Award winning author and screen writer in El Dorado on Saturday
Elana A. Mugdan’s first novel, Dragon Speaker, was released in North America on Oct. 15, 2018. From 11 a. m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, Mugdan will present a reading from the book – in full medieval costume – and will be signing books at The Next Chapter Books & Novelties, at 2222 W. Central Ave., El Dorado.
Dragon Speaker is the first in a cycle of five novels in Mugdan's Shadow War Saga. The series is in the popular Young Adult Fantasy genre. After having been published in 2016 by Pen Works Media in England, the book was accepted as an outstanding independent work by DartFrog Books, a leading sponsor of indie authors and booksellers.
The Next Chapter Books & Novelties is one of 50 brick-and-mortar stores across the nation that have partnered with DartFrog to showcase and promote exceptional literary talent.
Chanticleer Book Reviews raves: "High fantasy that hits all the marks ... fantasy – adventure – coming of age. It's all here in Elana Mugdan's Dragon Speaker!" Reader's Favorite adds: "A fresh premise to the classic dragon theme."
Everyone knows this story: an unlikely young hero is chosen by divine providence to save the world from a terrible evil. Except Keriya Nameless is crippled, without the power to wield magic in a world where everyone else can. The god who chose her is a mysterious dragon with a knack for exploiting loopholes in the rules. Oh – and that terrible evil the world needs to be saved from? Maybe it's not quite as evil as everyone says.
Mugdan is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. In 2010 she wrote, directed, and produced her first professional feature length film, Director's Cut. It was an official selection at fourteen film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, earning widespread acclaim and winning major awards at four of them, including the Indie Spirit Special Recognition Award at the prestigious Boston International Film Festival in April, 2011. The picture received distribution by Digital Magic Entertainment in 2012 under the title Let's Make a Movie.
Mugdan is a New York City native who lives a quiet but eccentric life with her pet snake, Medusa. Appearing in full costume, she brings an authentic air to her book signing events and readings, and encourages attendees to dress in their favorite costumes as well.