The idea for Dragon Born literally just popped into my head after a request from my eldest daughter to write something she could read. I could barely stop myself from hogging the computer and losing myself yet again in a new story and yet I did. Why? Before I could begin the tale of Lara and her friends, before the story could move forward we all had to go back – back into the past of Azmantium (the planet the story takes place on)…
I know some writers plan their stories in great detail while others just let it flow spontaneously – I fall somewhere in between. Once I actually start writing it is all spontaneous and freestyle, but then there are the months of planning that go on in the background before the first chapter is ever started.
World creation – possibly one of the hardest and yet most fun aspects of writing a fantasy adventure. There is much more to it than merely describing a planet or setting. In fact I will let you in on a little secret, it takes me longer to establish the world then to write the actual book! There are all the various races to describe; the dragons, mages, witches… And there is so much to detail beyond their physical descriptions and magical powers. Each race needs its own past – an entire history which helps explain why and how they have become who and what they are. They all have their own rituals, belief-systems, relics which are all essential to the creation and melding together of the world they inhabit.
Every potion, weapon and magical object in Dragon Born has a purpose and ties to the plot and many subplots in a vital way. Each one contributes towards making Azmantium not just a make-believe fantastical planet but a three dimensional real one which the reader can connect with more and more as the histories of the races are unravelled.
Some might argue that creating your own world is easier than writing something factual as there is no chance that you can get anything wrong – I beg to differ!! When establishing Azmantium and telling the tale of its various races, I spent many an hour reading and rereading my own notes just to make sure that all of the details fit, that nothing contradicted itself, and that everything I had ‘created’ built on the story and was not merely added in just because it seemed fun. It is vital to create a ‘believable’ world when writing fantasy or the reader will not bond with the characters or empathise with their plight.
Far in the distant reaches of the universe is a world called Azmantium. A planet with lilac skies, jade green seas and fiery red suns. A planet where everything, from the tides of the sea to life itself, is rooted in magic. Children are assessed at an early age and trained according to their unique magical talents.
Lara, an orphan who has no memory of her true origins, is unaware that she has a vital role to play in the ancient prophesies that are about to begin coming true. Older than most who are just beginning their magical training, Lara will soon find out that destiny waits for no one, especially when the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
With the help of her new friends, Lara will learn that in order to save the future, she must journey into the past – to a time when Dragons ruled the world!
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About the Author — Ela Lourenco lives in Scotland with her two daughters and husband. She has been an avid reader since childhood and has long enjoyed mysteries, mythology and anything related to the paranormal/supernatural/mystical/science fiction. She loves nothing more than making up stories about faraway people and places (helped somewhat by a mind that just won’t grow up!). When she isn’t nose deep in a book or writing herself she can be found dancing around the kitchen whilst baking. Her biggest wish in life is to infect others with a passion for reading.
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