Sarah wanted to know how I managed to collect up 17 folders of information on dragons for my new book The Dragon Companion: An Encyclopedia (see post More Dragons on the Horizon.)
What I really wanted to find were the original stories, so I searched for the stories translated from ancient Greek poems and Scandinavian sagas etc. Dragon information can be found in unexpected places such as Chinese medical books and Medieval science books. I found articles about dragons carved on churches and decorating prayer books.
As well as information, I also collected images of dragons—photos, paintings—and I picked out some of them and gave them to the illustrator, Dean Jones, when it came time for him to illustrate the book. He studied the pictures and made sure that the different dragons had the right characteristics. For example, the Iranian dragons had one branched horn and the Russian dragons several heads.
It was a big job, but a very enjoyable one.