New Release! Son of a Mermaid by Katie O’Sullivan Interview

Today I have Katie O’Sullivan on my blog and am interviewing her about her new release, Son of a Mermaid which is out today!

1. Are you a reader? How many books a year do you read?

I’m a voracious reader, and try to read a book a week. Sometimes it’s more… I read six books during our week in Mexico, 3 in paperback and 3 ebook novels. This week I’ll be lucky to finish one. Okay, I already finished one. And a novella. But I’ll be lucky to start another.

2. Favorite genre to read? To write?

I’m pretty much omnivorous, but I’ve enjoyed a lot of great YA lately, and found that I really enjoy writing it as well. Son of a Mermaid is my first YA book, and it’s definitely my most favorite book I’ve written.

3. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?

Hmmm… my iPad loaded up with tons of both nook and Kindle books (I love that it does both!), an endless supply of coffee beans, and a water purifier/coffee maker so I could make and drink said coffee. (Have they invented one of those yet? They should!)

5. Paper or Plastic? (book or eReader)

Both. I love my nook and my iPad Kindle app, but I also like the feel of a new book cracking open for the first time. I’m so excited that my book will be released in both formats!

6. Plotter or Pantster?

Pantser, for the most part. I usually have a basic idea of a story arc, but am never quite sure how the characters are going to get from A to B until it happens on the page.

7. What advice would you give someone who wanted to be a writer?

Write. As much as you can, as often as you can. Keep writing. And don’t worry about what’s “hot” in the market. Write what you love, what you are passionate about.

8. What are you reading now?

On my iPad right now I’m reading The Grave Winner, by Lindsey Loucks. It’s a truly unique idea for a YA story.

9. Do you re-read books? If so, what book have you read the most?

Oh, I used to do this a lot! I reread the Lord of the Rings trilogy at least a half-dozen times if not more. There are some Jennifer Crusie books I used to reread at the start of every summer, like a ritual to get in the mood for beach books.
Now there’s not as much reading time, so I try to stick to books from my TBR list… but some books beg to be reread, don’t they? I’ve read all of the books in the “I am Number Four” series at least two or three times. And all of Harry Potter at least three times. And Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series a few times. And the Hunger Games series. And a few of the True Blood books by Charlaine Harris.
Okay… I guess I’m still a serial re-reader 😉

10. What is the closest book to you right now?

My daughter is currently obsessed with John Green and plunked his The Fault in Our Stars on my desk so I’d read it next. It’s now next on my list by default!

Thanks Katie! Now here’s a bit about Katie’s book that’s out today!


SON OF A MERMAID, by Katie O’Sullivan

Published May 2013 by Crescent Moon Press
YA fantasy romance

Book Blurb

Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated.

After a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, the fifteen-year-old orphan moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he’s never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes his life forever.

Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders. The daughter of royal servants, she knows the planned marriage of her Princess to the foreign King should put an end to the war between the clans. Two things stand in the way of lasting peace: an ambitious Regent and rumors of a half-human child who will save the oceans.

Sparks fly when she meets Shea, but could the cute drylander really be the Son of a Mermaid?


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About the Author:

Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. She writes YA and romantic suspense novels, and works as an editor making other people’s words sparkle. For the last four years, she’s been the Editor of magazine and writes a column entitled “The Write Way.”

She hopes her debut YA novel, SON OF A MERMAID, will make a big splash this summer, engaging young readers with a Cape Cod tale of a boy who discovers both his roots and his destiny far below the waters of Nantucket Sound.

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