Rakan’dzor from Dina von Lowenkraft’s YA Fantasy Dragon Fire
I’m thrilled to have Rakan’dzor from Dina von Lowenkraft’s debut YA Fantasy, Dragon Fire here with us today. Rakan is a teenage shapeshifting dragon living between Ngari, Tibet and Tromso, Norway.
(and just for my readers *fans face* he’s dressed in a pair of black martial arts pants and nothing else, and boy does he have a great set of abs!)
Laurie: Um, yes, the interview. Thank you so much for joining me here today, Rakan. Now that Dragon Fire has been published, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight?
Rakan: I think it is a fair account, and although I would like to change some of my actions in the book, they are what happened. If I knew what I know now, I would have reacted differently.
Laurie: Did the author do a good job portraying you? If not, how would you have liked things to be different?
Rakan: I think Dina understood my inner conflicts and portrayed them with fairness. I would have preferred to have had her clue me in to a few things earlier on, though, because I wouldn’t have let Anna suffer as much as she did.
Laurie: Is Anna your love interest in the book?
Rakan: Oh, she’s much lore than a love interest. My life revolves around Anna. I can’t imagine it without her - even if the book starts before we meet.
Laurie: At what point in the book did you start getting nervous about how it was going to turn out?
Rakan: From quite early on actually. There were too many factors that were beyond my control, from my sister’s reckless behavior, to my inability to concentrate around Anna. And then all of my questions about who - or what - June actually is... so, yes, I’d say I was on edge right from the start.
Laurie: How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Rakan: Frustrated. Happy. Excited. Devastated. Hopeful. And a bit terrified about how things will play out in the future. I guess the feeling I have looking back on it now is determined.
Laurie: Who would you like to have play you in a film? Without saying yourself, of course.
Rakan: I’m afraid I don’t watch a lot of human movies, but it would have to be a Tibetan. Perhaps a Khampa, they are taller than some of the others - as I am. Although, I really don’t see how a human can portray my dragon form - so you might have to let me play myself for that!
Laurie: What words of wisdom would you like to give your author for the next book?
Rakan: Give me time with Anna. Even just a few weeks. And if I must die, promise me first that Anna will be safe. I won’t let myself die until you do.
Laurie: Thank you for this interview, Rakan. So it sounds like we might be seeing more of you in the future?
Rakan: I certainly hope so - because it will mean I’ll be with Anna. Or it had better mean that. Can I add something to my previous answer? Dina, be forewarned that if you write a second book and I can’t have time with Anna, I will make your life miserable.
Laurie: Is that a threat, Rakan?
Rakan: *flashes a devastatingly handsome smile* I’m a dragon. I take care of my own.
Dina von Lowenkraft
Genre: YA fantasy romance
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Number of pages: 340
Word Count: 116,200
Cover Artist: Renu Sharma
Some choices are hard to live with.
But some choices will kill you.
When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to the pulsing energy that surrounds him. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.
Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.
Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and three horses.
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