Friday, December 27, 2013

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Allegiance: Dragonics & Runics Part II – A. Wrighton @a_wrighton

I’ve always been one to keep a few secrets up my sleeves, but I’d love to share a few of them with you! Here are a few well-kept secrets about Allegiance: Dragonics & Runics Part II:

  1. Many of Callon McKafrey’s mannerisms and quirks were inspired by actor Nathan Fillion of Firefly and Castle fame.
  2. Almost every character name has a hidden meaning that is usually in Old English, Old French, Norse, or Latin vernacular. For example, Vylain is taken from Old French’s villain – not the bad guy type, but where the meaning of the word meant “base or low-born rustic.”
  3. To keep the Dragon names and abilities straight, A. Wrighton keeps a logbook of them that is always present when she is writing.
  4. Bleskis are based on the Danish spherical pancake called an æbleskiver, which A. Wrighton was first introduced to in Solvang, California on a fourth grade field trip. To this day, they’re one of her favorite treats and she is a proud owner of an æbleskiver pan and recipe book.
  5. To get into the mentality of Mouse on her return home, A. Wrighton had Imagine Dragon’s song “Radioactive” playing on a loop while she was writing.
  6. Callon McKafrey’s last name is a tribute to one of the greatest Dragon-based literature writer – Anne McCaffrey.
  7. A. Wrighton has a love-hate affair with writing Kalyna’s character as sometimes her character traits annoy A.W. immensely.
  8. If A. Wrighton were able to cast actors to portray the movie version of Allegiance, she would insist upon Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as Lord and Lady Tryn.
  9. Neeva Grayn’s appearance is based on an old childhood friend of A.W.’s who was one of the first people to introduce her to fantasy books.
  10. Pettzia, the Soleran board game, is a hodgepodge of Stern-Halma (Chinese Checkers) and Chess. But, don’t let A.W. hear you mention regular checkers in part of the mix – she can’t stand that board game!


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Genre - Fantasy

Rating – PG-13

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