For someone who loves dragons as much as me, you might think all my books have dragons. Well, I blush to admit, only one of them does. That’s my second novel, Too Many Princes, published in 2007 by Dragon Moon Press.
In this book I discovered one of the problems in combining humans with dragons: scale. Dragons are so much larger than humans, it’s difficult to fit both in the same space. In a dragon-sized space, humans rattle around like the last cracker in a box. In a human-sized space, dragons don’t fit at all. If they are outdoors, standing side by side, the human only comes up to the dragon’s elbow. They can’t look each other in the eye unless the dragon crouches and pretzels its neck around.
To combat this, I gave my dragons the power to change their shape, as they do in Asian lore. So they could disguise themselves as human, fit into human-sized spaces, and hold conversations that didn’t involve humans shouting up at their gigantic friends. Also as in Asian lore, I made them master wizards who trained a few carefully selected humans to follow in their ways.
In Too Many Princes, two of the three viewpoint characters have a connection to the dragons. I was surprised how that grew out of my first vague ideas for the book. If you’re interested, my web site has more about Too Many Princes.
What really intrigues me, though, is how other writers have handled the differences in power between human and dragon characters. How do you handle conversations when one character is physically bigger than the others? (Conversations with giants would apply just as well, I suppose.) Do you give your dragons magic, or are they tough enough just with flame breath and plate armor?
Let me hear from you!
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