Monday, January 4, 2016

Interview with Fantasy Author Iain Reading

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations. Iain writes middle grade and young adult books. His published works include the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to

Welcome to my blog, Iain. Here is a synopsis of your fantasy: The Dragon Of The Month Club.

This fantasy tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club: The Dragon of the Month Club.

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed, and Ayana and Tyler attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons - not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.

One day when a conjuring spell goes wrong, Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler's messy bedroom. Travelling from one “book-inspired world” to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal, they must try to somehow find their way home again. From 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes's London, the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.

I understand this is book one. Where did you get your inspiration for this series?

Just outside of San Francisco there is a small town at the end of a dusty road. Just up the street from a haunted hotel there is a wishing tree. And that wishing tree is where this story began. But of course, when you're talking about dragons and books already, what other inspiration do you need? This idea just seemed to come out of nowhere.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

For this book I had to do some of the best research I've ever done: reading. I had to read many stories and books as part of getting ready to write this book. Can you imagine anything better than that? Unlike those pesky Kitty Hawk books I write, I didn't have to go out and travel around the world for research. All I had to do is sit at home in my favourite comfy chair and read.

Please tell us about one of the main characters in this story and what you like about him or her.

The two main characters in this book are Ayana and Tyler. Of the two of them I think I relate to Ayana the most. She is brave and confident, but she's also wounded and sometimes she doubts herself and is frightened. She is human, in other words, just like the rest of us. She has dreams but even I (the author) am not sure yet what those might be. So I am looking forward to writing the rest of the series to find out what becomes of her.

Where can my readers find you online?

Thank you, Iain, for this wonderful interview. I hope my readers will check this series out.


Brenda Rumsey said...

This sounds like a fantastic, magical book that all ages could enjoy. Being part of your favorite books is something many of us have thought about, and to have the help of dragons along the way sounds like fun. Congrats on your first book of the series. This is definitely something I would like to read.

clenna said...

I love the idea of a Wishing Tree. Fun , exciting and magical! I'd love to share this book with my grandson.
Clenna at aol dot com

Mutti said...

Here is where I have to admit I have read lots of dragon books and love them. So do a lot of my young friends. I'll have to hope to win a paperback copy as I want to be able to cuddle up with a real live book to read this fantasy!

Mary Preston said...

This does sound like fun. I have always been fascinated by dragons.


JoAnn Arnold said...

Reading about this book gave me a real incentive to read the book itself. I love dragons and magic. A wishing tree would only add to the excitement of the read.

Iain Reading said...

Thank you so much Linda! And thank you so much to everyone for their comments. The Wishing Tree is indeed a wondrous thing. I think this entire series was born by magic. And what is more magical than a wish?

Linda Moffitt said...

Looks like a great Book Thanks for the chance to win

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Brenda Rumsey. You are the winner of this awesome book. The author will be getting in touch with you soon.

Book Publicity Services said...

Congrats Brenda! A copy of the dragon of the month club has been mailed to you. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Book Publicity Services said...

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! If any of you would be interested in reading the dragon of the month club, email us at We would be happy to send you a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.