Over the next several weeks we'll be spotlighting some of the authors who will be appearing in our Mythical Doorways anthology.
Today's author visit is with Jenelle Leanne Schmidt. Her story Dragon Ward will soar into our soon to be released anthology. I hear she might've brought some dragons
Read on to find out more!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing:
I’m a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of four and an unapologetic nerd. I love all things fantasy and sci-fi (please don’t ask me to choose between them). My favorite things to do generally involve anything I can do with my family. My stories tend to include strong elements of family and adventure, as well as magic, dragons, and epic battles... at least, for now. I have some steampunk-flavored fantasy and sci-fi mystery books in the works, as well!
What inspired Dragon Ward?
The “Doorways” theme inspired me from the start. I’ve always been a compulsive “opener of doors” - generally I think I’m hoping to find a gateway to Narnia. I mulled over a few options before I realized that the Corridor from my Minstrel’s Song series was a perfect “doorway” that probably had a ton of stories I had not yet explored. I chatted with my husband (often he plays the role of “muse” for me... and one of these days he is probably going to need some sort of co-authoring credit!) and he tossed out a few ideas. One of them caught and stuck... and Dragon Ward was born!
Does this story connect in any way to your other works, either stylistically or by being in a shared universe? If so, how? If not, why did you choose this departure from the norm?
The story takes place in the same realm as my Minstrel’s Song series. When the theme of “doorways” was announced, I knew that there was a story I had alluded to in one of the books that needed to be written. The Corridor is a place that features heavily in Second Son and the upcoming Minstrel’s Call, and this story gives a bit of its history. Dragon Ward also delves into the story of Gwynna and Keltarrka, who are mentioned in Yorien’s Hand.
Because the theme of this anthology is doorways, we really need to know how you would handle this hypothetical scenario:
You approach a wooden door at the end of a long, dark passage. It is big and heavy. Warmth radiates from the wrought-iron handle. You hear a strange noise rising through it. What's on the other side and what do you do?
First, I might hesitate a little... after all... this is not normal. However, as I have already told you, I am a compulsive opener-of-doors... so I would open it and peek inside. A dragon... there is definitely a dragon on the other side. Now, some people might slam the door shut... but if I caught a glimpse of some fantastical realm behind the dragon, I might just get caught up in the moment (I have read a LOT of fantasy, after all, and not all dragons are evil... and I know some pretty great riddles, which I’m pretty sure dragons enjoy...) and step through. I mean, here’s the adventure I’ve been wanting to find ever since my dad first read me The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! How could I pass that up?
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