We're doing something a little different today. Instead of the author, Kath Boyd Marsh, we're visiting with Chrys, a character from Marsh's short story, "The Pendragon Crystal," on pre-order now in the anthology, Dragons and Witches: Fairy Tale Villains Reimagined.
Ally: Nice to have you with us, Chrys.
Chrys: Hello Ally. Morgan and Myrlin are busy...doing stuff, so I volunteered to be your interviewee about Scribe Kath’s story in the new book: Dragons and Witches: Fairy Tale Villains Reimagined. Our story is The Pendragon Crystal. I'm Morgan's friend, and yes, we finally went on a date, but I don't want to discuss that.
You need to know I am not a Fairy Tale. And I am not a villain, and neither is Morgan. And of course Myrlin is a wizard, so he's not evil, just weird. You don't need to mention that to him either.
Ally: It’s nice Kath chose to write your true story. Many people think dragons are evil killers, and they're afraid of them.
Chrys: Uh, well… Humans can be kind of, no offense, but uninformed. I want to straighten that out. I’ve read your books--The Guardian Witch series is my favorite—and you know about Otherworld creatures. So you know what’s a fairy tale and what’s for real. You aren’t scared of me, are you? I mean since I’m real and all?
Ally: Are you kidding? I have fictional friends, such as witches, vampires, werecreatures, elves, and ghosts. There's even a dragon who makes a brief appearance in the book I'm working on right now.
Chrys: Excellent. I guess Kath did okay setting up this interview. So what do you want to know?
Ally: Let’s start with what the new book is about.
Chrys: It’s not a whole book about Morgan and me. It’s a YA anthology with ten stories by ten writers in all. The Pendragon Crystal is right in the middle. The best is in the middle, right? Did you see the Kirkus review of the book…and of our story? http://bit.ly/2ntTbXV. They liked our story!
Ally: Yes. Very nice. But what are the stories about?
Chrys: Like I said, ten stories, the fifth, ours being the best, all about … ‘Fairy Tale Villains’ only reimagined. Again, I am not a villain.
Ally: Okay, I believe you, Chrys. I'm still not clear on what you mean by 'reimagined.'
Chrys: That’s easy. All the book's scribes have written about the witches and dragons that people haven’t heard about. Like in Morgan and my story. Ours is kind of a twist on human Arthurian legends. Instead of Arthur Pendragon and his son Morgan being human, silly thought, our scribe Kath wrote the truth about the Pendragons being real dragons. Explains the magic better, right?
The story starts with a ‘normal’ day for Morgan. This was about six months after his father, King Arthur Pendragon, was kidnapped by his uncle Uthur. Morgan and the rest of his family have been hidden by Myrlin on the human plane. And, yes, everybody who is dragon looks human on the human plane. So Morgan goes to his Grove Township High School classes like usual, but that day everything changes. That’s where I step in. There’s a cool battle, and … you’ll have to read the book to find out who wins. And to find out why I’m in on this whole battle thing.
Ally: Since you're here talking to me, you and Morgan must have won.
Chrys: Are you sure? Maybe we were defeated, but I escaped. Maybe I’m here to recruit an army. Maybe I need your Guardian Witch and her crew to help us out.
Oh, did you hear that? No? Myrlin is calling me. Wizards can be so pushy.
Ally: Then I guess you'd better go. I hope you'll come back, and let us know how it turned out. Or I guess we can just wait and read the book on June 1! We'll be watching for it!
Dragons and Witches
by Madeline Smoot (Editor)
Dragons and witches have traditionally been the creatures of nightmares, the villains of fairy tales that are intended to haunt readers long after the stories have finished. Ten authors reimagine these villains in different guises and styles and in new and meaningful ways. In the end readers will be left wondering, are bad guys always bad?
Kirkus Review: http://bit.ly/2ntTbXV
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2nOX8tv
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2nmMhUh
At seven years old Kath Boyd Marsh self-published her first fantasy on lined notebook paper, stapled together by her grandfather, and starring a creature based on her little sister. Before Kath moved to Richmond, KY to write about dragons, wizards, and other fantastic creatures, she lived in seven states, Panama, and one very haunted house. The Lazy Dr'gon and the Bumblespells Wizard was her debut novel.