I’ve loved mermaids since I was three years old and my dad brought me home a VHS copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. I fell in love with the story the first time I saw it and then tortured my parents for the next three years by watching the movie at least once every single day. Seriously. When we moved to California when I was six, I fell in love with the ocean and all things in it (except sharks, which I have a terrible fear of) and when I first learned of selkies many years later (from a Nora Roberts novel, actually) I became just as fascinated with them. So when I told my agent I wanted to write a YA and she answered with, “How do you feel about mermaids …” I couldn’t resist. Tempest Rising is the book I’ve always wanted to write.
Can you give us three words to describe your main character, Tempest?
Confused, powerful, determined
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see parts of myself in most of my characters. In Tempest, I see my love of the sea and my stubbornness—I have a hard time giving up on something once I’ve started it. In Mark, there’s my overwhelming love and concern for the people I care for most (my oldest son says I can be a little smothering, lol). In Kai (who is named Kona in the final book, btw) I see my sense of humor and drive for adventure. I love doing new things, exploring new places.
Was there any particular character that you enjoyed writing the most?
Honestly, Tempest. At that point, I had never written a first person narrator before and I was a little scared of it. But Tempest’s voice just came into my head one day and wouldn’t leave. I had a great time writing all her ups and downs.
Just as Tempest feels a pull to the water and loves to surf, is there anything you feel a pull towards and love to do?
Besides shopping? Actually, I fell in love with the ocean when I moved to California when I was six. I learned to surf (I’m no Tempest, but I can mostly stay on my board), and spent as much time at the beach as I possibly could. The only other thing I’ve ever felt such a strong pull towards is writing? I’ve been putting words on paper since I understood that combining words could tell a story. I can’t imagine my life as anything but a writer.
Did you have a playlist while writing Tempest Rising? If so, could you name a few of the songs?
I did have a playlist. Usually, when I write, I listen to 90s alternative and hard rock, but Tempest seemed to call for something a little different.
Dirty Little Secret—The All-American Rejects
Fader—The Temper Trap
Crash Into Me—The Dave Matthews Band
Soul to Squeeze—Red Hot Chili Peppers
Please Don’t Leave Me—Pink
Don’t Speak—No Doubt
Kings and Queens—30 Seconds to Mars
Something Beautiful—Need to Breathe
I Can’t Stay—The Killers
I Will Follow You Into the Dark—Death Cab for Cutie
I love so many of these songs! Especially AAR!
Are there any other writing projects that you are currently working on?
Yes, there are J Two of my closest writing friends and I just finished The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams (our pen name) about four small-town girls who become international exchange students in search of life, love and Facebook fame. They start a Facebook page, called The International Kissing Club, and tally points for kisses. It hits shelves in January 2012. Right now, I am writing my next Tracy Deebs YA, a book tentatively titled Zero Day. It’s a modern retelling of the Pandora myth, except instead of opening a box, Pandora opens an attachment and brings about technological Armageddon. It’s due to hit shelves in Fall 2012.
Oh my goodness a Pandora retelling!? I can't wait!
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