A is for Anastasia

Ais for Anastasia

The first “A” that came to mind was antipathy. But then I evaluated Lady Broch’s true emotions and it was closer to hatred. So I decided to select as the “A” for the challenge, Anastasia, who started off the Dragshi Chronicles.

The hardest part of writing Dragon Destiny, Book 1 of the chronicles, was the aging of Anastasia. I first met her when I wrote a short story for a writing course. She was a teenager who had lost her mother. The inspiration was a younger girl whose mother was serving overseas. In Dragon Destiny, Anastasia is older than when I first met her and she ages from a young woman to a vibrant adult. The transition finalized in my mind when I received the cover for Dragon Destiny by Fantasia Frog Designs and saw her portrait. The real Anastasia’s great-grandmother looked at the pose and attitude and stated, “That’s Anastasia.”

More on the fictional Anastasia and Dragon Destiny. The awakening of his dragon soul twin, Llewlyn, brought Dragshi Lord Branin near-eternal life, but not happiness. As a dragshi, he can take on dragon form and know the freedom of flight, however, both are the last of their kind and have waited millennia for their mates. The firebrand raider, Lady Broch is more than willing to fulfill that position -- with or without Branin's willing cooperation.

When a faint thought impinged on Branin's mind, hope for an ending to eons of loneliness soared. Plagued by doubts because no signs of a dragon shifter's birth have been seen, he searches the world for the mysterious girl he only knows by the name, Anastasia.

All that stands between happiness and a lifetime alone is destiny—and Broch.

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#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary badge Tomorrow's post – “B is for Broch.”  If you're interested in following other blogs in the challenge, here's the master list of the other participants.

~till next time, Helen


  1. I like how you drew inspiration from real life to create an interesting protagonist.

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