Join trusted Bible teacher Marty Machowski for a fictional adventure into the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us. Don’t miss Marty’s new release, Dragon Seed. It’s a page-turning, young adult fiction story that invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick, who receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book—a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!
The Story Behind Dragon Seed
Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?
I found my inspiration for Dragon Seed in the allegory presented in the twelfth chapter of the book of revelation. Reading the text is fascinating.
“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.” (Revelation 12:1–4 ESV)
I wanted to figure out a way to build upon the biblical allegory of the dragon, knowing how well dragon stories appeal to a younger audience. I could then use the story to share valuable truths, some teens may not be so interested to learn. Key among those truths is the harmful effects of independent pride – a trap so many young men and women fall into.
What was the hardest part about writing your novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?
From time to time I jotted down a thought, but it wasn’t until one morning the storyline hit me, and I wrote for several hours, completing the first two draft chapters. After completing the main plot line a few months later, I added the subplots which help to fill out the story and keep the reader engaged.
What trait do you love most about your main character?
I wanted the main character of the story, to be relatable to teens with deep struggles as well as teens who don’t have many challenges. That meant I needed a character the average “good” kid could identify with (Nick), and another character (Demas), who had fully given over to the temptations of evil. Together these two characters demonstrate the spectrum of the evil brought on by giving into pride and help a wide spectrum of teens to relate to the story.
When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?
I hope they are warmed by the happy ending yet frightened by the dangers of pride, so frightened they desire the antidote. The antidote comes in the form of a twelve-day Bible study on humility found at the end of the story. When my daughters first read the draft of Dragon Seed, one of them shared that when a prideful temptation came at them, they quoted Nick who shouted, “Get away from me you dragon.”
What are you working on next?
My next book is designed to help parents with rebellious or challenging parenting situations. Rather than an instructional “how to” book, it is a devotional designed to build the faith of parents in the thick of battle.
Character Interview with Lord Dragon
What is the most interesting thing about you?
I can promise the world to anyone willing to bow their knee to me and join the rebellion against the Creator of the Earth, the King of the Mountain. The world and its treasures are mine to distribute as I see fit and I can use all the powers of the earth to achieve my ends.
I lead the Dragon Horde, the army of fallen guardians who once stood watch over the throne of the king at the top of the mountain.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Omnipotent, glorious, and eternal.
What do you do for fun?
Lead children astray into all manner of wickedness and rebellion.
What is your life motto or goal?
Destroy the King
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Nothing, I love myself just as I am, the perfection of independent thought and truth.
What is the most important thing to you?
Depose the King atop the mountain and sit upon his throne.
Biggest pet peeve:
The King’s assumption that just because he created all things he can rule them.