Today I’d like to share an interview I did with one of the characters from the Dragon’s Courage series, a middle grade series by Kandi J. Wyatt.
SS: Welcome Ben’hyamene! Can you tell us something about your family to get us started?
Ben: My family. There is a hard topic. My ahbah, or father, is very strict. He thinks power rules all. The one with the most dragons has the most power; so, he tried to gather as many dragons as he could. I have many brothers and a little sister. Some of my brothers followed Ahbah’s path. They are selfish and not caring. I am not one to talk, though. I was that way until I met the turquoise dragon. My little sister and my two older brothers are different. They see each person as having worth and meaning just because they are humans. My family has changed since my leader, Ah’doneye Braidyn, came. He married my sister and took charge over the Agamid of the El’shad’n (my tribe). He is leading with justice combined with mercy.
SS: Your life sounds like an interesting story… and as you know, as an author, I love stories. What do you think makes a good story?
Ben: My family loves to tell stories around the campfire. The best ones are those that take the listener with the teller on the journey. When my friend Kyn and I returned from the Carr, my Ah’doneye, or leader, and my sister Sarai were able to feel everything we went through. They could empathize with us. Our tale was a good one because it was an adventure, but even more so because Aislin became a better person over the course of the story. When the listener can relate to a character and when the characters are great friends together, this also makes a wonderful story.
SS: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ben: I have always wanted to be an Agamid, or what you call a dragon rider. I was trained to be one by my Ahbah, but when I met the turquoise dragon, I knew my chances of becoming one had disappeared.
SS: I’m sorry to hear that. Do you ever dream about traveling?
Ben: Right now I am content to stay at home in the sandhills, but one day, I would like to visit my friend Kyn in his canyon home. I would also enjoy returning to the Carr and seeing the friends I made there. It would be fun to see how Calum is getting along with Shylah.
SS: Personal question: What was the scariest moment of your life?
Ben: I thought I was going to die. I was a cocky young man. I thought I could get away with anything I wanted and I only had to look out for myself. I tried to steal a hatchling and kidnapped my sister. I am ashamed to say it, but it is so. A turquoise dragon rider came in search of the hatchling and my sister. In the process, I fought the rider and lost. As he turned to mount his dragon, I threw a dagger at him. He happened to duck at that moment, but his dragon blew dragon fire all over me! The pain was agonizing, but the worse part was living with myself afterward. The creature spared my life and gave me his conscience.
SS: Wow, that does sound scary, but it sounds like you are a better person for it. What are you passionate about these days?
Ben: I am passionate about peace and the consequences of rash judgments and revenge. You see, I saw what living a life of revenge did to my friend. He lived in pain from an unforgiving spirit. He sought revenge for the majority of his life and yet it never brought peace. I want people to know that peace is possible and you do not have to live with revenge.
SS: That’s a great message, Ben’hyamene. Best wishes as you spread the word of peace and reconciliation. It’s been a pleasure speaking with you.
Ben: Thank you. I have enjoyed it.
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