In a world where dragons fly free and dragon riders are honored by all, sixteen-year-old Mere struggles with her place. Everyone in her family is a dragon rider, except for her. When a bully begins to rub it in, Mere’s insecurities come to a head. Upon seeing her so upset, Grandma Duskya gives Mere her old journal; a book inscribed with the family’s special heritage.
Will Grandma’s journal help Mere see that not everyone has to be the same to be special? Will it help Mere acquire the courage to stand up for herself?
Start from the very beginning in this exciting prequel to the middle grade fantasy Dragon Courage series, Dragon’s Heritage by Kandi J Wyatt.
Dragon’s Heritage Excerpt
“Younglings,” Patryck called out, “you are going to work with your dragons this morning. The first thing you need to do is call them here. There is enough room for all of them, but please find your own little space. You will have to tell your dragon where you are and ask him or her to come find you.”
Varying degrees of sound came from the different younglings as they called their dragons, much like calling a dog or a cat in for the evening. I shook my head wondering what the others were doing. Lorayna was the first to see that neither Ruskya nor I were doing anything.
“Why aren’t you calling your dragon?” she asked me in a quiet voice.
“Because that’s not how you do it.”
“Oh, yeah?” Austyn said getting everyone’s attention. “Then how do you do it, know-it-all?”
“Like this,” Ruskya said not raising his voice.
He nodded to me and the two of us bowed our heads. I pictured my silvery blue dragon in my mind. With it came an image of Wryn curled up in a cave. The dragon stretched out both front legs.
“Hi, Wryn. Can you come to me?”
“Where are you?”
I looked up and saw the canyon. I tried to remember where we had come since we left Marealynn’s home. Some of it was blurry because I hadn’t paid close attention.
“Forget them,” Austyn said. “They don’t know what they’re doing any more than we do.” He turned and began shouting for Wyborn.
No sooner did he get his dragon’s name out of his mouth, then a shadow passed over the younglings and Patryck. I caught the interest that flickered through Patryck as he looked up and smiled. Wryn and Wyeth landed right in front of Ruskya and me.
“That’s how it’s done,” I said as I reached out to pet Wryn. “Huh, girl?”
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Author Kandi J Wyatt Interview
How did you decide on the name for the novel?
That actually came about after the writing. At first it was just Duskya’s story readers want to know. Then my marketing contact thought up Dragon’s Past. That’s where it stayed until a beta reader suggested making the story part I had written a journal from Duskya that her granddaughter read. That’s when the idea of heritage formed in my mind. I asked my fans which name was better: Dragon’s Past or Dragon’s Heritage.
What was your inspiration behind the story?
I wanted to answer the questions reviewers and readers had about Dragon’s Future. A conversation with a librarian actually ignited the flame for the story.
Who is your favorite author?
Timothy Zahn. I love how he makes words sing. My favorite children’s author would be Cornelia Funke. She places you right in the story.
Does anything hinder your writing?
Life, ideas, other characters screaming at me to write their story.
About Author Kandi J Wyatt
Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that’s her own five or the hundreds of students she’s been lucky to teach. When Kandi’s not spinning words to create stories, she’s using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.