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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Blog Tour: OF POSEIDON - Anna Banks (Guest Post)


Of PoseidonTitle: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Release Date: May 22nd 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Blog Tour: Guest Post (WHY MERMAIDS?)

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.
By  debut YA author Anna Banks 

Why Mermaids—Ahem, Syrena?

Why did I choose to write about mermaids? The short answer: Because I didn’t think the market was ready for a YA Sasquatch romance. (Don’t think I won’t write one either. I would be “that person”.)

The long answer is: Since the market isn’t ready for a YA Sasquatch romance, I almost hurt myself trying to figure out what the market was ready for. There were angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies, and even trolls. And none of those were my thing, and even if they were, I didn’t feel I could bring anything new to the table for those categories because let’s face it, some of them were done very very super duper well. Sometimes you have to know when to say “Uncle”, ya know?

Then one day I’m home sick from the day job and I’m curled up on the couch watching this documentary on how they recently discovered the colossal squid. I’m talking the monster squid that you see depicted in ye olde world drawings with giant tentacles wrapped around a poor innocent ship’s cannons:

Yeah. They found a complete one-of-those-things in 2003. Did you hear what I said??? 2003! So up until 2003, most scientists were skeptical of this creature’s actual existence. They thought it was a silly myth.

Which got my pitiful, flu-infested mind thinking. What else could be out there? What if all those rotten-toothed smelly fishermen actually saw mermaids too? Even Christopher Columbus claimed to have seen three mermaids. Christopher Columbus was a smart guy. He found a giant land mass, after all. He must have seen mermaids. He wouldn’t lie.

So, mermaids it was. Oh, but not just any mermaids. They had to be Syrena (you know, the Polish word for mermaids because that’s way cooler). And they had to be real. Scientifically feasible, at the very least. No magic. No spells. Only fact and possibility and mystery.

That’s when I set out to “create” a mermaid that could actually exist.

And so, OF POSEIDON was born. Well, it was written and then rewritten and then edited and then revised and then edited and then I spilled coffee on it. And then, OF POSEIDON was born!

BIG THANK YOU TO MACMILLAN PUBLISHING - for letting me take part in the blog tour! Guys, Of Poseidon came out 22nd May and it's the best mermaid ahem syrena book I've read! :D GO BUY IT NOW! Also, have you read MY review?


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