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{The Indie Spotlight} Review & Guest Post: The Dragon’s Call by K.W. McCabe

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Today, please welcome Featured Author, K.W. McCabe to The Indie Spotlight here at Mother/Gamer/Writer. K.W. is a lover of fairy tales, Sci-fi, and fantasy and has been writing stories and poems of that nature since she could first spell. Her novel, The Dragon’s Call is a YA Dystopian Fantasy about dragon’s who live among us disguised as humans. Check out Jennifer’s review of the novel along with a fascinating guest post about how K.W. came to write about dragons!







The Dragon's Call

Title: The Dragon’s Call
BN ID: 2940015522464
Publisher: FantaFire Press
Publication date: 9/29/2012
Review Source: Author For Honest Review
Find It: Goodreads/ Amazon/ Kobo

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In a thoughtless final act of destruction, humans wake the one creature of legend they have no protection against. Years after the complete subjugation of the human race, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, and Cecily, create a tentative friendship. But something or someone is stalking the human enclave. Cecily and Derek must find out who and why before she’s next.








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The Dragon’s Call by K.W. McCabe takes place in a future ruled by dragons. Several years before the story takes place, dragons woke from a long hibernation only to find that humans were killing the planet. Deciding that humans were unfit to lead, the dragons began a war that humankind could not win. Using their human forms, dragons began manipulating humans to do as they wished. In the end, the dragons seized power and began living separate, lavish lifestyles, while most humans went back to their own lives as best they could.


This story opens introducing Cecily. An average human teenager, Cecily spends her time with her twin brother Daniel and her best friend Tara. Cecily’s life turns upside down when two dragons enroll at her school.

Derek, a young dragon, becomes bored living his lavish lifestyle and decides to enroll in a human high school. Bringing along his friend Tariq, he attempts to integrate himself into human society. Shortly after arriving, he finds himself drawn to Cecily for reasons he can’t explain.


As the two grow closer, secrets are kept and past experiences are revealed. Cecily and Derek began to fight not only for their relationship but their lives. Overall, The Dragon’s Call is a marvelous tale with a unique spin on supernatural creatures who, in my opinion, don’t get enough page time in books. I enjoyed the story and look forward to hopefully catching up with these characters in the future.




My Rating

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On Dragons


When I first thought of writing a YA book centered around dragons, a billion possibilities on storylines hijacked my imagination. I couldn’t think of which story to write, at first, so I took a few steps to help me decide:


  1. One of the first things I did wasn’t to start working out a plot – it was to buy books full of dragon images. I’m a visual learner. When I read and write, scenes play out in my mind like a movie, and if I can’t see it in my head, I can’t write it. So I bought at least three books filled with beautiful dragon depictions and a couple books on mythical creatures. One of those books was The Book of The Dragon by Ciruelo. The other thing I did was go through tons of images of dragons on Google. The images melded into the dragons I would think of while finally plotting the storyline for The Dragon’s Call.
  2. That wasn’t the end – I still had to come up with names. One thing that is consistent in dragon mythology is the idea that they are creatures who are ancient and immortal. So I had to ask myself – if dragons were ancient and interacted with humans of ancient history – what human languages would they be familiar with? What languages might they speak in or use to name themselves? This led to a process of looking up ancient cultures, and the human civilization I chose was Babylonian in origin. Nearly all of the names of the draakon and dragon characters in The Dragon’s Call are Babylonian in origin. Nearly all of their names have a meaning.
  3. The next step to writing dragons was to figure out how they would think or behave. The dragons in The Dragon’s Call are intelligent beings and are a race much older than humankind. So what would they think of humans? The answer to this question ended up forming the entire world in which The Dragon’s Call takes place.
  4. Then, I began to plot. I could have started the story in ancient history – but because I wanted the book to be YA, I chose to write it in a contemporary, alternate reality setting.
  5. Finally, writing the story from the perspective of dragonkind was totally weird and fun since I constantly had to think how a dragon would think and react to things in a different way than a human would.


I think, though, that the best part of writing The Dragon’s Call, for me, was the underlying story of love and pain, and how the dragons and humans were far more similar in those ways than they were different.


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About the Author:

K.W. McCabe is a Californian transplant to Minnesota. She lives there with her family where she tries very hard to stay warm in all the snow. She has loved fairy tales, Sci-fi, and fantasy all her life, and has been writing stories and poems of that nature since she could first spell. She has worked, in the past, as a library assistant, a baby sitter, a counseling hotline intern, and as a case manager. She maintains that art and writing can only be done when inspired, and inspiration comes from a sufficient amount of laziness. Currently, she is working on Dragon Kin.

For more information on her upcoming works contact her at:

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