I've mentioned before where the inspiration for Dragons are Real! came from but what about Richard the Dragon? His story took a little bit longer than just one day. Over 15 years ago I started performing at renaissance festivals, and at one particular festival, during rehearsals, I was given the character name Mad Maggie and told to create her out of thin air. I decided since she was supposed to be insane, why not have an imaginary friend? I thought for a long time what his/her name should be until I came up with the outlandish story that Mad Maggie was actually the illegitimate daughter of King Richard and therefore her dragon would be named after the father she never knew. But how would this dragon be represented? At the time I felt like I needed something people could see, I was puzzled at this until one day I was walking through the dog treat section of a grocery store and saw a giant rawhide bone, and then it hit me. I will drag him because he is a Dragon and the bone can do tricks to amuse the patrons in the lanes of the faire not to mention there were a million puns I could come up with. As things progressed that same faire season in 1998, I started to describe Richard my dragon "he's ten feet tall and green and yellow and purple and gold and puce." Suddenly people would ask me how my dragon was and I would say "dragon" they would laugh as they were walking away. After a while it got to the point that if Richard wasn't with me guests would ask me "Where's Dragon?" Over the years I have found it rather amusing that many people even say hello to Richard usually before they even say hi to me, Mad Maggie. It's amazing to me how my characters Mad Maggie and Richard the Dragon have become such a huge part of my life over 15 years, and it all stemmed from one season at faire a very long time ago.
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Good morning everyone happy Saturday!
A big thank you to all who have already liked my Facebook page! Mad Maggie's Adventures now has over 250 likes! I couldn't do this without your support and I am so appreciative to all of you. Currently I am working on new projects so please keep checking the schedule for upcoming faires events and book signings. Also don't forget to keep telling friends to like my page. I will be giving away two more copies of Dragons Are Real! once we reach 400! Always dream big and dare to believe!
I've had several people ask me about my inspiration to write Dragons are Real! For years I talked about writing a book with Mad Maggie and Richard as my characters but things in my life always got in the way. Then one day at work I was experiencing a lot of negativity. It was so bad that day, that while I was driving home on a very long stretch of almost deserted road, I rolled down my window and screamed. Then I yelled "I want to write my book now!"
The next morning I woke up at 5am and I couldn't stop writing until it was finished at noon the same day. I was inspired by many events in my life where the people around me such as peers, bosses, and even teachers sought to put me down and stomp on my dreams. (Much like the villagers telling Maggie that dragons aren't real.) I had experienced this so many times that I finally stood up for myself and decided to press on even while these others tried to convince me that I would never succeed.
I wrote this book with the intention of sharing my story in a whimsical fun way so children and adults can understand my message. No matter what anyone says you should always dream big and dare to believe in yourself, because in the end with hard work and determination anything is possible!
Thank you for your support and much love to you all!
Notes from the Author
Welcome everyone! I am so excited about my book series Mad Maggie's Adventures! I am very thankful for all of my friends and family that have helped me along the way. Please feel free to share my website with everyone you know. Dare to believe!