Monthly Archives: August 2009

Farlkris is coming!

The blurb for Farlkris – the sequel to Scordril – has now been put on the publisher’s website. You can find it here.

For those who can’t be bothered to pop over, here is what it says:

Hannah is named ‘buddy’ to Kris when he first arrives in school. But he is really Farlkris, a young dragon on a mission. His success or failure will seal the fate of both Musselburgh and the dragon layr below the old industrial park.

Hannah and Kris join forces to find and eliminate the source of this terrible threat to both overgrounder and dragon. Their search takes them into conflict with school friends and authorities, the dragonmage Scordril, and Mason Blackwood, a clever but ruthless man whose only aim is to live for ever.

How will the dragons keep their existence secret? And what part is played by Morris, a wise old man who knows all about animals and nature?

Against a background of waning magic powers, dying animals and ferocious storms, Hannah and Kris’s courage – despite unbearable grief – leads to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion.

We’re both agog for the early November publishing date and we’ll be round at the local shops signing copies as soon as it’s available.


How do dragons morph?

Only one of us was able to get to East Linton on Wednesday. But it was great to meet you all. I hope you’ve started reading Scordril and are enjoying it. Do use the contact form on the main website to tell us what you like most.

Someone asked the question: how do dragons change into human form? In other words, how does Scordril become an overgrounder when he’s walking up Traprain Law to investigate the dragongrid?

Well, as you know, the dragons all get their magic power from the mages. Scordril is one of them. So he just uses his own power. But what you have to do with that magic power is take it into every cell of your dragon body and tell each cell what it has to become – that might be trousers, legs, hair or whatever. It’s a bit like a computer program that tells each pixel on your screen what colour it should be so that the whole web page looks right.

Sometimes, the dragons find it hard to look exactly like a real overgrounder – in book 2, Farlkris, Kris has to make himself look like a typical schoolboy every day! That means he has to notice what clothes they wear when out of uniform too, so he can copy.

When a dragon takes on another shape, we call it “morphing”. Morphing and mindspeech are the two things I would most like to have that the dragons have. It would make life so much fun!