So next Wednesday you must all obviously come to New York City to see a fabulous mermaidly reading with me, Sarah Porter, and Tara Altebrando. All of us have written mermaid novels, and we’re also all contributors to the new MERMAIDS magazine which I’m editing and will now be premiering in FEBRUARY, and we’ll all be reading from and signing our mermaidly wonders.
Also, all of us were mentioned in this USA Today article from last spring about the mermaid trend.
The reading will be at the Barnes & Noble Tribeca, which is at 97 Warren Street, at 6pm on NOVEMBER 16. If you don’t come, you might possibly regret it eternally, and enter your old age full of regrets and thoughts of what might have been… Clearly, you should avoid such a fate at all costs.
(Here’s a description of the book from Amazon:
Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside a grim Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation: she becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in. All of them, like her, are lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life—until she discovers the catch: mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen—however, her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?)
And Tara wrote Dreamland Social Club:
(Here’s the book description:
Jane has traveled the world with her father and brother, but it’s not until her fractured family-still silently suffering from the loss of Jane’s mother many years before-inherits a house and a history in Coney Island that she finally begins to find a home. With the help of a new community of friends, a mermaid’s secrets, and a tattooed love interest with traffic-stopping good looks, the once plain Jane begins to blossom and gains the courage to explore the secrets of her mother’s past.
Colorful characters, beautiful writing, and a vibrant, embattled beachfront backdrop make this the perfect summer read for anyone who has ever tried to find true love or a place to call home.)
And I wrote Mermaid, and will probably read a little from that as well as the piece I wrote for the magazine, which is about a mermaid who’s left the water behind.
Here is a snippet from that piece, which Hannah Mermaid read at MerCon in Las Vegas:
Sometimes, when I am walking on land, in the moonlight, the house looms in front of me like a whale and the stars overhead seem like phytoplankton, trailing light through a black sea. At those moments I catch my breath, and remember. I stare up at a tree just as a breeze is coming through, all the leaves set to trembling, and I see whole schools of fish flitting by, and I want to swim alongside them, slapping them away with my hands. I see beautiful young girls with long, bare fingers, and I remember my sisters, how free we were as we pushed through the water. Their tails glittering in front of me. Pearls that we pulled out of oyster shells with our own fists, draped across their necks and arms. We were princesses then. Sometimes, when such nostalgia and longing come over me, it takes me a long time to come back again, open the front door and go inside.
So please come, and please tell all your friends so they don’t die of envy and/or secretly resent you.