Originally posted on Renee Writes:
Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Kandi J Wyatt with her book, Dragon's Posterity.
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.”
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When Ruskya and his son Ardyn but heads regarding tradition, Kyn sets out to make peace. What he least expects is to start a new tradition! An illusive vision of a plain on the ocean sets a quest into motion to bring together the younglings from all the dragon colonies into a challenge that will help them gain their independence. Will pride be set aside and younglings find friendships or will enemies be made instead?
Keep reading for an interview with Ardyn from Dragon's Posterity:
Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?
I was born in the dragon colony of Three Spans Canyon. I was surrounded by family and dragons. What wasn't to like? Oh, yeah, tradition. For the most part, I'm okay with the traditions around home. It just was when Da told me there was a specific way to braid leather and it couldn't be changed that I had issues with tradition.
Do you have a close relationship with your family?
Grandma lived a dragon ride away. Any number of family members could retrieve her or I could go visit her by the time I was old enough to fly on my own. Uncle Glendyn doted on me. He lived just a short walk away down one of the other side canyons. Uncle Kyn lived with us until just before my eighth winter. I have two sisters and a younger brother. It seemed like Ma was pregnant every other winter until my sixth winter. I'm sad that none of my siblings have become dragon riders yet. I still hold out hope that one day a dragon will find them.
Ma and Da are the best. Ma's a healer of dragons. She can communicate with them and help heal their inner wounds. That's actually how she became a rider. Da, how can I explain him? I guess, the best way is to say that he's a powerful rider despite his size. His power comes from inside him.
Aunt Duskya is Da's sister. The two are twins who have a very unique bond. Even though they live two and a half to three and a half days away from each other via dragon flight, their bond has remained strong through the winters. As soon as they are within a half a day's dragon ride from each other, they can sense each other and communicate together. Aunt Duskya is married to the leader of the dragon colony in Boeskay. She and Uncle Cerulean have two kids, Carryn and Darryn. Carryn is three winters younger than me, but we've always been close. Her brother is two winters younger yet.
What is the happiest memory from your childhood?
That would have to be the times spent with my cousins. I had seen eight winters when a friend of the family, Braidyn, came bearing news that Carryn's hatchling had been eggnapped. He convinced Ma and Da that I could come with them to visit Uncle Cerulean and Aunt Duskya. I was able to spend just over a moon with them. We rode Nube, my dragon, every day.
About a moon cycle later, Uncle Kyn talked Ma and Da into letting me go with them to Braidyn's wedding. I was able to see the El'shad'n firsthand. Their parties are amazing! They know how to roast a lamb to perfection. Then they have sweets and music, dancing, and fire dancers. I'm not a storyteller. You'll have to hear Kyn tell about the El'shad'n or even Braidyn. Then you'll be there and understand it.
Tell us a little about your world.
My world is a world where dragons live in peace with riders. We have lands of canyons, an inland sea that takes a half a day to cross on dragonback, sandhills as far as the eye can see, mountains, ocean, a valley filled with water, farm lands, mountain crags full of ebony, and a deep, dark forest. It's a world waiting to be explored. People inhabit most of it, except the forest outside Boeskay. I live in the northern canyon country.
What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?
I want most of all to live up to the expectations of others around me. Braidyn once told me that I would become a great leader and honor my family and canyon. I want to become a respected man. A man who lives with integrity, shows mercy, brings peace, and holds no bitterness.
Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?
Uncle Kyn by far is the greatest influence in my life. He isn't really my uncle, but he was there for my birth and ever since at any time in my life that I needed him, he's been there. He's the one who filled my insatiable questions as a youngling of nine winters when I tried to understand the El'shad'n world Braidyn married into. It was Uncle Kyn who told me stories by the fire as I grew up and inspired me to be the best dragon rider I could be. And it was Uncle Kyn who helped bring peace between my da and I when I needed to stretch my wings and become my own person. When Da and I would argue over my artwork with the leather, Uncle Kyn would listen and help make peace.
Do you have any hobbies? What are they?
I love braiding leather, but not any ordinary leatherwork. I make art. I dye the strips to make them just the right colors to accent the dragon who will use the harness. Then I create special designs that are woven into functional art.
What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?
Nube. There is absolutely no way I could part with my dragon. She's been a part of my life since we both had seen less than one moon. She's protected me and I her. We are one. If one of us died, the other would have a very hard time living.
What was the most exciting adventure you've ever been on?
I'd have to say my most exciting adventure was when Uncle Kyn took me to tell everyone about the first youngling challenge. I was able to see all the different dragon rider colonies, and then help him set up the camp for the riders to come. Then I competed in the first challenge. That taught me so much about myself. I know the other younglings on my team felt the same way.