A friend of mine wrote to me with a question. He wanted to know if I could think of any titles that might be comparable to his work. This is something we writer’s have to consider when we’re trying to sell our stories and my friend wanted to know if I had read anything similar since he knows I read a lot of fiction and fantasy. Nothing came to mind right away which presents a unique challenge.
I’ve thought a lot about this lately with my own work. I’ve enjoyed books like Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, His Majesty’s Dragon: A Novel of Temeraire by Naomi Novik, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, just to name a few. Are you sensing a theme? Good. Going further, who doesn’t remember wanting their very own luck dragon after seeing The Neverending Story?
But my dragon’s a little different. His name is Zephyr, and he’s inspired by Christopher Rowley’s Bazil Broketail. Zephyr is a battledragon. He doesn’t fly, and he doesn’t breathe fire. The first time we meet him, he’s not full-grown either. He needs help. That’s what led him to bite my protagonist, Moira, in the first place.
Personally, I believe my book is fit for anyone who’s a fan of dragons. (Can you think of some other books with dragons?) Zephyr is just different from all the other dragons that come to mind right away.
I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
Doing the Write Thing,
P.S. I eventually came up with an answer for my friend, but I made sure to tell him to check my idea out for himself and wished him luck