There was no explanation for it.
I dreamed of dragons three times in the same week. Weird, I thought. I hadn’t seen dragons on television or a movie recently. It’d been decades since I’d read Anne McCaffrey’s dragon books. I couldn’t remember the details of the dreams, only that they involved dragons.
Now, I’m not superstitious about dreams or much of anything else, but who am I to say it wasn’t a cosmic nudge? Besides, I’d been wanting to stretch my writing wings a bit and I’ve been a life-long fan of the fantasy genre. I’ve always loved the good vs. evil, the adventure, bravery and the romantic idealism of fantasy.
I couldn’t abandon my trademark horses, however, so my dream dragons became horses that transform at dusk into fire-breathing winged dragon-horse hybrids. I only needed to find a purpose for my dragon horses.
I’m not a religious or spiritual person, but I’m definitely not an atheist. I don’t believe we’re just a bunch neurons that stop working at some point. I’m sure there are things such as souls, ghosts, an afterlife, possibly reincarnation, hopefully no judgment, and very doubtfully a segregated heaven and hell. I just don’t worry about it. I figure whatever awaits will be no matter what I believe or don’t believe. The safe road, I decided long ago, is just to treat others as I would like them to treat me, and hope for the best ending.
I do worry, however, about how mean-spirited and divided our world has become. The worst dividing lines, in my estimation, are race, religion and politics. The tools used to shove us into these groups, for the most part, are wealth and fear.
So, how does this relate to dragon horses?
The fantasy genre is almost always used as a metaphoric allusion to some social issue. So, I decided to explore my concerns in my story–a trilogy, actually. Because aren’t all good fantasies a trilogy? Thus, “The Calling” is the first in the “Dragon Horse War” series.
My fantasy world isn’t full of brilliant allusions, but it is complicated.
The trouble we’re experiencing now between Christians and Muslims escalates into a massive world war. In the end, the great religions are extinguished and a new era of thought rises up that celebrates diversity and differences. A world government is established that abolishes guns and fossil fuel. Resources that were previously hoarded and traded by competing nations are equally shared. Basic education, food and clothing is free for every person in every corner of the earth. No citizen is oppressed because of their gender, age, skin color or cultural background.
It’s not a perfect world. While there is overall peace, the character of mankind still struggles with jealousy, greed, addictions, domestic problems and other disputes that go along with imperfect human nature. People still work for luxury credits, so some are richer than others. Not all diseases have been cured. And, there are still natural disasters.
In fact, an unusual alignment of the planets causes a spate of natural disasters that give rise to The Natural Order, a cult led by a madman who seeks to take control of the world’s food supply when resources fall dangerously low.
In “The Calling,” the good guys are very sure of their righteous mission to extinguish the cult. But when I said earlier that I set out to explore my concerns, I meant it. As I write this blog for the release of the first Dragon Horse War book, I’m half way through the writing of the second installment and my characters are already finding out there are lessons to be learned by everyone, not just the bad guys.
I’ve always written my romance novels according to an outline, but this series has taken wings, and the characters are flying places I had never imagined in the beginning. Good places. Exciting places.
And, even if you don’t care about the shallow allusions behind the story, “Dragon Horse War: The Calling” is still a D.Jackson Leigh romance (because I’m a hopeless romantic) with fiery battle scenes and a bit of intrigue. At the very least, you’ll hopefully be entertained. At best, perhaps you’ll take JRR Tolkien’s advice to “suspend disbelief” so that you can soar with me on dragon wings and briefly touch the stars.
Enjoy the Ride
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