A sock puppet, in the modern literary world, is an author who adopts a fake persona with which to write glowing testimonials about their books on Amazon and other book review sites. Worse still, they write derogatory reviews of their main competition’s works and give them one star ratings! (This is an adult author thing. We children’s authors are far too nice to do such things!) However, during my fabulous week at the Hull, Big Malarkey Festival, I made a Dragon, Sock Puppet and it keeps talking to me from it’s little lair in a corner of my studio.
“Tell’em!” it whispers.”Tell’em about your dragon trilogy books!”
I always do as I’m told, so here we are – I’m telling you about my dragon books and giving you links to Amazon below. Not blatant marketing at all, just making a Sock Puppet happy!
In my Dragon Trilogy of books, the ancient fortress of Dinas Emrys is a major location, if not a character itself. I did a lot of research online when I wrote the books and decided not to go and visit the place in person. I worried that I might get too obsessed with fitting the story into the reality of the place rather than the magic and fantasy of my imagination.
I tried to go there a few weeks ago (see this video) but it was pouring with rain. So I returned last weekend, on the the Eve of may Day, the day that myth tells us the Red and White Dragons would fight each other across the skies of Ancient Britain. Eventually they were captured and incarcerated beneath Dynas Emrys.
The white dragon represents the invading Saxons and the red dragon eventually became the the symbol of Wales, the land that the Ancient Britons retained after the Saxon invasion.
In this video, I take you up to the top of Dinas Emrys, near Beddgellert in Snowdonia, not far from Mt Snowdon itself, where I read the story of the capture and incarceration of the Red and White dragon, as told in the book, by Mr Davis, teacher of Harri, hero of the stories.
I’m illustrating the final artwork for my upcoming book, Dragon Gold – published by Firefly Press in May. Follow through as I illustrate a page for the book with the dragon in the book, whose name is Tân, which is the Welsh name for Fire. The Welsh for the Welsh Red Dragon is Ddraig Goch – you say that a bit like The-rye-g Goc-h
See my dragon drawing playlist of videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoHizCTkPPM&list=PLuQ9vjXNtWETUedY4-g-TIKbbGmtquIOc&index=1