This past Monday was my first ever character chat and I think it's safe to say everyone had a great time. Nerissa sure did! And she's here with me again to fill in those questions she missed and reminded me to include the ones she got in case some of you missed seeing them. So without further ado, here she is!
Welcome to my blog Nerissa.
Thank you! I'm so very excited to be here.
So, we're going to recap the questions asked during the event first and then move on to some new questions, all right?
(Julie)How do you travel between different bodies of water?
Well, the oceans are pretty easy to travel between. There aren't exactly fences or anything like that. But, in order to visit places that are more inland I have to find submerged caverns or tunnels from old lava flows. There's a lovely one that leads straight to King Lysander's garden lake. I visit that one a lot. Lorelei has the hardest time traveling as there's nothing for her to go through to reach Charming Academy. Poor dear has to be subjected to some very difficult fairy magic. Probably why she only comes back to visit every five years.
(Julie)When I'm in the water for any extended period of time my skin shrivels up. How do Mermaids keep from getting all pruney?
That sounds like a question my sister could answer. I'm not all that scientifically minded. But I do know that we have a certain chemical (is that the right word?) in our skin that keeps it smooth and beautiful. Of course, humans who have transformed into merpeople have a tough time of it for the first couple of weeks. Poor Gerald...
Ahem. *shakes head firmly*
Oh drat. I think I "spoiled" something...
(Julie)I recently read this article about a Mermaid School. What do you think about Humans impersonating Mermaid?
Oh now that could be a lot of fun. I think humans impersonating mermaids is rather amusing personally. Just put on fins that look like a tail? There's really a lot more to being a mermaid than just swimming. But, that would be a fun way for humans to experience a little of our world. Of course, if there's a young man out there who wants to make a permanent switch, I could help him out.
(Peggy)Should a child tell someone if they run into a mermaid playing in the waves?
I suppose that depends on who they're going to tell. Mermaids tend to be a little on the shy side, we don't like too many people knowing where we're at. I suppose in part because some people are rather like sharks on land. But if a child saw me playing in the waves, I wouldn't mind so much if they told a person they trusted. To add to this from the last visit, if a child sees something or someone that makes them uncomfortable, they should always tell a trusted adult. Being safe is important for everyone.
(Brianna)So why do you have to take humans? Are there no mermen born?
Well, there are mermen born. I have six brothers, after all. But mermen are notoriously picky when it comes to choosing a mate. And humans tend to fall in love a little easier. That's what makes fairy stories so grand! And to be perfectly honest, mermaids tend to be a little flirtatious. Okay, maybe a lot flirtatious. There's something incredible about watching someone make the change from human to mermaid (or merman). You just don't hear very many stories about mermen taking humans. Although I do know...
Ahem. *shakes head again*
*slaps water with tail* Is there anything I can say? Apparently that story is for another day. *pouts*
Which books can readers find you in?
Well, it should have been all of them. I'm very interesting.
Of course, I'm a mermaid! Alas, I'm only in three of the books. Finding Prince Charming is the one I make my debut in and have an important role in the story. I also appear in The Ultimate Prince Charming and in Prince Charming's Quest. I've been told there will be a story written just for me, but I have to wait my turn. *pouts*
Do you have anything else you'd like to tell readers before you go?
Am I allowed to?
*rolls eyes* So touchy. Most of the things I'd love to say are on the top-secret list, but I can say that Celesta is getting very excited for her story, Leaving Shenivarthol, to come out. Jessica has been working very hard on it and is hoping to release it in July following the release of To Keep a Star which should be end of June, early July if she can stay on schedule.
On that note, I think we'll say goodbye. Thanks for visiting with us, Nerissa. Will you be around to answer questions in the comments?
Certainly! Bye everyone! *splashes into the water*
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Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius