Hi again! I’m Scarlett, and this month’s Indie Spotlight features Caleb Wright, author of The Odyssey of the Dragolitha series. Breaking Point, the third book in the series, will be released March 1st!
When did you first start writing?
October 8th, 2018. I started with practice writing, to see if I could even make a logical structure with the words that came to my head. After a few pages of what I thought to be a simple story. Funnily enough, that’s when I fell in love with it. I went back to my first paragraph and thought, is this my best opening. A really amazing hook? After rewriting the opening a few times I sent that paragraph to about forty people and I had a beginning and a plot idea.
What inspired the story in The Odyssey of the Dragolitha?
A large fashion of influences interjected their way into this series, the largest I would say would be: The Legend of the Dragoon, a PlayStation 1 game. The movies Harry Potter, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson. Lastly the tv shows, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Zoids. These all gave me the imagination to stretch what was possible in my book series.
How much do you think your time in the service influenced your writing?
According to a few friends, my writing shows direct time, one point action sequences, and other elaborate scenes that made them feel as the military was a influencer on them. Me personally… time in the service changed my whole life around, so I would gander a large portion is derived from it.
What inspired the character of Xirow?
Bullies. School was hard, as I am sure it was for a large number of children. The idea bullies want the attention, they want to feel powerful, they want to show dominance… but in my story, Xirow is only a pawn to Ramathule, the real power driven character.
How does Xirow’s past affect his actions?
That is actually going to be a separate book of its own. In book four, I take a few chapters to dive into what turned Xirow into the evil mage he is in this series.
What do you think makes a good story?
Any good story? Hmm, the ability to get lost in the idea. If you are trying to predict everything, or you don’t finish the story, then what you are writing isn’t capturing the reader’s attention. The cover is always the first eye catch, as it pulls them to pick it up… maybe. Then your ability to summarize the story in a way to pull them further on the back of the book is next unless they skip that. Let’s say they do, then that first paragraph has to have you hooked because if it doesn’t the person has to be nice to keep waiting to get hooked. After the reader is head first into it, then you have to consistently drag them along the journey as if they entered the story themselves.
What do you hope your audience takes away from this series?
Break the standards, across all fields, all tropes, all industries, all friendship, and all social cues. I’m hoping that this book can transcend the thoughts of people all ages and show them that with friendship, sacrifice, love, empathy, patience, and determination we can change everything for the better.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
You’ll find that I tend to go off the beaten path. Not because I want to make it harder on myself, but because everyone can do the same thing over and over again. We don’t evolve by repeating things. We don’t create unique ideas by following suit to others. Instead, we make our own way. Now with that said, your content shouldn’t be offensive, it shouldn’t be targeting, and it shouldn’t be hateful. That’s the last anyone in this world needs. Your story, your art, your creations should depict what you want the future to be. I will love your story, with formatting issues, and grammar issues, and structure issues, as long as you are really attempting to challenge my mind on what is possible with imagination. Besides, there are thousands of people willing to help you with editing and formatting to present it to the world. Please, focus on your story, leave all of the presentations to the end of it all. I started with a few paragraphs in October, now I’m dedicated to write an entire universe of connected stories instead.
Interested in finding out more about The Odyssey of Dragolitha series? The first two books are available on Amazon now! This interview has been a special segment as part of the blog tour for the third book in the series, Breaking Point.