Q&A with Chris d'Lacey

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Q&A with Chris d'Lacey, the author of The Last Dragon Chronicles series.

If one of your books were made into a movie, which book would you choose? Who would you want to play each character?

Well, the dragon books are really one long story chopped up into four at the moment. So all of them!

Ewan McGregor as David Rain. Emma Thompson as Elizabeth Pennykettle. Some new young starlet as Lucy Pennykettle. Helen Mirren as Gwilanna (and boy, would she be scary!). Eliza Patricia Dushku as Zanna. Kiefer Sutherland as Dr Bergstrom. Anthony Hopkins as Mr Bacon. Bonnington and the dragons as themselves. And if we can fit Gwyneth Paltrow in somewhere, then that would be fab. I’ll write her a part in Dark Fire if need be…

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three items you would bring?

My guitar, Gadzooks, and a laptop with a very powerful wireless connection.

Rock, paper or scissors?


Costume Party Alias:

Ziggy Stardust

What is your perfect sandwich?

Lancashire cheese and brown sauce.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

David Rain

If you could go back in time, when and where would you go?

The birth of the universe, so I could see how it came to be.

If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would you want to meet?

John Lennon

Super Spy Secret Agent Identity:

Dragon Boy

Superstitions or phobias:

When I was a boy, my grandma used to tell me that if I ate her bread and butter pudding before a soccer game, my team would win. I keep thinking I might try it the next time England goes for the World Cup...

Last song you listened to:

“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol

Last movie you really enjoyed:


Favorite flavor of ice cream:

Rum and Raisin

Favorite type of pizza:

Straightforward vegetarian margherita (with added pineapple)

Computer/video game you’ve played the most:

Spider solitaire (writers spend a lot of time alone)

Favorite fruit:


Quote/Saying you live by:

Do as you would be done by

Pie or cake? Cake
Cat or dog? Cat
Science Fiction or Fantasy? Tricky, both!
Colors or black & white? Colours
Fruits or vegetables? Fruits
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Hummus or salsa? Yuk!
Paper or plastic? Paper but there’s no competition really, is there?

Be sure to check out The Last Dragon Chronicles site!