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DJ: Hi Sofiya! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Sofiya Pasternack: Hi everyone! I’m an author, a trauma and disaster nurse, and a grad student getting a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatry! I’m also mom to two great kids. I live in Utah but I grew up on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
DJ: What is Anya and the Dragon about?
Sofiya: It’s about an 11-year-old Jewish girl in 10th Century Russia who teams up with the village idiot to save the world’s last dragon. There’s magic, monsters, baking, bravery, and goats.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Anya and the Dragon?
Sofiya: I was absolutely inspired by Slavic folk tales and Russian epics. I grew up obsessed with these bonkers Russian fairy tales and when I grew up I really wanted to turn one (or many) of them into adapted stories. I read a lot of Russian fairy tale books and collections. I also read Katherine Arden’s WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY. I loved seeing her different takes on the same mythology. We both have a domovoi and a rusalka in our stories, but they’re very distinct from each other. Continue reading