Author Of The Week: Chat with Bethany Wiggins (The Dragon's Price), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Bethany Wiggins (The Dragon's Price), Plus Giveaway!!

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

Introducing Bethany Wiggins, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer. She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn't until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction--not the Bible

Several years later, Bethany's sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read--but it taught her how to write. The rest is history.

 

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Meet The Dragon's Price!!

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.


When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

 

 

 

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YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

 

BETHANY WIGGINS: I have a goofy son—he inherited my creativity, so goofy might be a bit of an understatement. Anyhow, my son goes through phases where he is obsessed with things (Minecraft, Undertale, Ghosts, Mythical Beasts, Robots with Artificial Intelligence), and one night at dinner, he asked what the worth of a dragon’s scale would be, and it was like my mind just opened up, and this huge story idea was dropped into it! I started writing the next day and had a completed manuscript four months later. 

 

 

YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

 

BETHANY WIGGINS: You have to ask??? Golmarr, of course! I wrote everything into him that I wish existed in most men—most importantly a complete respect and equality for women. Oh yeah, he’s kind of gorgeous, too.

 

 

YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

 

BETHANY WIGGINS: The novel definitely came first. It was originally titled TRANSFERENCE, but my publisher told me that wouldn’t fit well on the cover of a book! So we changed it to THE DRAGON’S PRICE.

 

 

YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

 

BETHANY WIGGINS: Every scene with Golmarr, when Sorrowlynn has to make a decision and instead of second guessing her or telling her she’s too weak or too inexperienced, is my favorite. He listens to her, lets her make her own choice, and backs her up every single time. Why can’t all men be like that? 

 

 

YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate? 

 

BETHANY WIGGINS: The ending battle scene of this particular book was the hardest to write . . . I didn’t realize how it would end when I started the story, and then all of a sudden, when I was just about to the final scene, I was hit with the realization that the ending was going to be, well, intense. I burst into tears. I stopped writing. I moped around the house for days, glaring at my computer every time I walked by it. In the end, I sat down and wrote that final battle scene, but it took a lot out of me.

I cried a lot! So if you want to find out why, go pick up the book because I’m not going to spoil it for you! (This, below, is me writing that final scene—you don’t have to use it, but it sums up how I was feeling quite well.)

 

 

 

YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

 

BETHANY WIGGINS: I got 269 rejections from literary agents before I finally got one yes, so I have some very hard-learned advice. Never give up! Even if you have to write manuscript after manuscript, if being a published writer is your dream and goal, the more you write, the better you get, and the better you get, the more likely you are to achieve your dream. My fifth book was the one that got me an agent—and that was many years after I started writing. THE DRAGON’S PRICE is my tenth-ish book. So if you love something enough, don’t be afraid to work for it.

 

 

 

 

The Dragon's Price

By: Bethany Wiggins

Release Date: February 21, 2017

 

 

 

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Comments 9

John on Monday, 20 February 2017 15:31

I find the cover quite unsettling, but the synopsis was most reassuring.

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I find the cover quite unsettling, but the synopsis was most reassuring.
Anne on Friday, 24 February 2017 19:44

Looks like a good story! Not a fan of the cover though.

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Looks like a good story! Not a fan of the cover though.
Heidi Wong on Sunday, 26 February 2017 20:14

The cover is a bit unsettling, but I think it conveys the fierceness in the main character. The synopsis sounds good, so I can't wait to read the book.

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The cover is a bit unsettling, but I think it conveys the fierceness in the main character. The synopsis sounds good, so I can't wait to read the book.
Lily M. on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:36

I like that you can see a little of the dragon in the cover ?

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I like that you can see a little of the dragon in the cover ?
Shannon Mizikoski on Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:36

The synopsis sounds SO good, and I have heard amazing things from people who've read it, so I am quite excited! The cover definitely is unique, I love the font of the title, too!

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The synopsis sounds SO good, and I have heard amazing things from people who've read it, so I am quite excited! The cover definitely is unique, I love the font of the title, too!
Irene Menge on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:36

The synopsis is intriguing,but the cover doesn't seem to convey what the synopsis implies.

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The synopsis is intriguing,but the cover doesn't seem to convey what the synopsis implies.
Linda Romer on Saturday, 18 March 2017 13:19

The Dragon's Price sounds great! I love the sword on the cover. Thank you

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The Dragon's Price sounds great! I love the sword on the cover. Thank you
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 19 March 2017 08:52

The cover is very interesting and has so much to look at. The synopsis sounds very exciting with lots at stake for the characters and lots of action.

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The cover is very interesting and has so much to look at. The synopsis sounds very exciting with lots at stake for the characters and lots of action.
Penny Olson on Monday, 20 March 2017 23:30

The cover is original and I'm intrigued by what sounds like a good dragon story.

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The cover is original and I'm intrigued by what sounds like a good dragon story.

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