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OW To Train Your Dragon au­thor Cres­sida Cow­ell knows things are go­ing well when she’s sob­bing in her writ­ing shed, tucked away in her back gar­den.

“I de­lib­er­ately set out to make my­self cry,” says the best-sell­ing writer and il­lus­tra­tor. “I’m al­ways mak­ing my­self cry. Un­less you can make your­self cry, how are you go­ing to make other peo­ple cry?”

Pen­ning the fi­nal book in her fa­mous Dragon series, pub­lished 12 years af­ter the first one hit the shelves, was par­tic­u­larly emo­tional.

“I was in floods of tears,” she re­calls. “It was very hard to say good­bye,” Cres­sida con­tin­ues, perched on a sofa and sip­ping tea in the plush liv­ing room of her Lon­don home.

“I loved writ­ing about that world. Peo­ple would say, ‘You’ve writ­ten 12 books. Aren’t you bored?’ But I was never bored.”

Be­fore com­plet­ing the Dragon series, which has sold eight mil­lion copies around the globe, Cres­sida, 52, be­gan to think about what would come next.

So she cre­ated her first new series in 18 years: The Wiz­ards Of Once. Fea­tur­ing the ad­ven­tures of boy wiz­ard Xar and girl war­rior Wish, the first book was pub­lished last Septem­ber to rave re­views.

Twice Magic, the fol­low-up, is now hit­ting the shelves – and she ad­mits the Dragon series was a tough act to fol­low.

“I was very anx­ious about writ­ing Wiz­ards,” the mar­ried mother-ofthree con­fides. “I didn’t want to dis­ap­point. It’s quite hard when you’ve had a huge suc­cess. I’ve been so lucky but there’s a cer­tain pres­sure.”

She need not have wor­ried – the first in the tril­ogy was a hit and DreamWorks has snapped up the film rights.

The an­i­ma­tion com­pany pre­vi­ously adapted her Dragon books into a TV series and films, with the third movie, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hid­den World, due out in Fe­bru­ary.

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