Interview with the Author:So, Amber, what is your favorite mermaid story or myth?
I tend to prefer Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It’s incredibly haunting, and ashamedly, it has been far too long since I last read it.
This story was really unique. What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?
Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. Not that it’s a trade secret or anything, but because the story literally came to me. I’m not sure that I even spent more than an evening brainstorming on it. All I had to go on was that I wanted a physically flawed heroine (note: she’s gorgeous to everyone but herself), an emotionally troubled hero, and I wanted to throw them against the world. Everything else fell into place.
Okay, so go ahead and give us your dream cast for your characters.
If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters? Oh shit. (Can I say shit? If not, just bleep it out.) Uhm. Wow. This is tough! For Ia, if I had the budget, I’d probably cast either Emma Stone or Emilia Clarke. Matthias – This is the big one. I have no clue. Find me a handsome, green-eyed, half-African, half-Caucasian actor who is around 30 years of age. ;) Lord Malcom – Daniel Craig. Zatia – Angela Bassett Joseph - Jaden Harmon
What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?
This interview! (I’m halfway kidding.) For me, it was the mechanics. How do they move, swim? When they talk, are there air bubbles? Does it matter to the reader? LOL Basically, how technical should I get and how descriptive…and how much do I allow my reader to invent/imagine for themselves? It’s tricky.
Would you consider yourself more Team Ursula or Team Ariel?
Am I too diplomatic for saying both? I feel for Ursula. There are few villains that I don’t have some form of sympathy for. Ursula is Ariel gone wrong. She’s the girl who wanted a different existence, and it turned out poorly. Instead of her desire landing her with legs and a prince and a castle, it landed her a bitter, rotten soul and banishment. Who knows what happened, and it could very well be that she’s a product of her own decisions, but it’s still a sad ending for her. What else should we know about your novella? This is my first ever romance! I fell absolutely in love with my characters, and I hope that you do too. Also, I tend to write a little on the dark side, a little morbid, and this does have some of that darkness to it, so be aware that it’s not exactly lighthearted. Please let me know what you think! Feel free to contact me on my website: www.amberdraeger.com, on my facebook page: facebook.com/ardraeger, or on twitter: twitter.com/adraeger.
Blurb:Of Ocean… Cast into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her adoptive family among the merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and the strict societal rules of the merpeople lead her to wonder of the world above the waves.
And Ash… When a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body has transformed into the human she would have been. Taken in as property by a callous plantation owner, Ia works alongside the slaves until she can make her way back to the water. There is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is, until she meets a handsome, troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that can be as kind as his tongue is harsh.
Torn between two very different lives, Ia must choose – stay in his world and risk her life for a love untested, or return to the familiar arms of the underwater world that raised her and risk losing what may be the greatest love she will ever know.
Will Ia’s choice lead to her happiness or her destruction?
About the Author:Author Amber (A.R.) Draeger specializes in macabre, fantastical fiction, spreading her interest across multiple genres including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and thriller. Her debut romance novella, Of Ocean and Ash, to be published in the Blazing Indie Collective’s Falling in Deep Collection, will be released June 9th, 2015. Her debut horror/thriller/sci-fi novella, Daughters of Men, to be published in association with Bathory Gate Press, will follow in Summer 2015. She resides in rural Texas with her husband and son.
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