Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Today's Special - - Jeannie Lin
The Dragon and the Pearl in Chinese mythology
Hello Romance Dish and thanks for having me! This is the official kick-off of my blog tour for THE DRAGON AND THE PEARL so I should wish you all lots of love, happiness, and good fortune. Karma, you know?
First of all, what does it mean? We often see Chinese dragons depicted with a pearl or an orb either in their claws or floating nearby. During festivals, dragon dances involve the long serpentine body of the dragon chasing after a pearl. Turns out, it’s a bit of a mystery. The pearl is believed to represent a celestial orb that holds energy and power. In the book, the hero is a warlord who has an outlaw tattoo on his back (umm…yeah, you’re wondering why the cover then shows the heroine with said tattoo, right? The artists were not incorrect is all I’ll say). I had spent the entire first draft of the book wondering what was the tattoo going to be. A sword? Some mysterious symbol? Once I had the title, it hit me—A dragon and the pearl!
The symbolism worked so well with the themes of the book: the quest for power and the mystery of what the pearl truly represents. Like my heroine, I believe the dragon’s pearl is often mistaken for just a shiny bit of treasure, but in truth its meaning and its value is much more complex.
What sort of folklore or symbolism are you fascinated by? Let me know in the comments or just say howdy and hello and I’ll be giving away a free copy of the prequel BUTTERFLY SWORDS, print or ebook, your choice, to one randomly selected visitor.
You can visit me at my website: http://www.jeannielin.com or check out THE DRAGON AND THE PEARL LAUNCH CELEBRATION (http://www.jeannielin.com/index.php/the-dragon-and-the-pearl-launch-celebration) for a chance to receive books and other Tang Dynasty themed goodies. I’m also on Twitter as @JeannieLin.