She wanted dragon gold. She got a pair of shoes.
Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after.
This is not one of those stories.
True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.
But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.
Why I Wrote It
This book was like magic. My son, our oldest child, has worried since the day he was born that if he goes to sleep, he'll miss out on something. He never slept as an infant. NEVER.
I had been struggling to get published for nine years, and now I had been rejected 187 times and had a baby who cried from exhaustion all night but wouldn't sleep! One night, very tired, my husband and I decided that I would take a break from writing for a while, and just focus on our son and trying to get him to sleep. And eat. And stop crying. So of course he went to bed that night without any fuss. And of course, right as I was shutting down my laptop for the night, the entire story of Dragon Slippers just downloaded into my brain! I knew every line, every name, every dragon and what they hoarded. It was beautiful. It was magical. And it hasn't happened since!
In almost every book the name of a person or place is sort of a private joke that I added. In Dragon Slippers, there are several. For one thing, both Azarte and Pippin are real life dogs. Pippin is my little Maltese, Azarte is my sister’s Russian wolfhound. Velika was the name of her other wolfhound, a beautiful animal who sadly passed away not long after Dragon Slippers came out. Luka got his name because at the time I was writing DS, I had gotten hooked on the morning reruns of "ER", and my husband was accusing me of being in love with Dr. Luka Kovacs. So I named my handsome prince after the handsome doctor! Ha!
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