J.F. Jenkins is here today with her main character, Darien, courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, The Dragon's Saga: Legend of the Oceina Dragon. Thank you for being here, J.F., and Darien! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
Hi Darien! Thank you for being here today to answer my questions.
How is married life treating you? Is it all that you were hoping it would be?
It's nothing like I was expecting. I didn't think I'd have a normal relationship necessarily, but I at least thought that she'd like me a lot more than she does. I'm learning fast that romance is a lot more complicated than any of the stories I've ever heard.
You have a lot of responsibility thrust on you. If you could switch places with one person, who would it be? Why?
Sometimes I'd rather be one of the every day, regular, human guys in my nation. Because I'm stuck in a weird spot. I'm old and young at the same time. I'd really like to be able to focus on the young part right now, and focus my attention on school and Tai - simpler things.
If you could have surprised Tai with a "conventional date" what would you have done? Where would you have gone?
If I could have courted her properly, I would have done so many things. For our first date I would have taken her to a fun restaurant like a diner up at the harbor. After we eat, I'd show her around. It's not anything fancy, but the focus would be for us to get to know one another without all of the pressure. Something I wish we could have had from the very beginning.
What do you like best about being a dragon?
It's a tie between being able to fly and being able to breathe under the water. The air and the ocean are my two favorite places to go and 'get away from it all' so to speak.
If you could say one thing, or have one conversation with your Mom, what would it be about? What would you say?
This is probably going to sound silly, but I'd love to have her do all of those silly cliche Mom things that everyone complains about. I know, I'm an adult, but they are things I never got to experience before. Cuddling, watching her make breakfast, all of that stuff. I don't know if I'd have words to say to her beyond "I love you", and I think more than a conversation I'd just like to see how she lived and loved. I guess if I was limited to simply conversation though, and just one, I'd want to know everything about how she loves. Not necessarily her love for Dad, but love in general because from what I know of her she knew how to do it well. I want to emulate that.
If you had the chance to turn back time and alter one thing in your past, what would it be, and why?
I'd have trusted my gut instincts and waited to be with Tai fully. I love her, and we were caught up in a moment and some strong emotions. It was a powerful experience, but I know she takes it hard even though it was something she wanted just as much. Our reasons were different though. I see that now. I wouldn't be as naive so we could both have exactly what we wanted.
What are your hopes for the future?
For things to calm down and go back to normal. I know that's wishful thinking. I don't think anything will ever be normal again, but I can hope all the same. I'll be content with finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict threatening my people. Nobody needs to be hurt and I'm sure there's a way for all of us to have what we want.
Thank you again for being here today, Darien and J.F! I hope things do calm down for you Darien!
Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he's loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn't even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she's going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.
When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.