J. C. Stevens is the author and illustrator of the Dragon Lad fantasy adventure series. She has been writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry since the age of five. Her first and favorite stories were about ghosts, witches and other spooky creatures.
A former newspaper reporter, editor and teacher, she lives in Southern California where she enjoys the outdoors, music and art as well as writing. After completing the Dragon Lad trilogy, she is working on projects in other genres but may return to the world of magical fantasy one day.
"Something tells me I'm not through with Dorg just yet," she says.
Why did she write this unusual series that features a hero who hatched from an egg? Stevens was inspired by her mother's love of dragons, and her sister, who used to kid her when she was little, "You weren't born, you were hatched."
And she had a message to deliver.
"Dorg's story is a story in which changing is the key to survival. It’s also about accepting those who are different, including one’s own self, and at the same time making a personal effort to evolve into something better.
"My books also teach respect for nature. They are set in Roman times, but could easily take place now, in almost any place in the world where humans and wildlife are in conflict. While I was writing the first book in the series, the rapid disappearance of wild creatures due to what scientists are calling the Sixth Extinction weighed heavily on my mind. Species are disappearing each day.
"Some form of transformation must take place in order for all creatures to continue to live on our increasingly crowded planet. Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand to turn us all from fire-breathing beasts to higher creatures. We must do that ourselves, and I encourage all my readers, young and old, to try."
Contact J. C. Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.