SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.
MS: Elanor emerges from the ashes of her home, her family gone. The dragon changeling, Adom, kidnaps her, and Elanor directs all her pain and anger at her loss on him. With limited resources, friends, and ways to cope with her parents’ demise, she’s determined to kill him to avenge her family. But reentering human society changes Elanor, and soon her feelings of hatred evolve into something much more meaningful as she uses her old skills and newfound knowledge to her advantage.SC: Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
MS: I’m open to the possibility, but have never had an experience.SC: What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?
MS: I’m currently working on a fantasy set in the same world as Slither featuring a warrior woman who is also a mother, person of color, and a wife.
Publisher: Dragon Moon Press
Date of Publication: April 24, 2017
Number of pages: 310
Cover Artist: Gwen Gades
Tagline: Her revenge is better served cold-blooded
Elanor of Onyx, enslaved by the dragons who scorched her kin and country, is determined to escape her island prison.
When the changeling dragon, Adom, demands that Elanor come with him to the mainland on a secret mission, she sees this the opportunity she’s been waiting for—a chance to exact her revenge. But when his actions take a surprising twist, Elanor begins to suspect that maybe things are not as they seem.
With a plot brewing against the mainland king, alliances are tested and Elanor discovers a secret that will forever change the way she views the slithering dragons—and herself.
“Forgive me,” he says. “But when I say the word, you really should scream.”
That’s all the warning I need. If Adom wants me to scream, he wants the others to think he’s hurting me. He wants to send fear shuddering down their monstrous, twisted spines, to dry their mouths and shrivel the pits of their cavernous stomachs. He wants to show them that he is the king, the master of this mountain, the master of me.
Adom averts his gaze. “Scream.”
In the seconds it takes him to morph from human to dragon, his chest expanding, scales popping out of his skin like boils, I’m already at the door. I scream, just as he asks me to.
The full blast of flame doesn’t hit me, but it’s enough heat to sting my lower back. Good thing I tied my hair this morning—he misses singeing it off by a few inches. The monstrous roar he releases bursts a decanter on the table. The mirror cracks. But the fire inside me has nothing to do with Adom’s monster, and everything to do with my own. Only mine burns for revenge.
About the Author
Melody Steiner is a novelist, librarian, warrior woman, and a mother. She grew up in a home where science fiction and fantasy were staples of the imagination. Her earliest novels were written in elementary school and involved rocket ships to the moon, alien life, and gumdrop kingdoms at war with other invading candy nations. Over the years, she found herself drawn to fantasy stories that empower female characters and particularly women of color. Currently, she’s based near Columbus, Ohio, along with her husband and the wild things they call “children.”
Her recent work, Slither, is a traditional fantasy about a young woman who is enslaved by a herd of dragons.
You can find her at