Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Of course, my dear interviewing interviewer! I am Erlen Dragontamer, and I, naturally and of course, tame dragons! That is the beginning, middle, and end of what I was, am, and will be!
I see… And how do you figure into this story?
I figured and surmised that you’d asked that! And I’ll tell you, oh yes, I will. For I, Erlen Dragontamer, tamer of such dragons as the One-Eyed Dragon of Maul, the Terrible Toothless Tiger Dragon of Tenzuria, and many more, am the hero of this, and many other, tales of triumphant triumph, and other great things.
That really didn’t tell me much.
Or did it tell you too much? For the tales of my glory are vast and unending, and frequently send others into a dizzying despair of driving drama!
OK, OK. Let’s get back to the actual book. It’s entitled The Girl with Red Hair, and follows a group of four would-be heroes as they seek to protect a young girl of mysterious origins. Unfortunately, Tannyl, Jaydan, Sachihiro, and Alexander had other commitments, and could not make this interview. So they sent you, Erlen--
Dragontamer. I tame dragons, after all, or it wouldn’t be much of a name, now would it?
Dragontamer. Yes, of course. So Erlen Dragontamer, maybe you can tell me what makes Adelaide, this girl with red hair, so important. If you can.
If I can?! Surely, you jest and joke, for I am Erlen Dragontamer. I have tamed devilish dragons, dirty dragons, and draconicly draconic dragons.
(sighs loudly) Now I see why Jaydan apologized for sending you.
The nerve! The nerve, I say! And I say again, the nerve! For that lot of sorry heroes would be nothing without ol’ Erlen Dragontamer to guide them along their path. Do you honestly, and in truth, believe they could have found access to the Fae Wyld without Erlen Dragontamer?
OK, now we’re getting somewhere. So you helped them reach the Fae world? Now why would they need to go there?
I guided them as only a guide can guide the guideless. It is not just dragons that I tame, but the unruly and directionless. For I am Erlen Dragontamer. Tamer of--
I got it. What is it that they were looking for in the Fae Wyld?
Answers! To questions. Questions that unquestionably had the lot in quite a questioning quandary. What were those shadowy things that destroyed their home? And what do they want with that insipid, snappy, and sharp-tongued young girl? They were claimed to be dragons, but I know dragons, for I am Erlen Dragontamer, and I, without fault, and with cruel, cataclysmic charm, tame dragons. And those shadowy beasts are no dragons.
Ok. So let me see if I’ve got this straight. The four heroes--
(sighs) Fine. Five heroes happen upon a strange girl who is being relentlessly pursued by shadowy creatures not of either world, and they go to the Fae Wyld in search of answers?
To questionable questions.
Of course. Well, Erlen Dragontamer, is there anything else you’d like the readers to know about The Girl with Red Hair?
Absolutely not. And what a trivially trivial and silly title. For it should truly, and in actuality, read ‘Erlen Dragontamer: Tamer of Dragons and Dragon Tamer Taming Dragons: A Trilogy of Terrific and Terrifyingly Terrible Terrors and Tales.’
Isn’t that a bit redundant?
That is ridiculously ridiculous and of little sense. For I am Erlen Dragontamer and I tame…
Well this was a waste of time.
(Erlen continues a never-ending list of his accolades.)
Title: The Girl With Red Hair
Author: Michael J. Sanford
She was just a lost girl when they found her.
The circumstances are odd, that much is true. But she’s just a child. She needs protecting. She needs guardians.
Before long, strange magic manifests from the small girl, equally awe inspiring as it is terrifying.
Does she control the fire and light?
Or do they control her?
Shadows are rising from Alfuria, the very world beneath their feet. Sometimes they call, wishing for an unending embrace.
Dragons have risen as well, from myth and legend, stalking land and sky. The roar of such beasts shakes even the most resolute warrior.
Shadows, gods, dragons, and the girl with red hair. What is real and what is merely illusion?
Adelaide is undoubtedly important.
That may be the only certainty.
Michael has always been a prisoner to his imagination. His childhood was spent running through the forest, pretending to be a gallant warrior saving the countryside from certain destruction. Or he was a ferocious beast terrorizing the very same countryside. There is always a story spinning through his mind. As an adult, writing has become the only way to keep his head from exploding.
He lives in upstate New York with his loving wife and two cats. If he’s not writing, he’s likely reading, weightlifting, or forcing his players into difficult situations from behind his Dungeon Master’s screen. He is a storyteller first and a writer second.
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