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The interview of the novelist S-P Decroix in 7 questions!

Today, we are zooming in on SP Decroix, the author who has just published her novel La Princesse du fond des Temps (The Princess of the deepest Times), which arouses great interest on the part of many readers have pre-ordered their copy prior to its release.

We asked her a few questions so she would have less secrets for you …

1 / How many years have you been writing and how did you start writing your first novels?

I have been writing novels since I was 16 years old. I am 41 years old today, it can be said that I have been writing for 25 years. But, I must say that I had begun long before, writing poetry.

2 / What was your intention when you wrote La Princesse du fond des Temps (The Princess of the deepest Times)?

This question also answers the second part of the first.
When I wrote this fantastic tale at the age of 16, my very first, it was above all for my sisters Emmanuelle and Aurore aged at the time of 12 and 7 years. I wanted to change their ideas, to introduce them to the magic of dreams. And at their age, what better way than a beautiful heroine with a harsh character in search of an extraordinary adventure?

3 / To write to you, it is …

to escape, to invite others to travel in my worlds, is also to share, quite simply.
I find it wonderful to tell myself that I manage to make people dream, to transport people with me, “elsewhere”, just with words … it’s really fantastic.

4 / What do you have in common with the heroine of your novel, Sokorie?

No doubt: my determination, because it took me time, hard work and courage to get to where I am now.
There were many obstacles, I do not doubt for a moment that there are certainly others, but I am and will always remain standing, even if I have often doubted it. And it’s good to know that an editor really believes in you. I would never thank Lysons enough editions for their support.

5 / If you were to be the heroine of a legend other than that of the Princess of the deepest Times, what would it be?

It is certain that I would not be a new “Snow White” or “Cinderella”. I like that my heroines are a little more “resourceful”. So I would rather think of a Legend like that of “Mulan“, a great-hearted adventurer who was probably one of the first to be in the fight of prejudices. She could be assimilated to the female cause, just like the “Princess Leïa” of “Star Wars”.
Strength” is with them but not only; gentleness, intelligence also, and again: determination.

6 / You have had many literary prizes, how do you live this recognition of your work and this growing awareness?

Yes, I’ve been in competitions for a long time. It is always moving to know that your work is enjoying and that it is rewarded. But I do not think I have real notoriety. it is necessary to be wise and to remain humble because the way to be “recognized” is stony, and if to reach the summit is difficult, to fall is very easy, on the contrary. So I want to keep a cool head and act with caution, wisdom. On the other hand, if I can put this “recognition” at the service of just causes, I will do it. It is also in this context that I participate in the event of September of the “Pièces Jaunes” Foundation of my region.

7 / If you had a single message to convey to your readers, what would it be?

Hope is what keeps human peoples apart from darkness. Particularly during troubling, difficult, even atrocious events. It is also this fragile flame that allows us to see “further”. Believe in your dreams. Believe in yourself and always keep hope.

Interview carried out on August 14, 2017 by Leandro De Carvalho for Lysons éditions. Thanks to Sandrine for answering our questions!

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The dragon: a symbol of life and power!

Hello everyone,

First of all, let me introduce myself. I am S-P Decroix, author of “The Princess of the ends of Time” which will be released at the beginning of Lysons Éditions. When my publisher (Leandro De Carvalho) asked his authors if they wanted to participate in the blog of the publishing house to speak literature, I immediately accepted. But suddenly, my little brain got overheated … once again. For it is not ideas that are lacking to discuss literature. I have therefore cooled my neurons (it is necessary if I want to continue writing) and thought of all the creatures that populate our imaginary adult and child. But where do you start? There are so many and so many! So I said to myself:

“What could be more noble, more dangerous, such attractive as frightening as THE DRAGON?”

A symbol of life and power in China, protector in Indonesia, protector of treasures in Ancient Greece or even evil and a ravisher of princesses in medieval Europe, this legendary creature is often represented as a gigantic animal, winged, provided with claws Lion and a snake tail.

Its Latin etymology “draco” is derived from the Greek “drakeîn” itself coming from the verb “dérkomai” meaning “to see clear”.

Several myths and legends about this fabulous animal have mingled with one another to finally grant him his form that we all know him today.

Indeed, it is necessary to know that the western dragons are different from the Asian dragons. Among the Westerners, especially in the Greco-Roman, Norse or Celtic myths, the dragon is above all an animal of reptilian form (winged of course), but above all spitting fire, which binds it to the earth element. It is for this reason that he is often attached to more “basic” things, more “down to earth”: he is then the fierce guardian of fabulous treasures. In the Western mind, the dragon is also an evil creature, and because of its specific form, it also embodies evil. This is why the archangel Michael fights it.

Asian dragons are also related to the forces of nature, but not specifically to fire. How many accounts, and more precisely of mangas, show them associated with the other elements: water, air, ice, wood, metal? In reality, here (in Europe), it is above all, linked to water. In Asian beliefs, dragons are not hostile creatures either. They do not necessarily have wings.

It is the fifth animal of Chinese astrology (and by the way, this is my sign), where it is the symbol of luck. Many emperors are of this sign and great festivities are given the years of the dragon. The nickname of the very famous Bruce Lee is “Little Dragon”.

The symbolism of its horns would come from astrology and its place in the ranking of the calendar, carried out during a race under the aegis of either the Jade Emperor or Buddha.

In any case, the pig (or the pig according to the divergences of the calendars), mu in arbiter, has sown the zizanie among the animals (that is why it is relegated to the last place) and to calm the dragon, Offered him his horns as a crown for the king of aquatic animals.

In any case, they are incredible fantastic animals, of an extraordinary intelligence, endowed with thoughts, sometimes speech and often linked to magic. It would also seem that the scales (or the skin according to legends), the blood and sometimes the claws (even the teeth) of dragons are provided with incredible properties.

Where to find dragons?

(List incomplete because too, too long !!!)

Books / mangas:


The Endless Story, Michael Ende

The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

Harry Potter of J. K. Rowling

Tara Duncan by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian

Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth

The Iron Throne of George R. R. Martin

The Royal Assassin, The Adventurers of the Sea and The Cities of the Ancients by Robin Hobb

The Legend of Drizzt by R. A. Salvatore

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toryama

Games


Dungeon and Dragon (board game and movies)

Dream of Dragon (role-playing)

Drakkhen (video game)

Warcraft (video game)

Dragon Age (video game)

And many others…

Movies


Excalibur (1981)

The Endless Story (1984)

Heart of the Dragon (1996)

Dungeons & Dragons (2000) and Dungeons & Dragons, the Supreme Power (2006): Inspired by role play.

Dragons, Dragons 2 (2014): 3D animation movies.

Me, Arthur, 12 years old, dragon hunter [] (2010)


I hope you enjoyed this article.

See you soon !

Article written by S-P DECROIX.