June 1, 2016
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In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford
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Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.
Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.
Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.
With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.
In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thank you so much for having me! I hope you don’t mind I brought my coffee and chocolate truffles along. Would you like some?
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Hmm, let’s go with: A realm on the brink of war. Three teens destined to stop it. A dragon bent on seeing they don’t.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
This story has been with me ever since I was a little girl. I always gravitated toward fantasy, dragons, castles, fairytales and princesses and knights in shining armor. I still love the whole Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty stories told Disney style.
My father was in the army and we lived in Europe for a couple of years when I was young. My mom made sure I saw as many castles as I could while we lived in Germany. In fact, it was Neuschwanstein that inspired Gyllen Castle in my book.
My dad was the inspiration for my knight, Sir Trogsdill Domnall. I always saw my dad as a warrior. He’d fought in and survived WWII, the Korean War, and two tours in Vietnam. He had this strong belief that he had to defend his country, and protect his family and our way of life from whatever threatened it. To say he didn’t have his ghosts that haunted him would be a lie, but they never swayed him off course. Over the years, the story changed shape in my mind, finally evolving into what exists today
Tell us about the main character(s).
I have four characters that I think of as being “main” characters, but I’ll focus on the two, David and Eric.
David is 16, wealthy by birth, a high-school achiever, and a track and archery champion. He lives in a civil war mansion in the town of Havendale, Tennessee with his godmother, Lily. He is spontaneous, courageous, adventure-oriented but he’s also impatient, impetuous, foolhardy and selfish. He’s also been sheltered most of his life, and when he finds out why, his entire life is shattered.
Eric is 17. He is a squire to the most revered knight in the magical world of Fallhollow. He is a looker – tall, dark-haired with green eyes. He’s progressive in his thinking, smart and curious, but he is also unpredictable, insensitive, and detached. All he wants to do is prove to others he’s capable of great things, which means sometimes taking matters into his own hands.
David and Eric together – well that’s a ‘friendship’ readers will have to discover on their own. J
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I have several scenes that I love, most of which involve my knight, Sir Trogsdill. He’s always spitting out words of wisdom. Two of my faves are:
“Secrets are grave burdens to bear.”
“You need to watch what you say and think. The very soul you loathe may be the one to save your hide someday.”
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The climax was the most difficult. It’s a war scene and there are a lot of things going on. Trying to capture it all and not lose track of who was where and what they were doing was very hard. I read it now and I still think I could have done better. Then again, I’m always thinking how I could have written a scene better. I think most authors are like that. We’re always editing, always looking for ways to improve. With every book we write, with every review we get, we learn more about ourselves, our writing. We’re always developing. Learning. Tweaking and honing. This is a good thing.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
Right now I’m editing book 2 in the series and also writing on book 3. After that, I’ll dive into a few other books I’ve set aside on the shelf, most of them YA fantasy. I do have an adult romance I’ve been playing with for a long time, and maybe someday I’ll finish it. I’m always starting stories because they are always popping in my head and if I don’t write them down, I forget them. My imagination is never ending, as are the voices in my head. If I weren’t an author, I might be viewed as crazy with all the stuff they tell me to do. J
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thank you so much for having me. I would love to stop by again sometime. Maybe next time I’ll bring you a dragon egg. J For my readers, I really, really hope you like IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING. I am always looking for feedback, good or bad, so don’t be afraid to contact me on any of my social media forums or by email to let me know what you think or to give me suggestions as to what you’d like to see next. You guys are awesome. Thank you so much for feeding my dreams.
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