How did this lead to a book about dragons and octopuses?
I had not yet taken Probability, a prerequisite, but the textbook used very little. So I asked the instructor to let me take his course.
The first two weeks were a “quick review” of Probability. I was hopelessly lost. I’m an intuitive thinker; my mind can put facts together and jump to the right answer but I may not know HOW I got the answer.
I answered the professor's questions correctly but without understanding.
I took the test and did better than I expected, more than 60% correct. I flunked. With that out of the way, I was cheerfully prepared to tackle statistics.
The professor took me aside after class and handed me a hefty textbook. “Learn this. In four weeks I’ll give you another Probability test and I expect at least a B.”
I passed and he added this grade to my other grades. He did NOT replace my flunking grade. What I found interesting was his attitude toward teaching. He EXPECTED his students to learn.
Later, I was offered a job as a tutor for the Math department. I was impressed by the many ways people can misunderstand! I made up quick, simple tests to find important holes in understanding. I drew pictures to illustrate concepts. Soon, chemistry students found their way to my office so I helped them, too.
I drew pictures and cartoons for my Crystal books. I connected math and chemistry with rocks: the angles of the crystals are the angles of the chemical bonds. I used shark tooth ratios. I learned a new way to write.
“Crystal Geometry” and “Crystal Colors” are now used in schools.
My mind was hijacked. I knew dragon customs and legends I’d never heard of. Dragon Arak and Octopus Scree were born.
My math class led to tutoring which led to my Crystal books. This led to the Dragon Dreamer series.
Earth octopuses are at least as intelligent as human beings, while dragons are forever fascinating.
How could an octopus heal a dragon? And why? Writing as an octopus and then as a dragon is fun; I love the range of abilities and diversity of minds. Their unique friendship develops an appreciation of differences.
“The Dragon Dreamer” and “Dragon Lightning” are my first two novels. This Science Fantasy Adventure series is for young adults 9 to 99.
QUOTES FROM READERS
“This is not a typical dragon fantasy story, and is very different to things I've read before. Certainly suited to younger readers, but I - as an adult - very happily drank it in from cover to cover.” ~ 5* Amazon Review
“Who would have thought about story of a friendship between a dragon and an octopus would be so incredibly interesting? Well, obviously, the author did, because she did a fantastic job of weaving a fanciful story with actual facts about octopi and other marine life. I adored all the characters.” ~ 5* Goodreads Review
"The Dragon Dreamer" e-books: www.books2read.com/u/bWZOoq
"Dragon Lightning" e-books: www.books2read.com/u/3k0nOn