Submerge (Mer Chronicles, #2)
by Tobie Easton
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.
The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.
~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Tobie Easton~
1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?
The idea for Emerge came to me while I was swimming laps (seriously!). As a kid, every time I went swimming, I pretended to be a mermaid. I was remembering that while I was swimming laps, and I started to wonder what life would be like for mermaids who lived on land. That’s when my brain started spinning the story for what would become Emerge, and eventually, the rest of the Mer Chronicles series.
Once I had decided to tell that story of mermaids on land, I couldn’t help thinking about the original version of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, particularly the part that’s generally left out of more modern versions—that the Little Mermaid chose to die at the end instead of killing the prince and saving herself (yep, it’s a dark story!). I began to imagine what the consequences of that action might have been for modern mermaids.
2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?
I want each reader to make up their own mind about what the themes of the story are to them. I will say, one important element of the book is its moral ambiguity, which is something we all have to learn to cope with more as we grow older. Also, Book 1 was very much about learning when to break rules, and Book 2, as an extension of that, focuses more on the personal consequences of breaking those rules and how your sense of yourself evolves as you grow up. Book 3, which I’m writing now, is about making your own rules. Anything deeper is entirely up to the reader.
3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?
All my characters have at least some small piece of me (which I think is how I connect to each one of them and find their voices). Lia, the protagonist, is a lot like I was in high school in terms of the way she thinks and how she expresses herself. Her oldest sister Emeraldine is a lot like I am now. Both consider love invaluable. I also really relate to Caspian’s love of learning. And I wish I were as cool and witty as Lia’s twin sisters, Lapis and Lazuli. The only character who is very similar to someone in real life is Lia’s dad, who is a lot like mine.
4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?
Most definitely my mom. She’s the one who instilled in me a deep love of words. She also gave me the confidence in myself that you need as a writer because the publishing industry can be hard and entails a lot of rejection. My mom’s influence is very present throughout the series because she raised me to question fairy tales as well as to love them.
5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?
Wow. What a fantastic question! My answer definitely involves Professor Snape and a game of Pretty Pretty Princess! You know, the one where you have to put on all the plastic jewellery in the same color to win? I loved that game as a kid, and I can just picture Snape glowering in one of those colourful plastic necklaces with matching earrings.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.
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