April is Celebrate Diversity Month and Entangled is celebrating by featuring diverse romance books with author chats, book spotlights and book discounts. One of the diverse titles in Entangled’s lineup is Sarah Nicolas’s Dragons are People, Too and I’m excited to welcome Sarah on the blog today.
Read on to find out more about Dragons are People, Too and check out an author Q&A. Also, Entangled is running a promo this week and Dragons are People, Too is just $0.99!
About Dragons are People, Too:
Never judge a dragon by her human cover…
Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.
Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.
Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.
Author Q&A with Sarah Nicolas
Describe your book in a sentence or two.
Dragons are People, Too is about Kitty, a sixteen-year-old Chinese dragon shapeshifter who works for the US’s Draconic Intelligence Command – or, as she likes to call it, DIC. In a single day, everything goes to hell.
What inspired you to write Dragons are People, Too?
That’s literally where it started. Then, I went into a dragon-research spiral.
What kind of research did you do to make sure your characters were authentic, and to create this fantasy world?
All kinds. First, I did research on different dragon myths from all over the world. Nearly every culture has their own dragon myth. I read dozens of books before choosing three to focus on and went from there. I twisted things only after knowing as much as I could find about those myths. Know the rules before you break them, as they say.
How does the diversity in the book relate to your life?
First, I must say, I am neither Chinese nor Ugandan. While the book isn’t about the MCs’ otherness as Chinese and Ugandan, it *is* a huge allegory about prejudice and fear of the unknown in the same way that the first three X-Men movies were, and that is something I know a little bit about. (See Why Are You Here? Guest Post by Sarah Nicolas)
What are some of your favorite fantasy books about diverse characters?
Thanks for sharing the background info on your book and your awesome book recs, Sarah!
About the Author:
Sarah is a 31-year-old YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.
She’s a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library. She also blogs at YAtopia.