A. My Mum made me watch Splash! when I was 5 & I've been obsessed ever since. I've breathed unintentionally three times while underwater & am thoroughly convinced I AM a mermaid & just don't know how to phase.
D. Do you base your characters on real life people?
A. Not all of them, no. Thayde is very similar to my husband. Élan (oddly enough) is very much like me & Morgan's voice & thoughts are mine. The rest are all from my imagination, unless I specifically make a note of it in the acknowledgement section. For instance, there's a character in FATHOM, the sequel to FINS, named Jacob Mac, who is named after a friend of mine in high school named Mac. He was several grades ahead of me & was so kind & gracious to everyone. With his permission, I named the character after him.
D. How long did it take you to write Fins?
D. I loved the interior decorating scenes with the Florida house. Where did you get your ideas from? I want a mermaid bathtub now! Oh, and the way you described the rooms and her mother's clothes...wow.
A.Many of my ideas came from how I would want my house on the edge of the sea, how I would want my pool, how I wanted my bed when I was little (Naira's room). I did grab my Pottery Barn catalog once & took a few ideas from a living room I liked, but that's about it.
D. What advice would you give to aspiring writers out there?
D. Do you balance your writing around another job?
D. What is your writing day like?
D.. Do you listen to music while you write?
D. Is there a playlist for Fins?
D.. Do you have any strange habits when you write? Weird foods, stuffed monkey hanging from your chair...
D. What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
A. For FINS - I just wanted my readers to enjoy the read - get involved with the characters, connect with them, care. I wanted them to be swept away into another world for a while. If they were, then I did my job!
With FATHOM, I delved much deeper, but I'll have to save that information for FATHOM's interview.
D. Who did the beautiful cover work for FINS?
A. The artist's name is Ken Koeberlein. He is a native of Idaho & a friend. I've asked him to design all my book covers. He's an incredibly gifted artist & his work inspires me. His website is: www.koeberdesigns.com