Tell me about you. What do you write?
I’m a sci-fi junkie, a video game nerd, and a wannabe manga artist, and I write a lot of things. Sometimes I writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series. How to be a Mermaid will be my eighth novel with my ninth following shortly!
When did you start writing? When did you start publishing?
When haven’t I been writing? I remember writing Star Wars fanfiction when I was 9, and I haven’t stopped since (writing, not writing fanfiction for Star Wars). I published my first novella, Embracing Her Wolf, in October of 2011.
Has there been a progression through genres in your writing?
Oh, definitely, although it seems like I am writing every genre sometimes. I write what I want to read, and that is a wide variety of genres. It’s whichever book is shouting loudest to me at the moment.
What authors do you like to read?
I love so many authors, it’s hard to narrow it down, but I’ll try. Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, Brian Jacques, Amy Bartol, and so many wonderful indie authors, including all of my Blazing Indie Collective authors!
You have something coming out very soon. Tell me about that.
How to be a Mermaid is about a teenaged girl name Tara who takes a year off between high school and college to be a professional mermaid, meaning she dons a mermaid tail and does a water ballet. It’s all going well until she meets a real merman and a dolphin who needs her help. There’s a bit of romance, a bit of adventure, and a whole lot of mermaid fantasy.
All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.
So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.
Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare — she’s turning into a mermaid herself. For real.
Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it’s sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.
ORDER IT! You know you want to.
“What is this?” a rough, intense voice demanded.
I swam out of unconsciousness, an uncomfortable experience that revealed my entire body aching, my head most of all. It was so dark, and a strange feeling had overtaken my body. Like I was floating. I tried touching a hand to my head, only to find that I couldn’t.
My hands were tied behind my back with what felt like…kelp?
The realization hit me and I thrashed about trying to free myself, and I finally opened my eyes.
I paused for a moment, unable to grasp exactly where I was.
Air bubbles popped out of my mouth in a flurry when a scream escaped my throat. A thousand thoughts filled my head, none of them making sense except for the overwhelming dread that I was somehow underwater with my hands tied behind my back. From what I could tell, there was no way I could get air to breathe. I’d lost a lot of air when I screamed.
Oh my god, I was going to drown.
My mermaid necklace was thrust in front of my vision, momentarily disorienting me.
“What is this? I demand you to tell me now!”
“What?” I asked out loud. A sharp pain zigzagged across my head from where I’d hit it on the rock. I was trapped underwater and this man wanted to know…what exactly? What my necklace was?
The necklace came even closer to my face, so much that I’d have to go cross-eyed in order to focus on it.
“Where did you get this? What is it?” the man demanded.
“It’s my…” I was unsure and still terrified of my situation. “It’s my necklace.”
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.
She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.
From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.
Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.
The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)
Scales by Pauline Creeden
Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak
Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger
Deep Breath by J. M. Miller
At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells
The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone
How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens
The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant
Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley
A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin
Immersed by Katie Hayoz
Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins
To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci
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