We’re thrilled to have here today Rakan from Dina von Lowenkraft’s debut YA Fantasy, Dragon Fire. Rakan is a teenage shapeshifting dragon living between Ngari, Tibet and Tromso, Norway.
It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
I think it is a fair account, and although I would like to change some of my actions in the book, they are what happened. If I knew what I know now, I would have reacted differently.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I think Dina understood my inner conflicts and portrayed them with fairness. I would have preferred to have had her clue me in to a few things earlier on, though. And I don’t think she needed to let Anna suffer as much as she did.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
My ability to control my emotions and to maintain the calm I need to fight.
My inability to control my emotions around Anna. I forget everything when we are together. Even when it puts us both in danger.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
I’m afraid I don’t watch a lot of human movies, but it would have to be a Tibetan. Perhaps a Khampa, they are taller than some of the others – as I am. Although, I really don’t see how a human can portray my dragon form – so you might have to let me play myself for that!
Do you have a love interest in the book?
My life revolves around Anna. I can no longer imagine it without her – even if the book starts before we met.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
From quite early on actually. There were too many factors that were beyond my control, from my sister’s reckless behavior, to my inability to concentrate around Anna. And then all of my questions about who – or what – June actually was… It was only when I understood and accepted what I would have to sacrifice to stop all the fighting, that I came into that inner place of calm that would allow me to change the course of history.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Kariaksuq. She was manipulated from the beginning and was forced to do many things that she felt was wrong. Even when I made mistakes, they were my choices, and I believed that what I was doing was right. Kariaksuq never had that freedom and her life was torture.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Frustrated. Happy. Excited. Devastated. Hopeful. And a bit terrified about how things will play out in the future. I guess the feeling I have looking back on it now is determined.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
Give me time with Anna. Even just a few weeks. I need her. I love her. And if I must die, promise me first that Anna and the earth will be safe. I won’t let myself die until you do.
Thank you for this interview, Rakan. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
I certainly hope so – because it will mean I will be with Anna. Or it had better mean that. Can I add something to my previous answer? Dina, be forewarned that if you write a second book and I can’t have time with Anna, I will make your life miserable.
Is that a threat, Rakan?
*Rakan flashes a devastatingly handsome smile* I’m a dragon. I take care of my own.
ABOUT DRAGON FIRE
Some choices are hard to live with.
But some choices will kill you.
When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to his pulsing energy. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.
Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Author: Dina von Lowenkraft
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
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Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and three horses.
Dina loves to create intricate worlds filled with conflict and passion. She builds her own myths while exploring issues of belonging, racism and the search for truth… after all, how can you find true love if you don’t know who you are and what you believe in? Dina’s key to developing characters is to figure out what they would be willing to die for. And then pushing them to that limit.
Book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18282428-dragon-fire
Goodreads Author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123641.Dina_von_Lowenkraft
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Dina-von-Lowenkraft/e/B00ED2IZYY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1