Omg…it’s Monday again. Anyone else feel like rolling over and praying the weekend started over again. Well anyway to get the week started I am sitting down with Reecah Draakvriend, from Fantasy author Richard H. Stephens books Reecah’s Flight and his upcoming release Reecah’s Gift. Hope you will enjoy this sit down I sure did.
Who are you and what makes you great?
I am Reecah Draakvriend, a simple girl from a small fishing village on the western coast of the Great Kingdom. As far as special, I don’t think I am special at all, but those in the know claim that I am the last of the dragon friends who used to be known as Windwalkers.
What is your soul purpose in life?
I grew up wanting to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps and join the dragon hunt. Due to a chance encounter with a baby dragon, my purpose has now changed. I have made it my life’s goal to save dragonkind from extinction, or die in the attempt.
What kind of adventures have you had that stay with you till this day?
I once tried to enlist with the dragon hunt, but that didn’t end well. I have also been the subject of a witch’s experiments, and although terrifying at the time, they have made me realize who I am. I also ventured into the Dragon Temple, deep inside an active volcano and lived to tell about it,
Do you have a love interest? If you do please tell us about him/her or why you don’t.
That’s a tough one. I have been an outcast and a loner my entire life so forming a bond with other people doesn’t come naturally to me. There is one person who makes me feel all strange inside, but his family and mine aren’t on good terms.
Tell us about your journey you are on and how it has helped you grow as a person.
I am on a personal quest to save the dragons from a tyrannical king. My goal is to somehow get an audience in front of him to enlighten him on what a bad idea his dragon campaign is. Unfortunately, for someone as low born as I am, getting an audience with the high king of the greatest realm, is nothing more than a pipe dream.
What kind of creatures do you see on a daily basis?
Dragons! I have befriended 4 dragons who accompany me on my journey. I also travel with an elf, a dwarf, and perhaps my favourite friend of all, my raven, Raver.
Who do you look up too? Why?
My poppa. But he’s dead now. He always encouraged me to follow my dreams, despite what society thought.
If you had one thing about yourself that you would want to change what would it be?
My temper, for sure. Thus my inability to let the taunts of the other kids while growing up from bothering me. I’m not well liked because of the noses I have broken.
Who is your ultimate enemy? Why?
That is a tough one. High King J’kaar is definitely up there, as it is his edict that promotes the slaying of dragons, but his son, J’kwaad the dark heir is probably number 1. J’kwaad is the leader of the hunt. His magical abilities make him a formidable foe that no one wishes to go up against.
What should we expect from you in your coming book?
I venture into the bigger world and quickly learn how twisted it actually is. Being from a small town, the goings on are real eye openers. I will strive to better myself and become more confident in dealing with personalities that are larger than life. My temper will cause me problems, but hey, that’s who I am.
Fleeing from the only life she has ever known, Reecah Windwalker sets out to avert a terrible tragedy. One that will force the dragons to the edge of extinction. But first, Reecah must find herself.
Braving the perils of a cutthroat city, Reecah discovers that as bad as life may have seemed, nothing prepared her for what her future has in store. Surviving hardships no one should ever have to endure, she finds herself face-to-face with those seeking her demise.
Without the intervention of an eclectic warrior, and the assistance of her dragon friends, Reecah might never realize the gift so many died to protect.
Richard began writing circa 1974, a bored child looking for something to do. As his reading horizons broadened, so did his writing.
A trip to a local bookstore saw the proprietor introduce him to Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson. His writing life was forever changed.
He worked in a warehouse for 22 years, supporting his family, before re-attending school to complete his education. Graduating with honours, he joined the local Police Service.
In 2017, he resigned from the Police Service to pursue writing full-time. With the support of his family, he has finally realized his boyhood dream.