Linda McNabb

Fantasy Books for All Ages

Here Be Dragons

I've heard this phrase a lot in my life but I never really understood what it meant. Was it where dragons lived? Was it a warning?
Well, here's the origin of it - or so I'm told. When navigators of old were sailing the globe and they reached the end of the map they would say 'Here be Dragons!'
I'd have to say I'm not really any the wiser. What did the sailors mean? I'd like to think it meant that anything was possible and maybe they were hoping to meet dragons.
When you pick up one of my books I can assure you that 'Here Be Dragons' means exactly that. Almost all of them have dragons living inside, just waiting to meet a new reader. So pick up a book and find your dragon!


A Thousand Words

They say a picture tells a thousand words. So it stands to reason that the cover of a book should tell a story too? How much do you base your decision to buy a book by the cover alone? If it’s not an appealing cover do you even read the story blurb?

When a person buys a book, they’re not paying for a bunch of words strung together, they’re buying an experience, a journey to somewhere else, a memory to remember fondly (one hopes!).

A cover of a book is part and parcel of the entire experience and getting it right for the audience who would enjoy the book is very important.

If a child sees a book with a single image on the cover, would it tell them enough about the story to get them to look closer? Does it tell a thousand words? An older reader may look past a less than appealing cover if they know the author and sometimes prefer a more symbolic cover (e.g. Twilight, Hunger Games) that isn’t always apparent to ‘why’ it was chosen until after you have read the story.

How much importance do you put on the cover of a book, and would you buy a book with a cover you didn’t like? Does it have to depict a scene from inside the book? Does a series have to all ‘look’ similar?

For me, I have to like the cover, I like the scene to give a good indication of age, content etc, and I definitely like a series to look good next to each other.

For the Love of Dragons

I knew the first time I read a book about dragons that I was hooked. Read More...