Interview with K.S. Krueger, Author of Traegonia the Ember Rune

Kim Krueger is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She is a writer, businesswoman, Reiki practitioner and spiritual person. She loves animals, nature and kids. Kim has lived in the Suburbs of Chicago all her life. She is creative and always tries to foster creativity in her own children as well as in others. Although her background has been in business, Kim has always loved to write. She has written poetry and several children’s stories originally for her eldest daughter. Kim enjoys the idea of seeing the world through the eyes of her imagination and finds herself submerged in the worlds she creates. Imagination has never been in short supply ever since she was a child.

You can visit Kim’s website at www.WorldOfTraegonia.com.

About Traegonia the Ember Rune

Welcome to The World of Traegonia where two young Traegons turn one boy’s ordinary world into something truly extraordinary. Where trees are homes, hawks are transportation, fairies exist and the creatures of the forests have their own stories to tell. Open yourself to possibility that just beyond the forest tree line a very different reality exists.

Traegonia the Ember Rune, the second book in the Traegonia series, continues the adventures of a young boy and a community of, mystical creatures of the forest known as, Traegons. These sixteen inch tall forest dwelling creatures, that resemble a cross between a troll and a wingless dragon, are wise and inquisitive. Although, they may appear scary at first they are actually quite kind and civilized. When Dino is faced with leaving, Karia and Juna, his two young Traegon friends behind when his parents decide to go on vacation, he decides to smuggle them on board a plane to California. His family vacation turns into an adventure of a lifetime when they meet two young girls and a bold and a bit wild young Traegon named Fletch. This Northern California Mountain holds danger, mystery and a path of learning for each of these new friends.  Faced with forces of nature, a rogue cougar and the evolution of their own journeys, the group of unlikely friends must believe in themselves and each other to uncover the meaning of the Ember Rune and get off the mountain safely. New friendships are made, old ones revealed and a new community of Traegons is introduced.  Join Dino, Karia and Juna on this second exciting adventure and decide for yourself…. Do they exist?

Do you Believe?

Q: Thank you for this interview, Kim. Can you tell us what your latest book, Traegonia the Ember Rune, is all about?

I would love to. Traegonia the Ember Rune, is the second book in the Traegonia series and continues the adventures of a young boy and a community of mystical creatures of the forest known as Traegons. These sixteen inch tall forest dwelling creatures that resemble a cross between a troll and a wingless dragon, are wise and inquisitive. Although, they may appear scary at first they are actually quite kind and civilized. When Dino is faced with leaving Karia and Juna, his two young Traegon friends, behind when his parents decide to go on vacation, he decides to smuggle them on board a plane to California. His family vacation turns into an adventure of a lifetime when they meet two young girls and a bold and a bit wild young Traegon named Fletch. This Northern California Mountain holds danger, mystery and a path of learning for each of these new friends. Faced with forces of nature, a rogue cougar and the evolution of their own journeys, the group of unlikely friends must believe in themselves and each other to uncover the meaning of the Ember Rune and get off the mountain safely. New friendships are made, old ones revealed and a new community of Traegons is introduced.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

There are three main characters in the Traegonia series. Dino, a young human boy who befriends two young Traegons, and of course the two young Traegons by the names of Karia and Juna. These three and their friendship is the basis of the series. They will always be at the center of the adventure and learning. The supporting characters are Dino’s mom and dad, his best friend Quinn, the community of Traegons who are where Karia and Juna are from, along with Jade and Autumn two young girls from California and a whole new community of Traegons. There are more characters like the team of smoke jumpers and a young couple who are smaller characters, but I believe that every character is really important to the whole of the book and the series.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

The characters are individual and unique, with their own incredible personalities. Most of the characters are not based off of any one person in particular, but a blend of bits of myself and others, some who I know intimately and others whose mannerisms may have inspired certain elements of different characters; possibly someone who may have simply walked into my booth at one of the shows where I sell my books or stood and talked with me at length about the sculptures, life or nature. There are a handful of characters that are truly based off of particular people and those are the people who have had Dino create sculptures that were made in their likeness or I like to say essence. It is of course not a perfect match; it is a Traegon who embodies a personality, passion, mannerism or maybe just a favorite color. I believe there are maybe four of them. There is also one human character in our first book, Traegonia the Sunbow Prophecy, which was named for someone who gave me permission to use a phrase that fit the story perfectly. He was from the Illinois Audubon Society and as we spoke, some of the things he mentioned oddly enough had already been worked into the story. Some of the characters have names that are based off of the names of mine and Dino’s children. Oh, and I suppose if you count the fact that the main human character is named Dino and the Sculptor and illustrator’s name is Dino, but you will have to figure out if they are one in the same. Because that just might make the book non-fiction. Hummm, is it real?

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

I have a general idea of the premise of what the book is going to be about as well as where it is going to go. But for the most part it in itself is as much a journey of discovery and a constant progression that changes and evolves. It is such an exciting way to write. It is also really fun that it is a series that is evolving as the first books have already been released, because you never know who or what may inspire a scene or a character.

Q: Your book is set in the mountains of Northern California. Can you tell us why you chose this area in particular?

I knew the second book would deal with the element of fire and California has beautiful dense forest, and wonderful plant and wildlife that make an awesome addition and perfect place where Traegons would live. There are also several forest fires every year that allowed me to work in the fire aspect to the story line.

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

Absolutely! For the Traegonia books the setting is an integral part of who the characters are, how they live, who the other creatures and humans they will meet will be and what will happen throughout each story. The first two books take place in rural settings, which is where most Traegons are found, but book three is going to be a little different and lots of fun, because we are going to have the opportunity to see Traegons in a very urban setting, one of the largest cities in the United States. Ever misplace or accidentally lose something on the train. Don’t be too hard on yourself. We just might be able to solve that mystery.

Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?

This is such a fun question, and what is even more fun is that this happens to be one of my favorite parts in the book. Oh and just for the record this is page 69 from the paperback. The pages are slightly different from paperback to hardcover. Anyway, here is what is happening.

In the baggage pick up area of the airport the animals are being brought out to the area where they will be picked up. Karia and Juna never made it back into Dino’s suitcase but hitched a ride in a large dog crate with a young hound dog with huge floppy ears named Fanblade. Juna reaches through the front of the crate and unlatches the door. They are waiting for the perfect time to slip out when Fanblade pushed them out of the crate as he escapes himself, into the crowd of people. This becomes the perfect distraction for Karia and Juna to find their way back to their friend Dino.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

I don’t know if this is the best but it is where Karia meets Kamara, for the first time. Kamara is a favorite character in sculpture form; she is a very nontraditional fairy godmother type character. You can see the sculpture of Kamara at our website at http://www.worldoftraegonia.com/meet-the-characters/

Juna pulled the wagon off to the side of the path, and Karia jumped out. She headed back in the direction they had come from. She walked slowly through the market, scanning each cart for the thing that had caught her eye. She stopped at a rickety old crooked wagon, obscured on either side by two large bushes. She looked carefully over the vast array of items on display. Everything lying on the L-shaped stand that jutted out at the back of the open wagon, looked to be very old and somewhat dull. Karia visually examined each piece, hoping that whatever it was that had caught her attention would show itself. She looked over the stand a second time and then wondered if it might have been at a different wagon. As she turned to look at the other wagons, a gravelly voice called her back.

“Is this what you seek, youngling?”

Karia turned slowly back around. Standing before her, shrouded in the shadows, was a Traegon whom she had never seen before, a she-Traegon who looked to be as old as the land itself. When the she-Traegon stepped forward, Karia could see that she was short and bent. She walked with a bit of a limp and had one milky white eye that startled Karia when the old she-Traegon turned her head. On the top of her knurly walking cane was perched a crooked blackbird. He was scrawny, and his feathers were separated, with many missing, as if he were in a constant state of molting. He was unkempt, and his color was dingy, unlike the sleek, shiny black feathers of Oracle Balstar’s raven, Sable. His chirp was more of a raspy squawk. Karia’s eyes followed down the she-Traegons crooked and outstretched arm to an even more crooked hand with long, wiry, bent fingers that held a shiny, circular object. It was flat but thick, a round silver amulet with crude markings and three curved grooves that came from the edges and met in the center. It was a simple piece, not anything stunning.

Karia knew at once it was what she had spotted, even though she had no idea what it was. Little did she know the power it held.

“Yes, that is it! That is what I was searching for,” Karia replied in a puzzled tone. “Was that sitting on this cart moments ago?”

“No, my dear. It has been in a box inside my wagon since I first came to possess it. This, youngling, is not for just any Traegon.”
The old she-Traegon coughed a bit. “I believe everything has one to which it belongs, and I believe this belongs to you.” Her crooked arm reached further out of the shadow of the shaded cart and placed the item into Karia’s hand.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Kim. We wish you much success!

Thank you, for the opportunity to share about our book series and sculpture collection. We invite you to drop by our website at www.worldoftraegonia.com and our Facebook at World of Traegonia to view our sculptures on our meet the characters page and our video clips on our sightings page. Maybe you too will believe!

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