We are so excited to have guest author Thea Harrison here. As you know I loved her book Dragon Bound and today she’s letting us in on:
The Thing About Dragons
I’ve always been fascinated by dragons. I love the artwork and the mythology, both eastern dragons and western dragons, and I’ll suffer through a really bad movie if it has the possibility of good dragon special effects. I don’t play World of Warcraft but when the company put out a promotional trailer that had a dragon in it, I had to watch the video three times. Just now I had to do an internet search for the trailer and watch it again because I decided to write this blog about dragons. Tolkien’s dragon Smaug was deliciously scary in The Hobbit. A dragon with Sean Connery’s voice? Swoon.
So it probably comes as no surprise that when I sat down to write a paranormal romance, I chose to write about a hero who is a dragon. I chose carefully. In my new Elder Races series that begins with Dragon Bound , I did not create a society of dragons. I wanted to try to capture something of an elusive nature with Dragos. The world of the Elder Races is populated with many different creatures—Elves, Vampyres, harpies, gargoyles and gryphons, Djinn, and both Dark and Light Fae, just to name a sample—but like Tolkien’s Smaug, in my Elder Races world there is only one dragon.
And Dragos Cuelebre was born.
So I have a dragon character that lives in my head now. What is he like? I asked myself. He’s acquisitive, possessive, jealous, territorial, and dominant. These are all very good characteristics for a dragon to have. Where would he be placed in an alternative Earth? What would this dragon make of modern society? He’s aggressive. He likes money. He sounds… corporate.
That is how Dragos Cuelebre became Lord of the Wyr. He doesn’t always understand people, and the whole issue of falling in love has him utterly flummoxed. Deeper and more dangerous than falling in love, the Wyr mate for life, so Dragos has quite a steep learning curve when half-Wyr Pia Giovanni comes into his life.
From the first moment Dragos lays eyes on Pia’s photo, he likes what he sees. And he chases what he likes. And he learns fast.
Do you have a fascination with dragons too? Which are your favorite dragon characters, and why?