Today we have an interview with AA Bukhatir, author of the coming of age fantasy novel Dragon Boy and the Witches of Galza! Check out the synopsis:
“Dragon Boy and The Witches of Galza follows the fate of a boy raised amongst humans and oblivious to the fact that he is a dragon. Dragon Boy is entrusted to an old man named Aijou who vows to take care of him until adulthood. Aijou himself is seeking help to escape the dangerous Haroomas Forest and he is aided by the Butterbaby Queen. In his journey through the enchanted woods, Aijou is trapped by the malefic Sister Witches of Galza who remind him of a bargain made in the past that concerns Dragon Boy.
Why are the witches so keen on capturing him and what sinister deeds are they planning? Will Dragon Boy discover his true identity and powers before the situation grows worse? Discover the answers in an epic tale woven with imagination, courage and magic!”
It was a combination of several factors. Since childhood, I loved the idea of wizards, sorcerers, witches, dragons, fairies, monsters, and the supernatural world. I also used to dream about being able to fly. I dreamed that I had large white wings and could fly across the continents. I was also fascinated by fantasy movies and their special effects. Somehow all of these elements combined and, one night, as I was driving with a friend, the idea of Dragon Boy came into my head. As this idea took shape, I knew I had to write it down and the book Dragon Boy And The Witches of Galza came into being.
What insight can you share with us about Dragon Boy himself?
I had to imagine what a boy would go through as a child and a teenager. I created him coming from a supernatural world filled with monsters and evil people. Then I placed him in a world full of normal humans who lived their lives like regular people – loving, caring, hating and fighting.
Which are your favorite characters?
My favorite characters in the first book are the Sister Witches of Galza. I love the way they think and act. They’re so bad that their reputation precedes them. And when you get to know them in the story, they’re the villains you love to hate but with respect.
Who is your favorite author?
J.K. Rowling is definitely my favorite author. But I am also very impressed by Cressida Cowel who wrote “How to Train Your Dragon.” She has been writing since she was a child. I realized that nothing stopped her from tapping her vast imagination and then putting it on paper and making it turn into reality! That really inspired me. I realized that it doesn’t matter where you are, what age you are, or who will like it or not, you can follow your muse, your imagination.
Did you face any challenges writing this book? If so, what were they?
Of course! Every work that is beautifully done should have many obstacles and challenges. And this one had its share of challenges. Keeping track of all the fantastical creatures and making sure that all the pieces of the story make sense were two of challenges. And there’s always the fine line between the believable and the unbelievable. I want the reader to be able to identify with the characters and if they are too strange, then it won’t work.
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