DragonLight, Dragonkeeper Chronicles Series #5DragonLight, Dragonkeeper Chronicles Series #5
Donita K. Paul
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Truth has never been more important, nor so difficult to discern.

As Kale and her father are busy hatching, bonding, and releasing the younger generation of dragons as helpers throughout the kingdom, the light wizard has little time to develop her skills. Her husband, Sir Bardon-despite physical limitations resulting from his bout with the stakes disease-has become a leader, serving on the governing board under Paladin. When Kale and Bardon set aside their daily responsibilities to join meech dragons Regidor and Gilda on a quest to find a hidden meech colony, they encounter sinister forces. Their world is under attack by a secret enemy. can they overcome the ominous peril they can't even see?

Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this dazzling, beautifully-crafted conclusion to Donita K. Paul's popular DragonKeeper Chronicles fantasy series.
     


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donita paulDonita K. Paul is a retired teacher and award-winning author of several novels, including the DragonKeeper Chronicles.  When not writing, she is often engaged in mentoring writers of all ages.  Donita lives in Colorado.

 

 Our Interview with Donita K. Paul


 

What is your favorite Bible Verse?

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service;”

First Timothy 1:12 (NASB)

I can’t remember how many years ago I discovered this verse. It struck me at the time that I entered the verse backward. Over the years, I have matured enough in my Christian walk that sometimes I manage to enter it from the beginning.

Let me explain.

In my youth, I was a “yes” person. Drive kids to the park? Yes, I’ll do it. Make cookies for the Bible Study? Yes, I’ll do it. Head the committee for the VBS? Yes, I’ll do it.

These things are called “service.” If you take note in the verse above, it is the last word. I often said yes and found myself in service before I even knew what the service entailed.

The words before this are “putting me.” Once I was in service, I had to determine who put me there. Sometimes it was God; sometimes it was me. When it was me, I had to hit the knee position quickly for help. When it was God, I still hit the knee position but not quite as frantically.

When God maneuvered me into a service position, I gratefully backed up another step in the verse and said, “Wow!”

“He considered me faithful!”

“Wow!” and “Wow!” again. I have to admit, occasionally, I got to that point and said, “Are you sure you were thinking about me, God? I mean the faithful part? You and I both know I can be a pretty pathetic wimp.”

Ah! But we can move back one more step.

“Who has strengthened me.”

Well, praise God for that. Many times when I was in over my head, He came along with just the right bit of information, just the right helpers, just the right creative doomaflicky to save the day.

I did manage to make it through umpteen projects, growing as God stretched me, achieving some goal that was way beyond my expectations. And the success was indubitably due to God’s enabling.

And now we come to the end, which is the beginning.

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord.”

And why is the thankfulness last? It should be first, shouldn’t it? I told you this was my backward verse.

I’ve matured some. I don’t always say yes now, because I am more sure of what my spiritual gifts are. I think and pray and thank God first before committing to a project of service. It is more comfortable to go into that verse from the beginning instead of from the back side.

 

What inspired the concept for the DragonKeeper Chronicles?

I can’t pinpoint one thing that inspired the concept. I was looking for something different. I had been writing Christian Romance under my middle name, Kathleen. Fantasy is certainly different.

You’ve inspired young and old alike with your series.  What made you decide to launch your professional writing career with a fantasy series in the face of the difficulty most fantasy writers have getting published?

Now, there is a misconception.  I actually began my career by writing curriculum.  Although I had been a teacher for 30 years, I wasn’t that good at organizing my classroom approach into something another teacher could use.  After an illness which knocked me out of the schoolroom, I tried my hand at writing romance.  Now, that I could put on paper.  Then after three novels and four novellas and a few short stories, I gave fantasy a try.  I was pretty naïve and didn’t realize that other, more experienced fantasy writers were finding it hard to get published. 

How did you choose the setting?
 
You’ll have to forgive me. This type of question is hard for me to answer. I am not a planner/plotter. I sit down at the keyboard and start writing. I am often as surprised as the reader when things unfold. I didn’t choose a setting. I stumbled upon it.


How long did DragonLight take you to complete?

A year. I am slow.

 

What is the symbolism for the titles in the DragonKeeper Chronicles?

Ah, this is where the good English teacher says, “What do you think this symbolizes?”

I honestly believe that the reader interprets a story by where the Holy Spirit is leading them at that moment in their lives.

My symbolic references would be very different from another person’s.


Do you have a favorite character in DragonKeeper Chronicles?  Why?

 
Definitely! Wizard Fenworth. I identify with him. I know I know how to do something, if I could just remember the particulars, if I could just find that elusive something I’ve misplaced, and if I weren’t so busy with more important things, like talking to a bug.

How much research did DragonKeeper Chronicles take?

I love this question. On one hand, how do you research dragon saddles. On the other hand, a lifetime of learning about God and His ways backs up many parts of the story.

What was the most interesting fact that you learned while writing DragonKeeper Chronicles?

I learned you can’t predict readership. I thought my target audience would be young ladies. The heroine is fourteen and carries kitten-sized dragons in her pockets. You could have knocked me over with the proverbial feather when I began to get emails from guys. And the age range is really 8 to 80. So much for my thinking I knew what I was doing!

 

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

My biggest challenge is myself. Lack of discipline, lack of focus, lack of commitment, scattered interest, love of people, and joy of family. In other words, sitting in the chair and doing one-on-one time with the keyboard is not my idea of a great day. When I finish a chapter, I am satisfied and rejoicing, but I did not savor the process.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

The readers, definitely interacting with the readers.

What is your writing style?   (Do you outline?  Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants?  (Or somewhere in between?)

I am a recorder of the movie going on in my head.

 

Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?

Sometimes I think my characters had a life of their own before I began to write.

Is there a new series coming?   If so when?

There will be a new book next year. I am not sure it is a series. I’ll have to wait until I get to the end of the writing of it before I get a feel of whether there is enough background material to spring into another book.


What other new projects do you have on the horizon?  

My daughter, Evangeline Denmark, and I have written picture books about a minor dragon and a turtle. They are best friends who are all boy, but model good behavior. Their imaginations bring adventure to every page. In a very attractive manner, they demonstrate the best qualities of friendship.

These books are contracted by WaterBrook and should be out by 2010.

Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?

I suppose my mother and father.  Both storytellers.  My father, and subsequently my brothers, could weave a tale that held a room spellbound.  My mom taught Sunday school and imparted spiritual truths during story circle.  My mom read through the library fiction shelves, avoiding lurid authors and introducing me to all her favorites.  She encouraged me to write as well as read.

 

What message would you like your readers to take from DragonKeeper Chronicles?

Kale learns she has a talent given to her by God, she chooses to accept that talent and develop it, she moves on to use that talent for the benefit of others, and in the end she passes the baton to another. I would hope that readers can make that healthy journey in their own lives.

What is your greatest achievement?

Now the trick in this question is perception. What would God consider my greatest achievement? My desire to know Him and serve Him, I would consider to be on the top of His list. What would my parents consider my greatest achievement? Passing on the values they taught me to the next generation, maybe. And me? Some days, it is getting out of bed when my fatigue level is higher than treetops, and my pain level is pushing me down. Other days, it is making my grandkids laugh. Often it is finding some way to encourage a friend. I have to laugh at the thought of having a “greatest achievement.” Hopefully, all of us experience “great” achievements day in and day out. When we can see small things to be monumentally important, we get a glimpse of how God values our time and efforts.

 
What is your goal or mission as a writer?

To glorify God and introduce others to the possibility of enjoying Him forever.

 
What do you do to get away from it all?

Laughing again at the question. I read, of course!

 

 Enjoy the complete Dragonkeeper Chronicles Series!

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