I had the chance to interview Hélène Boudreau recently, author of the wildly imaginative and popular Real Mermaids series. Book 3, Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels is hitting stores today, February 1! Be sure to check this series out!
Why mermaids? What is it about them that prompted you to write a series around them?
I have two daughters and one day we were talking about phobias. I have a fear of heights so we were laughing about how funny an acrophobic bird would be, or an arachnophobic spider, or an aquaphobic fish…which led to a silly discussion about aquaphobic mermaids. That was it! The idea stuck. Hemaphobic vampires just didn’t seem as funny.
The other thing that attracted me to mermaids is that I grew up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. My dad has a lobster boat and he used to take us on sailing trips from the ocean, through a canal, and into a fresh water lake. I was always amazed by the purple jelly fish on the salt water side of the lock and the white jellyfish on the fresh water side and often wondered what else was happening in those watery depths. That area of Nova Scotia, Canada was the inspiration for the setting of my mer-world.
Who is your favorite character to write about in the Real Mermaids series?
Some of my favorite scenes to write were the ones between my main character, Jade, and her dad. Jade’s dad is a mixture of nerdy and affable; your all around adorkable good guy who means well even though he sometimes may get things farcically wrong—especially where his puberty-addled/ newly-betailed daughter is concerned.
Other than your series, what is your favorite mermaid story?
I love Liz Kessler’s EMILY WINDSNAP series and actually mention it in
REAL MERMAIDS DON’T NEED HIGH HEELS.
Your idea of the perfect vacation is:
Anywhere near water! There’s actually an underwater hotel in the Maldives that looks pretty amazing.
What books are you most looking forward to in 2013?
There are so many! Jodi Meadow’s second book in the Incarnate trilogy, ASUNDER, Anna Staniszewski’s MY EPIC FAIRYTALE FAIL and lots more.
What do you use as inspiration when you’re writing?
Lots of people love to listen to music when they write but I find that really distracting. Since I get some of my best ideas in the shower, I got the idea to listen to a soundtrack of rain or flowing water while I write. I know it may sound goofy but it’s very soothing and inspiring—especially while writing about mermaids.
I also have a set of all 3 books of the Real Mermaids series to giveaway to one lucky winner! Winner must be over 13 and live in the US or Canada (the publisher will be sending out the prize). Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize once notified. Good luck!