I was going to put this little paragraph at the end of the post below but it’s too good to bury down there. If you want to experience more of Bryan Davis’ books, you can get two of them FREE from Amazon for Kindle. Click on the titles to go straight to the Amazon Kindle store, where you can download the books free for a limited time:
• Beyond the Reflection’s Edge
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Now, back to business. I got the chance to ask Bryan a few questions and I’m pleased to be able to let you in on our conversation. I hope you enjoy his responses as much as I did.
After I wrote Echoes from the Edge for Zondervan, they wanted me to write a dragons series for them, since my other dragons books were so successful for AMG, so I asked my children if they had any ideas. One daughter, Amanda, suggested a story about a world populated by dragons that enslaves humans kidnapped from a world of humans. She also came up with the idea that two teenaged humans would go to the dragon world to try to bring the slaves home. I told Zondervan about the idea, and they loved it. I made up the details as I wrote the story, but Amanda invented the basic storyline.
How long did it take you to write Starlighter?
About three to four months. I usually take three months to write a story and then a month to polish it.
Who is your favorite character in the book? What do you like about them?
I get asked about favorite characters many times, and it’s always hard to answer, because I like so many of them. I create characters (the heroes, of course) who are appealing to me. If I had to pick one, I think I would go with Koren. There’s something special about a heroine who suffers greatly but still rises to sacrifice for others. I find her captivating. Koren is vulnerable, yet strong. She is naïve is some ways, yet filled with wisdom in others. She despises the cruelty of slavery, yet is willing to endure it for the sake of others. She is truly heroic.
I know you’ve been doing quite a few book tours over the last few years. Who has been your most memorable fan so far?
While in Dallas this year, a girl lugged a box into the bookstore and set it on my signing table. She then withdrew from that box individual shoeboxes, and in each shoebox, wrapped in tissue paper, she produced one of my books for me to sign. I signed each one carefully, making sure not to bend the cover or any pages, and she gently put each book back in place.
Who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis (especially Till We Have Faces, Perelandra, and Narnia) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).
If you could be any character from any fantasy book, who would it be and why?
That’s a tough question, because I already feel like I live in a fantasy world. I get to do what I love, and my books are changing lives. I can’t imagine a better situation. I sat here for half an hour trying to think of a fantasy character I would like to be, but I couldn’t come up with one.
Thank you so much, Bryan for being such an active part of this blog tour.
I encourage you to check out what my fellow CSSF bloggers have to say:
R. L. Copple
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson
For more info, here’s an Amazon link: Starlighter, by Bryan Davis
I would like to thank the publisher, Zondervan, for providing a free review copy of the book.