Remember when I said I found a new series involving merpeople? There’s a ton of werewolves and vampires out there, but with In Over Her Head, we’ll be getting some hot merpeople action and we’ll have Judi Fennell to thank for that.
Today, I’m excited to welcome Judi to Literary Escapism where she’ll be talking about her new novel, In Over Her Head,
Hi and thanks for having me! So what do you do when you’re terrified of the ocean and someone is forcing you in at gunpoint?
Well, if you’re Erica Peck, the heroine of In Over Her Head, you beat the bad guy—who just so happens to be your ex-fiancé—at his own game.
If you’re me, well… probably not.
Now, I haven’t ever been forced into the ocean at gunpoint, but sometimes it feels that way. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I, like Erica, am terrified of the ocean. Oh, not the deep, or the water, but what’s in the deep water. Heck, what can show up in three feet of water.
Yes, I saw JAWS at a young age. It left a mark.
But I refuse to allow myself to be paralyzed by that fear, and I’d like to think I’d react as Erica does. Well, as she does after she realizes that she’s not going crazy. That starfish can have attitudes, that remoras are bossy, and Atlantis isn’t the myth we all believe. She takes it on the fin, I mean, chin, and sets her sights on getting out alive.
She also sets her sights on Reel, the hero. The merman.
And yes, the first question everyone—and I mean everyone—asks is about that. How do mermen “do it”?
You really think I’m going to spill the beans now?
See, one of the things I like to do with my writing is take myths, legends, pop culture, fables, fairy tales, what have you, and “twist” them. Take you down one road then suddenly go left. Or right. Or up. Or down.
Or under the sea. Onto a deserted island. Maybe both.
And of course you have to have a bad guy. And danger. And Atlantis. And diamonds…
This story gave me the chance to explore the oceans, yes, with sharks, in a way that I could control (well, as much as the characters let me) and maybe, just maybe, get it back for myself. So this summer, when I’m vacationing at the Jersey Shore, I might go in the water past my knees. Do some boogie-boarding, maybe even take a book out on a raft with me.
Although… Vincent, the great white, did scare Erica just offshore, so maybe I won’t. Or if I do, there will be someone else farther out. Someone on either side of me.
And my eyes not on any book, but looking for fins.
Now, if only they are Mer fins…
For your chance to win one of three romantic beach getaway weekends to celebrate the release of In Over Her Head and the next two in the series, Wild Blue Under in November ’09, and Catch of a Lifetime in February 2010, see my website to register to win.
This story was an absolute blast to write and the characters kept me laughing. It’s been so amazing to me that others have liked my “little talking fish” story, and I hope you do too.
Thank you Judi for stopping by and I can’t wait to read In Over Her Head!
Contest Time! We’re giving away a copy of Judi Fennell’s novel In Over Her Head to a lucky commentator and it’s very easy to enter. All you have to do is answer this one of these simple questions: Do you have any fantasies involved mermen? Do you already have a favorite merman? Now that we have some more mermen, what other characters are sadly lacking in novels?
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