Happy Tuesday! If you love dragons and stories with fairy tale flair, check out this brand new novella: The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen. And if you want more asexual, aromantic, and trans characters in your library, this one’s for you. 🙂
For a fun little treat today, I’m excited to share an interview with Sir Violet from The Dragon of Ynys. (Thanks to Violet for taking the time to hang out with us! It’s so great getting to know you.)
Today’s post is part of Minerva’s blog tour, so don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour, as listed below!
Title: The Dragon of Ynys
Author: Minerva Cerridwen
Release date: May 16, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy tale
Length: 21,000 words
Published by: Less Than Three Press
Cover artist: Kirby Crow
Every time something goes missing from the village, Sir Violet makes his way to the dragon’s cave and negotiates the item’s return. It’s annoying, but at least the dragon is polite.
But when the dragon steals a person, that’s a step too far. As Sir Violet ventures out to get the missing baker back, however, he quickly realizes things are not at all what they seem…
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~ Interview with Sir Violet from The Dragon of Ynys ~
Today on the Web we have an interview with Sir Violet, knight of Ynys. Welcome, Sir!
Thanks! Just call me Violet.
The novella you appear in is called The Dragon of Ynys, but you’re not the dragon, are you?
No, I’m a little short for that. And not scaly and toothy enough.
So what’s your role in this tale?
Well, they tell me I’m the main character, but… I’m basically just tagging along. You see, being a knight in a small village like Ynys is really more like being a detective. Holly hired me to find Juniper, her wife. She’d disappeared and obviously we needed her back, because who else would bake all those wonderful treats for us?
But the truth is, I’m not a very skilled knight. I wouldn’t have gotten far without the help of my friends.
When did you decide to become a knight?
When I was a teenager, everyone else either had these great passions they wanted to pursue, or they sort of rolled into their family’s business. But my biggest passion was food, and running a restaurant myself sounded way too stressful. Too many people with high expectations and no way of hiding from their incessant chattering…
And it’s not like our village needed a restaurant critic. Word of mouth will do the job when you’ve got all of two restaurants.
So when Lady Edelweiss was looking for a trainee, I decided I could make myself useful that way. Solving puzzles from gathering clues sounded like fun, in theory. It turned out the job wasn’t overly exciting, but… Then the dragon turned up.
What was your first impression of him?
It was pretty dark in the cave, so I couldn’t see Snap that well. And, no offence, but I think that was probably for the best. His teeth look kind of… sharp.
Does he eat humans?
Ha, no. As Juniper would put it, he’s a big sweetheart.
He might bite off my head for telling you that, though.
Then let’s move on to safer subjects. What’s your favourite food?
Juniper’s cinnamon rolls!
A flight in a hot-air balloon. I wonder how different it really is from travelling by dragon.
Weapon of choice?
I’d say my sword, but… Those things are awfully heavy. I prefer situations where I don’t need a weapon at all.
What’s your favourite moment of the story?
My fondest memory is the night outside in the forest. Not because of the forest—that was uncomfortable and awful. I don’t understand how the animals that live there ever get a good night’s sleep.
But Snap and I sat by the fire and we had a decent talk for the first time in ten years. He told me where he came from and I was honoured he opened up to me. It felt like the true start of our friendship.
How have things changed for you since your adventure?
I think for me as a knight the big change is that I’ve had an adventure. I’d never really left my village before. I never thought I’d say it, but it made me want to see more of the world. Fortunately, I get to travel for my new quest.
Is there any specific place you’d really love to visit?
I know I’d have to dress up warm, but I’d love to be on top of the world’s highest mountain at some point, just to enjoy the view. As long as I don’t have to walk there myself.
Apart from that, I’d like to try food specialties everywhere! I’m a lot more adventurous when it comes to delicacies. I think that’s something I have in common with my author.
And aside from the changes concerning you profession, how did the experience affect you on a personal level?
I made new friends and I’ve learned a lot. For example, the Web taught me I’m aromantic and asexual. I’d never experienced attraction nor felt a wish to be in a non-platonic relationship, and it’s nice to have words for that. Talking about it is easier than just hiding behind Snap every time the subject comes up.
I can imagine. Thank you for the interview, Violet.
Thanks for having me! Now let’s move on to the important part.
Yes, I can’t wait to try those famous cinnamon buns!
You can read about Violet’s adventure in The Dragon of Ynys, published by Less Than Three Press on May 16, 2018, and available for purchase here.
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Schedule for The Dragon of Ynys Blog Tour!
May 15 – 28, 2018
- Review & character interview via CandidCeillie: http://candidceillie.com
- Review via Barely a Blogger: https://barelyablogger.wordpress.com/
- Review via Jennifer Lee Rossman: https://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com/
- Review & interview via Crimson Talks Books, Mostly: https://crimsontalksbooks.wordpress.com
- Review via Ava Kelly: http://avakellyfiction.com/news/
- Character interview via Archer Kay Leah: https://archerkayleah.wordpress.com/
- YouTube interview via Amphibian Press: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCthRhMtY9NSLpbCIMNd20tw/videos
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About the Author
Minerva Cerridwen is a Belgian writer and pharmacist with a great love for fantasy, science fiction and fairy tales. She enjoys baking, drawing and handlettering. Since 2013 she has been writing for Paranatellonta (http://paranatellonta.tumblr.com/). Her first published work was the queer fairy tale ‘Match Sticks’ in the ‘Unburied Fables’ anthology. For updates on her newest projects, visit her website (http://minervacerridwen.wordpress.com/) or follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/minerva_cerr).
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