulNo. I'm going to be continuing the book during AugNoWriMo (web site for AugNo and the like are on my blog if you are interested.)


Fantasythyme said...

I started my outline before July, but started having things come up at work soon after starting. I'm looking forward to writing a lot during my vacation week.
This story is a mystery/suspense with a touch of fantasy. I always seem to go back to fantasy for some reason.