But first, here is a little bit about her and her writing:
1. So, Derrolyn, tell us 5 random things about yourself.
- I am the mother three daughters, two of whom are twins.
- I have two cats, three chickens and four really big, fat koi fish.
- I was named after the “Cornhusker Queen” of the University of Nebraska.
- I’m never without a little yellow legal pad and a fine point Sharpie.
- I’m addicted to coffee (I think I mention it too much in my writing!) and chewing ice (whatever that means!).
When I was a girl, I used to love reading James Michener’s epic novels: Hawaii, The Covenant, Centennial, etc. I came back to reading through my girl’s books, starting with Harry Potter, naturally.
3. Do you write linear or do you jump back and forth?
I start out pretty linearly, although being a pantser, sometimes a plot twist has me going back in to change things.
4. What kind of research did you have to do for "Marina's Tales", if any?
A little bit about everything! My hat is off to people who wrote before the word processor – and I can’t even imagine how difficult research must have been without the Internet.
5. What do Marina and Ethan think of you? Would they want to hang out with you, their creator?
We could all go surfing if they were willing to stick to the bunny waves. Otherwise, I’ll go out to lunch with Evie while they take on the really big surf!
6. I loved the names of the mermaids, especially Lorelei! How did you come about naming your characters?
I always loved Ethan as a great boy-name, Marina seemed like a natural choice, and Lorelei sounds beautiful to me. I named Cruz after Santa Cruz, and Abby after the sweet, beautiful golden Labrador that lives next door. My husband came up with Dutch from a character in a movie he was watching when I asked him for a fisherman’s name. True story: I later ran into a man with a male golden lab named Dutch–I guess Abby and Dutch were meant to be a couple!!! Cue Twilight Zone music…
7. If your books were made into movies, who do you picture playing your characters?
Ooh, that’s a toughie – Hotness is so subjective! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone by putting a face to them!
8. I have seen some of your art, and your paintings are beautiful (some of her paintings)! The covers of your books are absolutely gorgeous as well! Did you get someone to do the cover art for you, or was that all you?
Why, thank you! I did my own covers by buying some stock photography and messing around with Photoshop. Except for book #3 – That’s my daughter, photographed by her twin. I’ve had some comments that it doesn’t seem to match well with the other three, but I have a sentimental attachment to it. Plus, I think it’s probably the moodiest and least literal of the three. I’ve been looking closely at a lot of covers lately, trying to determine what constitutes an interesting one... hopefully my next cover will be a real eye-catcher!
9. I'm a bit sad that Marina's Tales are over :( But I'm assuming you have more writing ahead of you, right? Can you tell us anything about any upcoming books you might be working on now or in the near future?
Yes, I’m excited to get started on my next book! I have a MC in mind with an unusual type of synesthesia, and a whole new cast of characters is already starting to populate my head. It might be fun to revisit the Marina’s Tales’ gang someday and see how everything turned out; perhaps a story from Nixie’s POV is in order.
10. And now for a totally random question: if you were stranded on an island, what items would you bring with you (apart from food, water, and clothes)?
Is there Internet access on said island? If not, a fully loaded Kindle/Nook with some kinda solar device to recharge it.
11. Is there anything else that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Yes – Please consider trying out the free copy of book #1 and letting me know how you like it on Goodreads! Friend me while you’re at it!
~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~
And now for the FREE e-book copy of Between the Land and the Sea!!!! Let's see what the book is about (I have read it already and it's great! Check out my review!):
Here is what you have to do to get a free download (any e-book format):
- Go to Smashwords and add Between the Land and the Sea to your cart. (You must have an account on Smashwords...if you don't, then just make one! Its totally free and quite easy to do!)
- At the check out enter the coupon code # FM28V where it indicates to do so, then click Update.
- After you see that the coupon has been applied and you can get the book for free, you click on Checkout, and Voilà! You just go back to the page and choose whatever format you want! (The code is good until Jan. 1st, 2013)
I also want to thank Derrolyn for taking the time to stop by on my blog today!