Miro the Dragon is geared towards children aged 3 to 10, although the stories are also enjoyed by older children and many adults all over the world. If your children like dragons, they will love Miro!
Govin had no clue how much his life would change when he signed up for the City Guard in Davon. A fateful meeting throws him into an adventure he would never have imagined, not even in his wildest dreams, and he is left to fix the mess once known as his life. And if that weren’t enough, there is still a cunning thief to catch….
"Bardon put the quill down and scrutinised his work. The sketch showed a young girl with untidy hair, smart eyes and a cute little nose.
‘A pretty girl,’ he remarked. ‘Too bad she's a thief. She might've grown up to become a beauty, but I doubt she'll live long enough. The streets are rough, and the prison's even rougher.’
Govin felt a pang of guilt."
Meet Govin and Tayla as their friendship begins. Their first meeting doesn't bode well, but when faced with the choice to save themselves or do the right thing, they decide to stand up for each other. Soon, though, things get out of hand and they need help from others. Will they trust the right persons?
An award-winning fantasy/mystery mix!
Hi, my name is Saoirse, and I have a problem. (cue: Hi, Saoirse!) I’m a writer. I write children’s and YA fantasy (under my pen names Saoirse O’Mara and Theresa Berg), or more correctly, my muse dictates what I have to write down (if I feed her enough coffee and chocolate, that is).
I live in Germany, near our capital Berlin, with my husband and our two cats, where I also work as a freelance language teacher at our local community college, and as a freelance editor and translator (specialised mostly in fantasy, children’s and YA literature).
How long have you been writing?
I think I started writing as soon as I was able to reproduce these weird shapes called letters. Even before that, I would make up stories.
What’s your story about?
Which one? Okay, kidding aside, I’m currently writing and publishing two series: Miro the Dragon (originally written in German, author name Theresa Berg), and A Rogue’s Tale (in English, author name Saoirse O’Mara). Both series have strong fantasy elements, and a common theme in both series is friendship. Miro is geared towards kindergarten and elementary school children while A Rogue’s Tale is for a slightly older audience (middle grade to YA). While Miro the Dragon is all about finding new friends and overcoming one’s fears with their help, A Rogue’s Tale is about doing the right thing, and about friendship between different people (like, from different social statuses).
What genre would you consider your book?
Miro the Dragon is clearly children’s fantasy. A Rogue’s Tale is a bit more tricky since it’s set in a fantasy world, but the plot itself is mystery (one of my influences is the British master of crime, Agatha Christie).
Give me some insight into your main character.
Miro is a tiny dragon with a lot of insecurities. He’s afraid of so many things that he has trouble participating in dragon school. When the book starts out, he’s unable to fly or breathe fire, he can’t hunt, and he can’t swim either. It takes a new friend and her determination to help him overcome his fears and start trying new things.
Govin and Tayla, the main characters featured in A Rogue’s Tale, are good people at heart. While they come from totally different lives, with Govin starting his apprenticeship with the City Guard and Tayla being a pickpocket who lives in the streets, they actually have a lot in common. They both believe in doing the right thing even if it gets themselves into trouble, and they’re not afraid to stand up for the less fortunate. Tayla especially is a strong-willed and sometimes stubborn character, maybe not always the smartest for jumping headlong into a situation without thinking it through first. Govin is the calmer of the two, and he definitely possesses a strong sense of duty, which can be overruled by common sense and a good heart.
What makes your book different from others in its genre?
I honestly don’t know many books that mix fantasy and mystery in the way I do, so it’s hard to tell. My books are short-ish, though, without pages full of descriptions, focusing on the characters and the plot instead. I use descriptions sparingly to highlight things, or to create a special atmosphere every now and then, but otherwise only give few descriptive lines and trust that my readers will be able to draw on their fantasy and their own version of fantasy surroundings (think medieval kind of world). That is one of the strengths of books, after all: To feed the readers’ imagination without showing them every little detail (like films do).
How did you come up with the title?
Miro the Dragon is kind of self-explanatory, I think. A Rogue’s Tale came to me and I think I actually do see Tayla as the more important character of the two, so the series title kind of mirrors this. It’s mainly her story (not always from her perspective, though, since I do have two main characters).
What are your writing ambitions?
My ambitions? To be able to live off my writing income at some point. Until then, my main goal is to make people smile and enjoy my stories.
Do you outline and plot your book as you’re writing or does it go where it goes?
I may take a few notes before or during the writing process, but mostly, the story takes me along a journey. I still have no clue how I actually manage to write mystery stories that work out in the end without knowing where I’m going most of the time, but it works. I guess my muse must really like me….
What is your favorite book?
That’s too narrow! I have so many authors I love to read, and they all have more than one book out. So here are a few of my favourite authors instead: Agatha Christie, Trudi Canavan, Licia Troisi, J. K. Rowling, Gear & Gear, Anne Perry, Julia Beylouny, Tanja Höfliger, …
Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
Yes, there are actually three: Julia Beylouny (German urban fantasy/romance without werewolves or vampires), Tanja Höfliger (German and English urban fantasy), and a third author whose name I can’t remember but whose series “Scribes of Medeisia” I’ve read and loved recently. I’m still waiting for the fourth and last part *hint, hint*.
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently?
I’m self-published and proud of it. Although it would be nice to have all the marketing dollars available that some of the big name authors get from big publishers, I wouldn’t want to give up creative control and rights at any point. I work together with an amazing illustrator, I have a few trusted beta readers and proofreaders, I’m currently working together with a translator to have Miro translated into Chinese (Mandarin)…
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep on writing
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?
I’m a geek. I love roleplaying (pen & paper) and currently play two systems (Pathfinder and The Dark Eye) and a total of six different campaigns/parties. I’m GMing one of the Pathfinder campaigns, and switch the GM burden with three other players/GMs in one of the The Dark Eye groups. If I still find free time, I read. Oh, and I sing in a choir—as a tenor.
If you knew you could get away with anything without consequence, what would you do?
Hijack a big live sports event by running over the field with my books in hand to get on the TV screens in millions of households.
What's your secret guilty pleasure movie you don't want to admit you love?
If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, would it? ;)
What is your most prized material possession?
Oh, there are probably several (and I’ll likely forget half of them), but let’s see…my guitar, my extensive library of language learning and non-fiction books and materials, my collection of signed books (most of which are books I helped with in one way or another), my wedding ring, of course, my necklace pendant (which was given to me by my parents)…
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?
Where can we find you?
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MiroDrakonia and http://facebook.com/ARoguesTale