The original story was sad, but I was intrigued by the vague details that left so much up to interpretation. I loved the idea so much I just knew I had to write the continuation of this story to share it with other mermaid fans.
I decided to publish with Outskirts Press, one of the highest rated self-published companies I could find on the internet.
I would definitely say the hardest part of writing for me is the editing. I love to write the story first, sitting in my recliner with a cup of coffee. But I hate when I have to go type it up, add more details, and check for mistakes, all at the same time! It's easy to catch them reading something for the first time but once you've read it for the hundredth time the words just blur together.
Mystic Tides is a Young Adult Fiction Series that takes place in modern times -- 200 years after “The Little Mermaid” storyline. The story is told from Aden’s point of view, who left Alaska in a drastic move to a small town in Florida. Once there, he meets the mesmerizing Kailani.
I am a big believer that rejection is meant for your own protection. I try to remind myself of this. I wanted to add underlying messages of ocean conservation and religious tolerance toward others. Unfortunately, I had a few conservative "friends" who will no longer have anything to do with me because of this. It makes me sad but in the world we live in today, I felt it was an important lesson to teach the younger generation.
What has surprised you the most in writing/publishing?
This best writing advice I've received is to write with your heart. The best advice I can give is don't let fear of judgment stop you from your dreams. If you have a story to tell, tell it. You'll never be everyone's cup of tea and that's OK.
I am currently working on Mystic Tides: The Siren's Curse (Book #2) I hope to release it by next summer. I can't say too much without spoiling the secrets of the 'Mystic Tides' but be prepared to dive deeper into the depths of the world's oceans and meet another one of “The Little Mermaid's” sisters as well as a few more mythical and interesting characters.