{Guest Post/Giveaway} "Why I Write About Mermaids" by Author Debbie Herbert

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I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I'm not lost in Edit Land you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don't have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you'll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage, be sure to bring candy for the mermaids.  

 "Why I Write About Mermaids" 
by Debbie Herbert


Several years ago I had a dream.  It started out wonderfully.  I was swimming undersea, enjoying the liquid caress of it and the freedom of effortlessly sliding through a gorgeous universe.
And, as dreams often go, it morphed into a nightmare.  My curiosity was drawn to a man on a boat near the surface.  He threw something overboard and I swam over to see what it was.  My head lifted above water and he saw me.  There was an evil intensity in his eyes and I knew that he’d disposed of a dead body.
I woke up.
As writers do, I immediately mined the dream as a possible novel and asked dozens of what if questions.  Thus began my mermaid trilogy eventually published by Harlequin.
Why mermaids?
I’ve always found them fascinating and have dreamt of them many times over the years.  There’s something primal, wild, and free about these women.  I view them as archetypes of feminine beauty and power.  Even as a child at the beach I would gaze at the waves and vastness of the sea, convinced it was full of mystery and beauty.  I wanted to believe in magical possibilities and I’ve never outgrown this desire.
Besides, who wouldn’t want to be an enchanting siren spending her days frolicking in white-tipped waves and swimming with dolphins?
A worldwide fascination
As it turns out, I’m far from being the only person in love with mermaid mythology.  Stories of them have existed since humans first gathered in communities.

Fascination with mermaids has endured from ancient civilizations.  Stone Age cave paintings from 30,000 years ago are the oldest known depiction of magical creatures with female torsos and fish-like trunks.  Most ancient cultures, especially those by the sea, had stories and drawings of female water goddesses and mermaids.  The belief spanned all parts of the globe from Japan, the Mediterranean, India, Africa and Inuit and Polynesian cultures. According to writer Doreen Virtue in her book Mermaids 101, even Christianity’s Mother Mary is known as the “Star of the Sea” and has a connection to water.
Why the feminine connection to merfolk?
Which led me to wonder: why the popularity of mermaids and not mermen? 
After researching, the reason that makes the most sense to me is because water symbolically represents the feminine.  Water symbolizes deep emotions, intuition and the subconscious.
The ocean can be calm and peaceful or it may unpredictably erupt into crashing tsunamis.  As creatures of the sea, mermaids were seen as powerful, alluring sirens that sailors were in danger of becoming enchanted by, just as they were at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Recent Phenomenon
“Are mermaids real?  No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July 2102
This statement, by a tax-funded government agency no less, was issued in response to a ‘mocumentary’ by The Animal Plant Network.  Their show, Mermaids: the Body Found, was the most successful one in its history and has been rebroadcast many times.

And in March, 2012 USA Today reported that the publishing industry will soon be releasing a large number of books about mermaids, particularly in the Young Adult category.  The article speculated that ‘Mermaids might be the New Vampires’.
I cannot wait to read each and every one of the many new books being published. 
Related to mermaids is the mythology of the lost undersea kingdom of Atlantis.  Again, the notion of aquatic beings with an advanced civilization fills me with a sense of awed fascination.  It’s so much fun to wonder what if and let my imagination roam. Perhaps that will be another book one day.
Your turn
Does the idea of mermaids intrigue you?   Why?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.
To find out more about Debbie and her books visit www.debbieherbert.com, read a sample of SIREN’S SECRET at http://goo.gl/cdgxFT or SIREN’S TREASURE at http://goo.gl/ymsQdL or connect with her on social media.
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Author: Tiffany Daune
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Jester Ink Press
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Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.


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