Dragon Diplomacy was written with my children's active contribution, and the reading aloud of each chapter was beautiful family time I can fondly look back on. We also drew the characters and made maps (not included in the book) and thought of ideas for sequels (working on that now).
The most important lessons I learned from writing this book are probably, 1) Kid love dragons, and 2) Kids are a brutally honest audience. My daughters had no qualms to say, "this is boring" or "change the ending". I followed their advice, of course. What choice did I have?