Today, I have the privilege to interview, of all things, a dinosaur. No, it’s definitely not Barney. This one’s named Darius, and he’s the only dinosaur who survived the great asteroid. Readers, if you leave a comment, you have a chance to win a copy of Suzanne de Montigny’s e-book The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy.
Darius, what was life like before the asteroid struck the earth?
It was beautiful, Katie. There were thousands of us living in this beautiful valley full of rich foliage and a tall waterfall that spilled into the bluest lake you ever saw below. I was happy there with my mother Maresa. Then, one day, we had visitors from another valley. They were the strangest creatures I ever did see. They had thin legs, were pure white, and had a spiral horn.
Do you mean unicorns or white rhinos?
Unicorns, of course. And they came to see me. Saul, our leader, had summoned them because I was having strange spells.
What kind of spells?
It’s hard to explain, really. Something would overtake me and I’d be off in another world – a future world, and I didn’t like what I saw.
What did you see?
Everything had changed. The plants had changed, a lot of animals had died, and there was a new two-legged creature that was more dangerous than the Rexus. Then, one day, not too long after, a huge fireball struck our world, blotting out the sun and creating terrible storms. Most of the plants died and so did my dinosaur friends. I was the only one who survived.
How terrible for you. What did you do?
That’s when the unicorns found me just as my mother Maresa was dying. They took me back with them and raised me up…until the humans came.
What happened when the humans arrived?
I was terrified. I fled because I knew I had a destiny to fulfill and that they’d stop me from doing it.
Where did you go?
Back to my own valley. Sigh…it was so beautiful. Different, but still beautiful, except I was all alone. It was really difficult. I really missed Maresa. Then Azaria, my closest friend found me again.
You must have been very happy.
Only for a brief moment because he told a tale that sent shivers up and down my spine.
What did he say?
He said that the humans had captured one of the herds and was murdering them by using the power of their horns to heal people.
So what did you do?
The only thing I could. I taught Azaria the secret that had kept me alive all this time
What was it?
I can’t say. You have to read the book to find out.
What? Why you meanest dinosaur, you!
Haha! Not really, because for every book that’s sold, 20% of the proceeds go to the Third World Eye Care Society.
The Third World Eye Care Society? What’s that?
It’s a group of doctors who travel to third world countries bringing lots of eyeglasses and performing surgery for free.
Oh, well that’s okay.
Yeah. It’s amazing how they restore the vision of so many people who would otherwise be blind. Anyway, I have to go back now. I’m needed.
Okay, but where can we find the book?
You can buy it on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/unicorntale
Muse It Up Publishing at http://tinyurl.com/museunicorn
And if you want to watch the booktrailer, here it is:
Awesome. And, BTW…oh my gosh, he just slipped back into the book. Darius? Darius? How did he do that? I didn’t even have a chance to thank him. Anyway, readers don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy. Farewell, my friend.
SUZANNE DE MONTIGNY wrote her first unicorn novel at the age of twelve. Several years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with the unicorns. As a teacher in Vancouver, B.C., she learned she could spin a good tale that kept kids and teachers begging for more. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy is her first novel. She lives in Burnaby, B.C. with her husband and two boys.