I am so excited to have fellow Crescent Moon Press Author Katie O’Sullivan on the blog today. Her Son of A Mermaid has just been released this week, and I can’t wait to devour it this weekend. In the meantime, Katie is sharing her thoughts on mermaids.
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Thanks for having me on your blog today, Constance! It’s been a crazy few weeks getting ready for the release of my new book, and yet I can’t believe it’s FINALLY HERE!
When I first started looking for a home for my book, I was told repeatedly that “no one” liked mermaid stories. Which just isn’t the case. Yes, vampires and angels are hot paranormal subject matter, but why weren’t there more mermaid stories on the YA shelf? A whole generation of girls raised with Disney’s Ariel were left without any mermaids in their literature.
There are mermaid myths and legends in every country around the world, across every culture, across the centuries. There are cave paintings of mermaids that date back 30,000 years. We’re talking Stone Age mermaids.
Why not in current YA?
Mine isn’t the first mermaid book out there, so I know I’m not the only one who saw the empty space in the paranormal genre. Mermaid tales are still easily outnumbered by vampires, zombies, angels and demons. But they finally seem to be growing in popularity.
Early last summer, a pseudo-documentary on the Animal Planet and Discovery channels, titled “Mermaids: The Body Found,” garnered wide television audiences. The film accused the government of covering up evidence, and keeping the existence of a mermaid race classified.
The attention raised prompted NOAA (the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, a serious federal agency with serious issues to deal with like, say, global warming and rising seas) to issue a statement that mermaids definitely do not exist. “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” NOAA declares in a statement that can still be read on its website.
And yet there are creatures lurking in the depths of our oceans yet to be discovered. Scientists have undertaken very few deep sea explorations. Why make a carefully worded statement like that about mermaids… is the government really hiding something? Is it possible that an underwater race does exist?
I’d like to think it’s possible. And I know I’m not the only one.
What about you? Do you believe in the existence of mermaids?
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Thank you, Constance, for inviting me over today to talk about mermaids, and for helping me celebrate my new novel making its own splash in the world!
SON OF A MERMAID, by Katie O’Sullivan — Published May 2013 by Crescent Moon Press
Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated.
After a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, the fifteen-year-old orphan moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he’s never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes his life forever.
Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders. The daughter of royal servants, she knows the planned marriage of her Princess to the foreign King should put an end to the war between the clans. Two things stand in the way of lasting peace: an ambitious Regent and rumors of a half-human child who will save the oceans.
Sparks fly when she meets Shea, but could the cute drylander really be the Son of a Mermaid?
About the Author:
Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. She writes YA and romantic suspense novels, and works as an editor making other people’s words sparkle. For the last four years, she’s been the Editor of CapeWomenOnline.com magazine and writes a column entitled “The Write Way.”
She hopes her debut YA novel, SON OF A MERMAID, will make a big splash this summer, engaging young readers with a Cape Cod tale of a boy who discovers both his roots and his destiny far below the waters of Nantucket Sound.
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