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There’s a dictionary at the end of Red Dragon’s Keep for a reason.

On Christmas Day, 2009, Debbie and Scott, my daughter and son-in-law, gave me a trip to Ireland, the land of my ancestors. I remember I was so shocked and thrilled I cried.

We flew into Dublin on an early June morning and rented a car – a story in itself. It was cool and cloudy with intermittent drizzle. Who cared? We were in Ireland!

The three of us checked into our hotel, built in the 1800’s, next to the Liffey (the river that flows through Dublin). Jet lag threatened all of us. To combat it and get on Ireland time, we took a tour of Dublin.

The city has buses that tour the city on a regular schedule. Each bus has a tour guide telling the history of Dublin. You can get on and off at whatever stop you want. We toured Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, written in about 800 AD. It still gives me shivers. Along the way, we visited a bookstore (of course). I bought an Irish/English Dictionary.

Fast forward five years. I started writing Red Dragon’s Keep. I needed names for characters. On my desk was the Irish/English dictionary. The answers were in that little green book. The best €3.99 euros I ever spent. That little book sits on the table where I write as a very handy reference when I’m searching for a word or name.

When I think of Ard Ri, I think of Ireland. We drove along the south Dragonhold Underhill - Irelandcoast and visited Dragonhold Underhill – the home of Anne McCaffrey, author of the Dragon Riders of Pern series, Ardmore – the setting for several Nora Roberts books – where we spent the night and visited the pub, Waterford (yes, I bought glass) and Limerick. We spent a week in our own ‘cottage’ at Doolin, County Clare. We sailed to the islands off the coast, listened to traditional music and heard the song in the language. Castles abound.

Aeden’s name means Fire in Gaelic. Arach means Dragon. I used that little book for other words as well.

Now you know. Inspiration comes from everywhere.

Write On!

Natli VanDerWerken



About Natli VanDerWerken

Natli VanDerWerken loves Dragons. She has 30 that she collected while serving in the Navy as a meteorologist and anti-submarine warfare specialist. She is the multiple award-winning international author of the fantasy series - The Dragon’s Children. The series grew out of a fairytale Natli told her grandchildren one Christmas Eve. The main character in each novel is based on one of those grandchildren. Natli is a native of Colorado. She has a Masters in Computer Information Systems, develops websites, likes to show Shetland Sheepdogs, and quilt in her mostly non-existent spare time.
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