About Savannah J. Goins
Entrepreneurial speaker and fantasy novelist Savannah J. Goins teaches creatives how to value failure, enjoy the journey, and know when they've arrived. She uses her background in dragon wrangling as an exotic animal veterinary technician to encourage and inspire audiences with entertaining stories and unforgettable lessons.
She is the author of young adult fantasy novels The Gwythienian and The Crivabanian, with The Cathawyr expected for publication in 2021. She has been featured in podcasts such as Fantasy Fiends and book clubs such as Words and Whimsy.
More about me? Well, if there's an animal around, I'm probably petting it. If it's after 5:00 am, I'm up and at 'em, and if I'm sitting down, I'm probably dozing off. If there's coffee, it's in my cup, and if there's dark chocolate, I already ate it.
Growing up, some people made me feel like I wasn't a real person.
Like I didn't count.
One time, I had the chance to prove my worth.
But I failed. Twice.
And that particular instance of failure is one of the events in my life I am most grateful for.
Without it, I would never be where I am today.
Through stories of epic failures, including one or two of my own, I introduce successful perspective and encourage audiences to do the things they've never thought they were ready for before.
When eyes are opened to the incredible benefits that can come from failure, if one only knows how to spot them, previously unfathomed possibilities come to light.
How Am I a Professional
So why do I claim to be a professional dragon wrangler? Because I actually am! While I recently made a job change as a step toward writing and speaking full time, I spent three incredible years wrangling dragons and other amazing animals as a Registered Veterinary Technician at an exotic animal clinic. While working there, I cared for everything from beta fish to tigers, budgies to bald eagles, baby dragons to giant dragons, and even a few kangaroos and a coatimundi.
I was part of the most amazing team of RVTs in existence and our job included taking histories on, feeding, watering, handling, medicating, sedating, radiographing, anesthetizing, and monitoring our exotic patients, and also teaching their owners how to give medications and take care of them in the best possible way.
I continue to volunteer with an awesome exotic animal rescue, and in the process have fostered bearded dragons, geckos, tortoises, snakes, and even a baby alligator who'd been abandoned in an apartment in zero-degree weather and needed a temporary home until he could go to a gator rescue.
Working at the clinic and volunteering with the rescue gave me a lot of cool opportunities, many of them involving the wrangling of various animals. I have scars from hanging over a fence holding up a potbelly pig and I have literally had a couple drops of both tiger blood and dragon blood land on my skin (which means I probably have magical powers now, so I'm just waiting for them to manifest).
It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, but in order to prioritize my entrepreneurial and writing career goals, I left the clinic and am now working with animals at a university in Indianapolis with a more flexible schedule to accommodate these other pursuits. I look forward to transitioning to a full time writer-entrepreneur in the future.
In my spare time, I help homeless dragons find forever homes.
I once had three pet rats named Kaz, Inej, and Jesper after the characters in Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows.
As for coffee, as much as I like fru fru chocolaty stuff with a dash of caffeine, plain black coffee has become a staple.
I can anesthetize a bird and keep it alive through surgery.
I love sketching my characters and places, but Christopher Paolini's ability to draw his creations far outmatches mine!
I once held up a potbelly pig while hanging over a fence by my hips.
I've been bled on by both a real live dragon and a full-sized tiger, so my magical abilities should be showing up any time now :)