Indie Superstars with the Author of Dragons of Kaitstud + GIVEAWAY (International)

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This week we’re interviewing Clarissa Gosling, Author of Dragons of Kaitstud.

Caitlin Haines: Can you tell us a little about Dragons of Kaitstud?

Clarissa Gosling:The main character, Birgith, has been brought up by her father in the Bear Clan. But no one (apart from the two of them) knows that her mother is a dragon, as dragons are thought to be extinct. So she facing the test to prove she’s able to shift and so gain her place as an adult member of the Bear Clan, while worried she will instead shift into a dragon, which will condemn her to death and her hidden family to be hunted.


Caitlin: Where did the inspiration come from?

Clarissa: The initial idea started around the concept of dragons being matriarchal and it developed from there. Birgith’s mother is the only survivor from when the humans overthrew the dragon monarchy, but she couldn’t overcome her desire to have children. In the meantime, the world has changed. It is now split between four clans of animal shifters, with the Conservatoire, who co-ordinate the powers accessible through music.


Caitlin: What is it about fantasy and dragons that draws you in so much?

Clarissa: I’ve always loved dragons since I first read the Dragon riders of Pern as a teenager. There is something majestic about them.


Caitlin: Who is your favorite character in this series and why?

Clarissa: Birgith has three brothers, and they are such fun to write. She’s grown up on her own, and over the course of the books has to come to terms with these three who have an opinion on everything and how things should work. They’re incredibly loyal, but over-bearing at times.


I also have a weak spot for Birgith’s mother. She’s gone through so much in her life, spending most of it alone, so it is incredibly emotional to see her freeing herself of some of the restrictions she’d placed on herself.


Caitlin: If you were dropped into this world, what would be your role (hero, sidekick, etc.)?

Clarissa: If I can’t be a dragon, then I want to be a conductor and use the music to produce magic. I’d love to ride a floatship and travel the lands to explore.


Caitlin: What’s one thing you have to have while writing (music, quiet, snacks, coffee, etc.)?

Clarissa: I nearly always listen to music, often the radio. I like to have a candle burning as well, to get me in the mood.


Caitlin: Can you give us a hint at what’s to come next? The third book, Dragon Queen, releases this week, correct?

Clarissa: Dragon Queen is the final book in the trilogy, so it contains lots of things I’ve been working up to all series. There’s another dragon, a defenestration, Haydn comes into his own and stands up for himself, and Birgith has to reconcile both halves of her heritage in order to try and save everyone.

Meet Clarissa Gosling

Clarissa has always lived more in the world of daydream and fiction than in reality. In her writing she explores purpose and belonging across worlds. Having never found an actual portal to faeryland, she creates her own fantastical worlds where dragons, fae and other magical creatures rule.
She now lives in the Netherlands with her family, where she writes as much as they will let her. When not reading or writing, she drinks too much tea and has a burgeoning obsession with Bundt cakes.
Clarissa is the author of the “Dragons of Kaitstud” and “Lost Princess of Starlight” YA fantasy series, and the “Expat Life” series of non-fiction guides for families moving, and living, abroad.
She is an admin for the 365 Writing Challenge, an international group that supports people to build the habit of writing. And she is one of the co-hosts of the Reading Queens podcast, which discusses mainly young adult fantasy books and their major tropes. Find out more about her at

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2 thoughts on “Indie Superstars with the Author of Dragons of Kaitstud + GIVEAWAY (International)”

  1. ldittmer says:

    My students would love this series!

  2. Cori says:

    These look fantastic!

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