Never judge a dragon
by her human cover...
Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.
Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.
Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.
I’ve been obsessed with dragons for a long time. I’m guessing it started with Pete’s Dragon and my longing for a dragon who would cook my apples with his fire breath and fly me wherever I wanted to go. In every fiction, they’re beautiful and majestic creatures, but that’s where the similarities seem to end.
It wasn’t until I started researching for Dragons are People, Too that the reason why dragons in fiction are so varied (intellectually, culturally, personality-wise) is because their stories originate from almost every major cultural region. To me, it’s mind-blowing to realize that all of these cultures independently came up with their own version of dragon myth.
From the typical fire-breathing winged dinosaur we all know and love, to the great dragon gods of Chinese mythology, all the way down to the kinda weird tatzelwurm of the Alpine myths (which I actually based my African dragons on), these myths have developed with their own local flavor, but with enough similarities to send shivers down your spine .
In DAPT , I use this collective mythology to build a world where the different dragon types are all just different races among the dragon species. They’ve evolved to take on human form as a result of human sprawl and the conscious desire (for the most part) to interact with humans in a civil way.
I had fun researching all the different dragon mythologies and am not done playing with them!
She's a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library and as a freelance book publicist and author's assistant. She also blogs at YAtopia and video blogs at the YA Rebels.
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