- What inspired you to write this book?
Caltha is a secondary, but important, character in my first and second books, A Merman’s Choice and Music for a Merman (each book in the Sea of Love series is a standalone story featuring a different couple). She is a feisty mermaid, who is the leader of all the mermen Clans. She helps the heroes and heroines of the first two books achieve their happily ever after, so I always wanted to tell her story. But I struggled to think of a man or merman who would be a match for her… until the idea came to me that he could be a powerful warlock.
- What can we expect from you in the future?
I have just had two short stories accepted by my publisher. The first, “The Holiday Mermaid,” is a Christmas fantasy romance featuring a mermaid and a shape shifting unicorn. It will be out in October in the “second chance at love” Desire Me Again anthology by BVS. The second story is a sci-fi tale, “Space Cowboy Blues,” which will be out in February next year in an anthology of cowboy romance stories by BVS. Saddle up, it’s going to be quite the ride!
- Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Jonty is a warlock who became overconfident about his magical skills, and as a result the woman he loved was killed. He has lived with the guilt for 18 months. When he meets Caltha, he has renounced magic. She has to convince him to be a warlock again so they can accomplish their mission, which is to capture a water monster, an afanc, who is threatening to flood London.
- Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Mermaids Marry in Green?
Caltha is feisty, tough and brave, an experienced and fierce fighter used to holding her own against the warriors of her Clan. But she still mourns the death of her parents, and feels she is living in the shadow of her mother. She keeps putting the welfare of her people above her own physical and emotional needs… until Jonty makes her see that she has a right to be loved and happy. She is sensual and caring, determined to protect those she loves at any cost, whatever their species.
Jonty is loyal, caring and brave. When he was younger, he was one the best warlocks in England. His success at hunting magical creatures made him over-confident. He took on a trio of hags to impress the woman he loved. His defeat and her death scarred him deeply. He is still wrestling with his guilt when he meets Caltha. His physical attraction to her very soon turns into something deeper, and he realizes that he must let go of the past and forgive himself for his error, if he is to find love and happiness. He pushes Caltha away to protect her, but once the war is over, he knows that he cannot live without her.
- What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Caltha is my feistiest female character so far, a proper little warrior. I enjoyed writing her. I also enjoyed showing the magic of the warlocks, the spells and the fighting. Finally the book is my first story set in London, my city, and I loved describing it. It has its own particular brand of magic.
- Who designed your book covers?
Jessica Greeley at Black Velvet Seductions. I think the cover of Mermaids Marry in Green is my favourite so far!
- Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Every book in the series is a standalone story which features a different couple. You can read each book independently – or read them all and enjoy seeing how the world of the mermen develops.
- How did you come up with the name of this book?
It stemmed from a sentence that Yann, the hero of my first book A Merman’s Choice, says to his human love Alex: “Mermaids marry in green.” I thought it would make a great title.
- What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The fight scene between Caltha, Jonty, and Jonty’s friend Ariel, and the hags, towards the end of the book. I had great fun with the hags and the spells.
- Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They are mostly from my imagination, though I do like to give baddies the names of real people I don’t like! Rob, the hero of my second book Music for a Merman, is a shape shifting merman and a cop. I was inspired by the riot policemen in my hometown in France, who double up as lifeguards in the summer. I was tickled by the thought of cops rescuing someone in the morning and arresting protesters in the afternoon.
- Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
It is an exciting urban fantasy romance with great characters and a sizzling love story at its core. And magic. And a knife-wielding mermaid. And super-sexy warlocks!
- What did you edit out of this book?
Some of Caltha’s dreams. They were too similar to those of the heroine in the second book, Music for a Merman. I kept only two of the dreams, because they were important to the story of Caltha’s budding relationship with Jonty.