Author Interview – Bard Bloom

My Writer's Journey

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Bard Bloom is a software engineer by day, a parent by night, and a fantasy/sf writer on the train between the two.

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Nine naïve young dragons venture to an unfamiliar high-tech universe for a relaxing decade of figuring out who marries who, but are distracted and devastated by undead gods, giant ray guns, mind-controlling parasites, friendship and conquest of the natives, and their own nature.

What inspired you to write your story/characters/theme?

One fun inspiration was to reverse the fantasy trope of underdogs on the side of good achieving great power and victory against huge odds.  My dragons are extraordinarily powerful and never lose a fight against non-dragons — and they’re not always the good guys.  So I gave them a heaping plate of problems which couldn’t be challenged to a battle, like communicable diseases and civil disobedience.  And the dragons don’t always…

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