I've had the opportunity to meet lots of other indie authors and one of the things I love most about them is the willingness to help out a fellow writer. Meet Sarah Daley, a talented author working on a mermaid series that is both unique and fun! She has graciously donated a digital copy of her novella Drowning Sandy for the release party of Prince Charming's Quest.
Welcome, Sarah! Tell us a little about yourself.
I have no clue where to begin with this question. Hahahaha! I’m a mother, wife, aunt, and daughter. My family is super important to me, which is why I’m so slow getting my books out. I love to camp, bake, read, and paint. I’ve been a total book nerd for as long as I can remember, and it is truly realizing one of my biggest dreams to have Drowning Sandy published.
I think you and I need to get together! Those are some of my favorite activities. What inspired you to become a writer?
This may sound kind of weird, but I was inspired to write by the books I’ve read. I read for the escape from reality, and the magnificent worlds they’ve created inspire my imagination. It just made sense to start writing down the ideas and dreams that kept invading my thoughts.
Reading and writing do seem to go hand-in-hand. When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to spend time with my family. My husband has a very difficult schedule, so when ever we can we do something fun with our 5 year old that is what I enjoy most. When that’s not possible, I love to either read to my son or paint.
Family time is precious. Who is your favorite author?
This is an impossible question to answer. I have sooooooo many favorite authors! I’d say my recently discovered new favorite authors would have to be C J Hill, Joyce Di Pastena, and Jennifer Griffeth.
Tell us about the books you write.
I write a little bit of everything. While Drowning Sandy is the only thing I’ve managed to finish, I have an LDS Perspective Historical Fiction that I’m currently undergoing edits for a potential publisher, I have a Contemporary Paranormal that I’m hoping to have done by the end of the year, and loads of other ideas just waiting for the chance to be paid attention too.
I'll have to keep watching. Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?
My blog is the best place. I frequently post promos and reviews for clean reads on the home page, but you can keep tabs on what’s coming out here: http://semishort.blogspot.com/p/books-by-s-e-daley.html
Tell us a little about Drowning Sandy.
Well, Drowning Sandy is all about a half mermaid who makes one tiny mistake that will effect the rest of her life.
What was your inspiration for this story?
Growing up only a few miles from Lake Ontario, we spent most of our summers either out on the lake, or along the shore. For a few years my dad owned a small sail boat. My favorite part of sailing around Lake Ontario, was sitting on the edge of the boat, my feet dangling in the water. The water isn’t super clear, so only a few feet down all you can see are the shadows of fish. I used to imagine what it’d be like if there were mermaids in the lake, fantasizing that some of those shadows were tail flicks from mermaids or mermen who’d swum to close to the surface. So when I was invited to contribute to a summer/beach themed compilation it was the only thing I could think of.
I have a little girl who likes to imagine that same thing. I don't think I've ever seen a mermaid story that took place in a lake rather than the ocean before. How did that decision come about?
We all know about the ocean mermaids. It’s the lake ones who have managed to hide the longest.
Tell us a bit about the world your mermaids live in. There are a lot of interesting technologies mentioned.
I’m not sure which came first, ocean mermaids or lake mermaids, but either way they’ve been around for centuries. I think I’m still learning about the fascinating city of Ario. Bioluminescent bacteria are their main source of light, and a special waterproof film is used to waterproof the few modern land-lubber things they want to bring into the lake. Like phones, books, and pretty much anything else they want too. The issue there is not upsetting the council.
Oh, yes, the council is a little scary. What kind of research did you do?
I’ve read lots of mermaid books over the years. The most recent, and my current absolute favorite would be the Avenging series by Holly Kelly.
I was just about to ask that. Do you have a favorite book within that series?
Oops. Guess I got a head of myself there. I think the second book in the Avenging Series is my favorite. Descending.
The characters in this book are so easy to love and relate to. Was one of them your favorite to write? (We won't tell the others.)
Dylan. Hands down, I LOVED writing Dylan. Though I bet Sandy knew that.
He is a fun character. I absolutely loved your description of Sandy's parade. What was your favorite scene to write?
The very beginning. It was so much fun writing her transformation. Imagining it, and wishing I could grow a fin myself.
The beginning is great. Like many good books, this one ends too soon! Are there plans for another and if so, when will it be available?
The hope is that this is just a prequel to a super awesome series of books featuring funny little romances stories based in the Lake Ontario/ Pulaski, NY area with a sprinkle of fantasy. It’d be a ripple effect type of series. Mermaids, to fairies, maybe some brownies, definitely will have to have some trolls, and who knows what other fantastic creatures may pop in.
Where can readers go to order Drowning Sandy?
Drowning Sandy is available in most stores, though the only way to get it in paperback is through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Thank you for joining us today! And thank you for offering a digital copy of Drowning Sandy for the giveaways during my release party on the 31st. Good luck in your writing!
Sarah Daley lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.
At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.
Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!
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Or contact her at SEDaley22@gmail.com
Jessica L. Elliott
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