I've got so much planned for this it's not even funny! I'm going to try and get five reviews done with, read at least two or three books, record my booktube video, and write a few other blog posts I have planned! Should be fun! :)
Now, when I put together this blogiversary bash, I never would have thought I would have been able to have this special author on my blog. Her books are one of the first books that got me into reading and it is such an HONOR to have her on the blog today. So without further due, please help me welcome the lovely Tera Lynn Childs! Don't forget to show her some love in the comments below and enter the giveaway! :)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: May 19th, 2010
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Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but for Lily Sanderson, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily has a secret, and it’s not her huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid—she’s a Thalassinian princess. When she discovered three years ago that her mother was actually a human, Lily finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been going to Seaview High ever since. Living on land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type—when they bond, it’s for life.
When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.
Hi Tera! I am so happy to have you stop by the blog today! Before we get the interview started, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi Talina! Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your celebration! About me? Hmmm… I’m the author of several book series for young adults, including Oh. My. Gods., Forgive My Fins, Sweet Venom, and Darkly Fae. I’ve also written a fun chick lit romance series and am co-writing the Hero Agenda series, starting with Powerless, with Tracy Deebs. I currently live in Las Vegas and I spend my time writing wherever I can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.
1. What gave you the idea to write the Forgive My Fins series? Was it a long time idea or did it just come to you randomly?
Both, actually. I’ve been a lifelong mermaid lover, from the Sea Wees bath toys I had when I was little to the movie Splash to my time as a competitive swimmer. I’m a water baby, and becoming a mermaid was a natural dream. Fast forward to the summer of 2006 when I was spending a month at my family’s condo in Florida. I was sitting on the beach one day, staring out over the water, and wishing a merman could walk out of the Gulf and give me magical mermaid powers with a kiss. Sadly, that didn’t happen in real life, but it became the seeds of Forgive My Fins.
2. What was the most difficult part in writing it?
For me, the most difficult part of any book is the first draft. I love the brainstorming, thinking-about-it phase, when everything still seems like it’s going to flow like water and come out perfect on the first try. And I love the revision process, when I’m actually taking the mess I wrote and making it into the story I always wanted it to be. But that part in between… the actually sitting down every day and putting words on the page. That’s pretty much torture.
3. Are there any parts in the book that you feel particularly close to? If so, what would it be?
My favorite moment (besides the kiss in the library, obviously) is the scene on the beach when Lily is explaining to Quince that she’s a mermaid. She uses the coquina shells that seem to come in and leave with the tide, but are actually burying themselves in the sand, hidden there the entire time, to explain about her hidden kingdom. I can still remember the afternoon I was sitting on the beach, watching those shells and realizing what was going on. It was a huge revelation for me, and I love that I got to use that in the book for Lily’s big revelation to Quince.
4. During the cover design process (I bet that’s always the fun part!) where you able to voice what you wanted/pictured?
My publisher asked me for any ideas, but honestly I didn’t have a dream cover in mind. The closest I came to an image was the movie poster for Aquamarine. But what they came up with was so much better. There were a couple of problems with early drafts (weird flaky skin and even my name spelled wrong), but overall the cover didn’t change and I think it’s just dreamy.
5. Do you have any upcoming projects? If so, can you let us in on a sneak peak?
I’m juggling a few big things at the moment. I’ve just turned in the first book in the Creative heArts series, a 12 book series (!) that I’m writing with three other authors. Right now Tracy and I are working on Relentless, the second book in the Hero Agenda series. And next up is the third installment in the Darkly Fae series, which will be out this Fall.
What a fun interview! Thank you once again Tera for stopping by and congratulations on your amazing series! Don’t forget to check out Tera’s latest novel, POWERLESS!
Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy.
She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.
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