Fantasy Creatures Big and Small

First, some housekeeping: Several authors are doing a blog-swap from July 28 to August 10 as a fun exploration of shape shifters and fantasy novels in general for the launch of my novel Gargoyle, which is book four in my Doublesight series. It’s also a standalone in case you haven’t read the other books.

Along with the blog-swap is a Rafflecopter giveaway! Or you can join us on Facebook.

Here’s the blog-swap schedule:

July 28 (Tues.): (Me on Kandi J. Wyatt’s site)

July 29 (Wed.):!blog/c23fy (Kandi J. Wyatt on my site)

July 30 (Thurs.): (Me on Jonathan Gould’s site)

August 1 (Sat.):!blog/c23fy (Jonathan Gould on my site)

August 2 (Sun.): (Me on Michael G. Munz’s site)

August 3 (Mon.):!blog/c23fy (Michael G. Munz on my site)

August 4 (Tue.): on Elise Stephens’ site)

August 5 (Wed.):!blog/c23fy (Elise Stephens on my site)

August 6 (Thur.): on David Covenant’s site)

August 7 (Fri.):!blog/c23fy (David Covenant on my site)

August 9 (Sun.): on E.S. Tilton’s site)

August 10 (Mon.):!blog/c23fy (E.S. Tilton on my site)


Here’s Kandi J. Wyatt’s wonderful post about fantasy creatures. Be sure to click on the links to see some great artwork. And, thank you for joining us. -Terry

Fantasy Creatures Big and Small

by Kandi J. Wyatt

One of my favorite aspects to fantasy stories and writing is the characters that come with the stories. These creatures range from unicorns to Pegasus, from trolls to hobgoblins, and from dwarves to elves. How the characters interact make the plot line live. When I am teaching a unit on fantasy writing in my high school Spanish classroom, I spend one whole day on characters. Before we even get to that day, the students have been given multiple opportunities to create characters on our Fantasy Friday lesson days.

Growing up, I loved fantasy characters. Lisa Frank stickers of fairies, unicorns and Pegasus dominated my sticker book. I loved the grace that the horse body added to the creatures. As I aged, I still loved these beings. My favorite unicorn is Jewel in CS Lewis's book The Last Battle. Jewel is the last king of Narnia's best friend and battle partner. The two belonged together. I love how SD Nielsen and Veronica Casas draw fairies. They are the best! SD Nielsen has such wonderful colors and beautiful wings when she draws. Veronica has a wide range of types of fairies, such as a Mayan fairy and a mosaic fairy.

Books have broadened my horizons and added new characters to my list of favorites. Gwin in Inkheart is a marten, a ferret with horns. He is adorable and gets into all kinds of mischief just like ferrets do. Twigleg in The Dragon Rider, also by Cornelia Funke, is a hermunculus. I had never heard of the creature before listening to the book, but I fell in love with the way he interacts with Sorrel. The two of them argue and bicker but it soon becomes apparent that they are like brothers and sisters who argue but deep down really love each other.

If my favorite creatures were unicorns growing up and I met others as I read, why did I write a world with dragons? Dragons have been a favorite since my husband and I met. He was into fantasy realms where dragons reigned supreme. I read many books with dragons in them because he introduced me to them. My son loved dragon art. DeviantArt has amazing dragon artists. My favorite though is Sandara. She draws magnificent, noble creatures who love their riders and yet can be fierce at the same time. It was probably one of her pieces that subconsciously began my book Dragon's Future. I drove past Three Mile Canyon and envisioned a dragon spraying fire down a canyon. The story developed from there.

Once the story was written and accepted by my publisher, Booktrope, I needed cover art. I looked for someone who could draw dragons. I was extremely pleased with Amalia Chitulescu's work.

The Dragon's Future

Every child of Woolpren dreams of becoming one, but only a few are chosen. Now, ten-year-old twin brother and sister, Ruskya and Duskya, have been selected to join an elite group of riders: dragon riders. Full of awe and excitement, the twins leave their mother, and their home, to train for their new lives.

Fifteen years later, dragons are becoming extinct and riders are rare. One day, Ruskya is at the general store in town when a man announces that he is recruiting new dragon riders. Ruskya goes undercover, and discovers that there is another colony of riders with their own agenda—a quest to find a mysterious plant that could restore the dragon population, or destroy it. When a battle erupts between the two colonies, it’s up to Ruskya and his friends to fight for their dragons’ future, and their lives.

Follow Ruskya’s quest as he finds courage and friendship in this exciting middle grade fantasy series by new author Kandi J Wyatt.

As time goes on, I continue to enjoy the fantasy realm. Often I wish that these creatures could interact with my everyday life. Then again, some of them are better left on the pages of the books they inhabit. I can go and visit them anytime I want. Want to see amazing creatures? Just pick up a fantasy book and dive into the world!

Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit

She is found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kandijwyatt, and Pinterest.

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