Meet Lucian Mckenzie
Adrienne: Where were you born?
Lucian: In Tith - Alkadeen (capital of Tith).
Adrienne: How old are you?
Lucian: Turning 20 on August 6th.
Adrienne: Were you born with the mark of the Dragon Riders, aka The Dragonians.
Lucian: Sort of, my mark is on my right lower abdomen and looks more like a dirt spot. It's not very dark and I'm afraid if I rub too hard it's going to come off (chuckle). Just joking. I'm like one shade away from being one of the non-gifted kids who's parents pay a lot of money to attend Dragonia Academy.
Adrienne: So, Lucian. I heard you are a prince?
Lucian: Urgh (eye roll) Yeah.
Adrienne: You don't want to be a prince?
Lucian: Do you want to be royalty? It's not as glamorous as people think. You have to attend really boring functions and meetings. At the last Royal Council meeting I actually fell asleep. My father hasn't taken me to another one yet. You can't enjoy a night out without cameras flashing in your eyes, and you always have to think three times before you speak. Not to mention the responsibility that weighs on my shoulders. I mean, I'm going to run a country one day. I don't think I'll be able to, but I'm going to try. (He’s starting to become restless in his chair) You’re sure my mom won't see this?
Adrienne: I promise you she won't. (And there's the gorgeous smile)
Adrienne: Do you have any close friends?
Lucian: I'm the prince of Tith, what do you think? (We both start to laugh) Yes, a couple. The rest, I think just want a piece of the spot light.
Adrienne: So, you guys really ride on dragons?
Lucian: (He roars with laughter.) You should see the look on your face. Yes, but first you've got to tame one. We call it a claim. It's better to wait until you gain your ability. It usually happens around your 17th birthday, depending on how dark your mark is. Only then will you know which breed of dragon you are compatible with, and it makes the claiming procedure easier.
Adrienne: How many breeds are there?
Lucian: (He smiles again.) Ten. They all have different abilities.
Adrienne: So, back to the claiming procedure. What is it you need to do?
Lucian: You basically fight with the dragon until it surrenders.
(A small shriek leaves my lips) Adrienne: Don't you get hurt?
Lucian: Sometimes, but there are dragons that can heal human injuries in a matter of hours.
Adrienne: So what's your ability?
Lucian: I haven't ascended yet (meaning gained his extra ability)
Adrienne: How do you ascend?
Lucian: It's different for everyone. Some riders became really sick, and I mean, death bed sick. Then before they slip into the everlasting life, they change, and wake up with an extra ability. Others get it through the forces of nature. Some, but it's really rare, only ascend when facing their dragon in a claim, but the Academy almost never allows it.
Adrienne: What's your biggest fear?
Lucian: (He sighs) Not being able to claim the Rubicon.
Adrienne: The Rubicon?
Lucian: He's one of a kind. A really strong dragon that can do many things, from spitting acid to breathing fire. We all know him as Blake. We used to be really good friends, the best. But his dark side is already starting to take over and if I don't claim him soon, he will become evil.
Adrienne: Your friends with a dragon?
Lucian: (He chuckles) they do own a human form too, and yes. He used to be one of the most amazing and caring people I know. I guess that’s why I'm so hard on myself when it comes to claiming him.
Adrienne: On the lighter side, do you have someone special?
Lucian: Yes, there is, but it's complicated. It's a royalty thing. I'm trying hard to make my dad understand that we don't live in the 16th Century anymore.
Adrienne: Do you have pets?
Plenty: 5 horses, a monkey name Jeeves, 4 parrots, a spider and an English bulldog name Cat.
Lucian: Short for Catastrophy. My mom named him. (We both laugh.)
Adrienne: Do you have a secret?
Lucian: Yes, but it's more of a family secret. I don't know what I would do if my friends ever find out about it.
Adrienne: Well, then I hope with all my heart nobody finds out.
It was so nice meeting you Lucian, and I can't recall ever meeting a prince for real. I wish you all the luck with claiming the Rubicon and can't wait to read more about you in Firebolt.
Lucian: Thanks for having me.
He gets up, kisses my hand, and disappears into the unknown.
The Dragonian Series
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: GMTA Publishing – Mythos Press
Date of Publication: 20th November 2013
ISBN: 13: 978-1491244654
Number of pages: 289
Word Count: 95 000
Cover Artist: Mary Park and Kitty Bullard
Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year-old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena is in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a prince wants Elena's heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh and the only way Elena's going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales. Now it's time for Elena to believe in...herself.
I was born and raised in South Africa, where I still live with my husband, and two beautiful little girls. I always knew that I was going to be a writer but it only started to happen about four years ago, now I can’t stop writing.
In my free time, If I get any because Moms don’t really have free time, I love to spend time with friends, if it’s a girls night out, or just a movie, I’m a very chilled person.
My writing career is starting with Firebolt, book one with the Dragonian Series, there will be four books in total and two to three books that is about the stories taking place inside The Dragonian Series.
I do write in different Genres, I have a woman’s fiction called the Pregnancy Diaries, but it would be published under another name. And then I have a paranormal series, called the Watercress series. There are about ten novels in that one.
So, plenty of novels to come out, so little time.
I hope you are going to embrace the Dragonian Series as much as I loved writing them.
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