Prince Darinel is traveling–for what feels like forever. Expelled from his father’s kingdom, he just wants to find a new home. When a shadow lures him to a wealthy kingdom, he stays to discover more about the darkness, but the citizens are tight-lipped.
Their king welcomes the foreign Prince hoping that he will solve his two problems: the dragon and his strong-willed daughter. Coming from a warrior kingdom, Darinel despises violence, but charmed by Princess Tuskja’s dare, he sets out to confront the beast. Instead of finding a fierce dragon, he finds a friend. The dragon’s malicious humor and his love of fairy tales entangle Darinel in a summer of adventures, while danger stirs in the East, the Dark Prince. Being refused by the Princess and humiliated by the dragon, this proud prince seeks revenge.
In compliance with the king’s decree, Darinel is torn between his friendship with the dragon and his love for Princess Tuskja, whom he can only marry if he kills his friend. Before he can make a decision, the kingdom is under attack. Now it is up to the dragon to either help his friend or respect his wish to not interfere.
Q) What inspired you to write this book?
It started as a Goodnight story for the son of a friend of mine. He wanted a knight and fight tale, but a dragon popped into my head. He was quite funny and I love dragons. Before I knew it the story developed into a full length book after I introduced it to a writing course at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The writing itself. I love the flow of it. When I write I emerge myself into the story and the characters. I am one of them and I get to know them like my friends with all their perks and flaws.
Q) What is your favorite candy?
Peppermint Dark Chocolate. I could eat tones of them and in all variations from chocolate to cookies to ice cream.
Q) What is your favorite cartoon?
That’s a tough question. I never watched a lot of cartoons. I think Tom and Jerry stand out the most.
Q) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When I was in university. I always enjoyed writing the term papers that my friends hated. I started with short stories in German and after I moved to Canada I wrote for children in English.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More adventures from Darinel and Idunal. I have finished the first draft of the second book and now I am in the editing process. I also wrote a few shorter chapterbook stories for younger readers about cross-country skiing and mysteries.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and if your readers want to find out more about my book or my, they can check out my webpage: www.antjehergt.com or my facebook author page Antje Hergt or follow me in Twitter @antjehergt.
About the author:Born and raised in Germany, Antje Hergt came to explore the Canadian Rockies in Canmore, Alberta in 2003. Taking part in the Writing-with-Style Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2007 encouraged her to follow her passion: writing for children. Darinel Dragonhunter is her first novel, which was inspired by her deep love for classic children literature and fairy tales. Her thrill for science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows had an outlet in various genre short stories. She is a member of the Alberta Writer’s Guild and graduated from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen with a degree in Modern Languages.
Currently, Antje still lives in Canmore with her snoring cat, Sally, and gets inspired by the magic of the Rocky Mountains. When she is not in Canmore, then you can find her in Germany.