Monday, April 18, 2011

Character Monday: J F Jenkins and the Oceina Dragon Saga

Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he's loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn't even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she's going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.
When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.

"All about Dragons: An Interview with Darien Oceina"

J.F. Jenkins: Darien, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions from your fans! For those of you who don't know, Darien Oceina is one of the great water dragons. A couple of weeks ago, fans of "Legend of the Oceina Dragon" were given the opportunity to ask him some questions. Almost all of them were about the dragon species. So let's get started!

Do dragons shed their skin like lizards and snakes do?

Darien Oceina: We don't, but my kind also do not stay in our dragon form for long periods of time. I bet if I spent a significant time in my dragon form, I would start to shed it off. When I transform though, my dragon skin refreshes itself.

Is the Loch Ness Monster a dragon, or some other mythical creature you’re not related to?

DO: I don't know what the Loch Ness Monster is.  Sounds scary! I don't think I've ever seen a monster that isn't scary. I would say though, if it looks like a dragon, it probably is one.

Are baby dragons born knowing how to swim/fly/do whatever else dragons do, or do they have to learn how, like birds?

DO: They have to learn how. Some of it is instinct. My kind, being so in tune with the water, we go into the pool with the young ones and let them explore. They learn that they can breathe underwater and how to swim - even in the human form. Flying is harder to learn, especially since we don't become solid in our transformations until about five years old.

How big are your scales?

DO: About the size of a dinner plate. Keep in mind, I am small in size for my kind though. On average, they're about the size of 14" pizza. These are the big main scales of course. They vary in size, based on the location and function of the scale. Some are small and flexible. The big ones are for plating and protection.

How close can you get to a princess before you singe their hair off?

DO: My fire can project about thirty feet or so. I'm not sure if that answers your question or not? I guess it depends on if I'm breathing fire!

What are your weaknesses?

DO: Magically speaking, I'm weak against Earth magic. All of the dragons were created with balance in mind. Water is weak to Earth, Earth weak to Wind, Wind weak to Fire, and Fire weak to Water. Now if you mean me as a person, that's something different all together.

Do all dragons have magical abilities?

DO: Yes!  All the dragon species have an element, and their magic reflects said element. My spells all revolve around the water and life. There's a theory that we can combine our magics together even, but no one has tested this recently. It's kind of a myth. I'm certainly curious.
Wow Darien thanks so much for sharing all this info and thank you JF for allowing him to come visit. If you want to fine out more about the author JF Jenkins and Darien click on her name.


  1. Loved the interview !! cant wait for book 2 :)


  2. Yeah I got to hurryup and read book one.

  3. LOL yes you do. :) ;) Yours is on my to-be-read pile as well.