My friend, Eisley Jacobs, just published her first book and it’s FABULOUS! And I’m not saying that just because she’s a friend. She had me at the title - Born to be a Dragon. I love anything with dragons… PLUS she is giving away a Nook! And some other great prizes including copies of the book – go check out her blog for the details.
Want to know a bit more in Eisley’s own words? Here are some interview questions I asked her that I thought may interest you:
What inspired you to write this book?
I was actually writing a YA Novel, RINGS OF TIME when Deglan waltzed through my brain. How he got there, I can’t say for sure, but it possibly had something to do with my boys (ages 7 and 9) and the fact they were eating, sleeping and even breathing the fire of dragons… (did I mention I have a red head?). Watching them interact with each other and playing dragons was fuel for my imagination, but it didn’t take much. Once I got his name and his characteristics, Deglan the dragon took me for the flight of my life!
What makes this book stand out from other middle grade books available?
This book stands out for many reasons. It’s written in first person with alternating points of view, which makes it very easy for both boys and girls to enjoy because they get into the heads of their character. It bucks the system because it’s written from the dragon’s point of view. Not many middle grade novels take on the character of a dragon. At first, I was worried about the dual point of views and if my intended audience could really get into both heads, but soon after my first several beta readers (3rd – 5th graders) finished, I knew I’d hit the nail on the head.
Who is your favorite character and why?
I knew someone was going to ask this question, and I’ve been digging through my brain to come up with just ONE. Gosh, I don’t know. To say it was Deglan or Meia would be too obvious, because I do love both of them for different reasons. I poured aspects of my childhood into these two characters and totally enjoyed every facet of them. So, instead of picking a main character, I’m going to go with an important one — Sterling. His Einstein like appearance and strange ways are definitely odd, and he adds a lot of twists to the book. He’s really the key element in bringing forth the legend and all it entails.
Tell us a little about yourself…
I grew up in Northern California in a little town two hours north of San Francisco called Ukiah. At the time, I hated living there and being confined in the 4 miles of valley, but now I would do anything to get back. Big city life (I live in Denver, Colorado) is great, but I really miss the small town aspects. You couldn’t go to the grocery store with out seeing someone you knew. It was lovely.
I’m mom to three, but I have many other children under my roof at any given day. Today, I have six looking to me for their guidance… or maybe I’m just making sure they don’t burn down the house. Whichever.
Writing has always been something I loved. I started out with poems and the love morphed into novels during my freshman year in high school. I took some creative writing classes in college and then my pen took over from there. I’ve been writing the characters strolling through my head even since.
Don’t you want to read it now? And maybe – if your kids are very very good – you may even share it with them.