In fall 2002, Daron M. Shulda's four-year-old daughter, Sydney, climbed onto his lap in the parlor of their big old house and asked him to tell her a story. She had been very rambunctious all morning, playing imaginary games, and running from room to room, clomping her boot heels on the hardwood floors. Thankful for some quiet time, Daron nestled into the corner of the couch and prepared to tell a classic fairytale.
He could not help but chuckle at the way the child was dressed. Sydney wore a frilly dress, a princess tiara, and a clunky pair of boots with high patchwork uppers and square heels. Inspired by his daughter's costume and her adventurous spirit, Daron spontaneously told the story of Princess Sydney and her dragon boots.
For Christmas that year, Daron printed copies of the story for family members and friends, and continued to write additional Princess Sydney stories for fun.
In fall 2004, Daron fully illustrated the original Dragon Boots story using India ink and colored pencil on parchment. That Christmas, family and friends again received the story as a present, complete with the exciting images.
In 2009, Daron M. Shulda is happy to publish Dragon Boots, with hope that it will be remembered as a loving gift to his daughter Sydney, and become a charming gift for other families.
Daron and his family live near Wichita, Kansas. The author works in the local aircraft industry and enjoys writing and illustrating stories in his spare time.
Dragon Boots is Daron M. Shulda's first book.