Writing Wins and Woes: Writing about dragons

1163I love to write about dragons. Before I continue, no, this picture is not a dragon. But it is a pic of my former dog, who was very dragon-like, fiercely protective, quick to bite, swift and athletic. His name was Dunkin and he was heart of my heart until he died from cancer about three years ago.

I have been fortunate to have published a few dragon stories. Among them, Cell Tower. Here is a link to my story at Enchanted Conversation.  http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2014/05/the-cell-tower-by-shari-l-klase.html

And here is a link to my story Dragon’s Play in Knowonder  http://www.knowonder.com/dragons-play/

All this is to introduce a fairly well-known author of a book and movie called Eragon. In fact, this young man was able to write a whole series about dragons. Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger and Inheritance. I’m talking about Christopher Paolini. I have always been particularly intrigued by Christopher as he was quite young when he wrote Eragon, only 19, and he was home schooled. Having homeschooled all three of my children, at least for part of their lives, and one for the entire school career, I think Christopher’s accomplishments are nothing short of amazing. And he had a lot of help from his parents.

Christopher was born November 17, 1983 in Southern California, but he currently lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he wrote his first book. As I said, he was home schooled and able to graduate at 15 years of age. Immediately after graduation, he started writing Eragon, which was self published in 2002 by his parents’ publishing company, Paolini International LLC. Christopher put a lot of work into promoting his book, touring 135 schools and libraries. He drew the cover of the book and the maps inside the book.

However, his great success, owing largely to his hard work, is a matter of luck as well. For it seems that Carl Hiaasen’s step son got his hands on Christopher’s book, read it and loved it. So Hiaasen showed it to his publisher Alfred A Knopf and they republished the book, which sold more than 35 million copies. In December 2006 Fox released the movie, Eragon.

So what is Chrisopher Paolini doing today? He is currently working on a science fiction book. At least that’s what his website says. It took him awhile to change his writing style for this current project as he was used to writing archaic words and complicated sentence structure for his former series. He also occupied his time by writing a few short stories. We look forward to seeing Christopher’s new book whenever it appears.

Do you have a dragon story in your head just dying to come out? Just maybe you can wow the world with it as Christopher Paolini did. You’ll never know if you don’t try.

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