1.. Tricia: Donita, first of all, I think I have your biggest fan living in my house. My twelve-year-old loves your books. When did you first decide to write about dragons?
Donita: January 22, 2002.
2.. Tricia: What is the most interesting comment you’ve received from a fan?
Donita: Interesting question. A mother wrote to me that her son would not read. She forced him to start reading DragonSpell, and now he is a voracious reader.
3.. Tricia: Donita, you blog on http://girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com/. You also have many online chats, on-line games, etc. Why is connecting with young people important to you?
Donita: There are so many negative forces out there influencing our young people. I hope, by interacting with them, I can negate some of the poison being thrown at their minds.
4.. Tricia: New shoes or new earrings?
Donita: New earrings. In fact, I have too many earrings, but I still buy more. And I like making earrings.
5.. Tricia: When was the last time you giggled? What typically makes you laugh?
Donita: I giggle all day long. I giggled over the answer to the first question.
6.. Tricia: Fantasy has a dedicated fan base. What do Fantasy readers expect in a novel?
Donita: Good versus evil on a grand scale. A hero who is unimpressive on the surface, yet vanquishes the villain through developing attributes of courage and cunning. They want hope and adventure.
7.. Tricia: Tell me about your writing process.
Donita: I am a seat-of-the-pants writer.
8.. Tricia: If you had to create a new recipe that your main character–and your kids–would enjoy . . . what would it include?
Donita: We do this all this the time. The recipes are on the website, www.dragonkeeper.us. My favorite is flatworm soup.
9.. Tricia: If you had a dragon for a pet, what would you name him/her? Why?
Donita: So-so. I like the way it sounds, and being the only dragon in the world I wouldn’t want him to get a big head.
10.. Tricia: What book is currently on the top of your to-be-read pile?
Donita: Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted, and 50 Days of Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I like reading books that give me information that will improve my walk with God and my writing craft. I usually read two books at a time, and I read a lot more fiction than I do nonfiction. You just happened to have asked me when I had two non-fiction on my side table.
In HIS Love,
Donita K. Paul
DragonKnight, WaterBrook, June 2006