Saturday, August 27, 2011

Black Waters - Maija Barnett

I live in Massachusetts, and I'm a stay-at-home mom and former, though soon to be returning, English teacher. I have two young daughters. When I'm not taking care of them, I try and spend as much time as possible writing.

Product description:
Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after “the change” took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.
But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of Cape Cod, her carefully controlled life slips into chaos. Hiding in the water until the killer's gone is a must. Getting spotted by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling in love with him. That definitely wasn't part of the plan.
Combine all this with the mysterious mermaid box Abby receives as a postmortem birthday gift from her dad, and she's pulled even deeper into the world of shades and monsters. Once the full force of Abby's deadly siren powers are revealed, the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
My hope is that readers enjoy my characters and pretty much just get swept up in the story. I know that's what I'm looking for when I read a book like this. I remember staying up all night to finish the Harry Potter and Twilight books, so that's sort of the feeling I'm going for.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I really like the control you have when you self-publish a book. You get to work on the cover, edit your manuscript, and promote yourself. It's all a little daunting, but it's also very exciting. I considered trying the more traditional route, but I really think that indie publishing is the next big movement in the publishing industry, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Stephanie Meyers, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Amanda Hocking


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