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Eleanor Tremayne Author Interview

Eleanor Tremayne Author Interview

The Mermaids Grandson follows Daikini’s search for answers and her startling connection to merfolk. What was your inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?

I have always been fascinated with sea creatures, real as well as fictional. Mermaids have often been depicted as fragile creatures that are not very intelligent. Much like women are sometimes portrayed. Since all of my writing celebrates strong women that face serious consequences, or obstacles, I decided to create Mermaids that have also evolved into power inspirations to writers, artists, musicians. They are the twenty first century muses that have always been around us in various forms.

Daikini is a fascinating character of depth and intelligence. What were some themes that drove her character development?

Dakini is on the natural rites of passage path. Like so many young adults who are struggling with finding their identity in an ever changing universe, Dakini must learn about her past to create her future. I hoped to portray the same desire that not only all of us have experienced, but also to include juxtaposition with Dakini’s ancestors.

I enjoyed the detailed explanation of mermaids in this book. Did you do any research on the subject before writing?

Research! Research! Research! In all of my four novels I am determined to not only write a good story, but also to include historical and literary details that the reader may not know. From everything that begins with settings, to how the characters are influenced by social, and historical has to be accurate. Researching mermaids did give me a greater range of imagination. Although there are literary millions of articles on mermaids, since none of them are true facts, I was able to include my own interpretation which I hope distinguishes it from any other mermaid fantasy story.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Currently I am writing my fifth novel, High Tea With Ophelia. It will hopefully enlighten my readers with insight into the supernatural, but again, in a very unique way. The setting is, New Orleans, Savannah, Georgia, and St. Augustine, Florida. If one would connect these three cities on a map it would reveal a very distinct triangle. A triangle known as the Mojo Triangle. Although there has been much written about the metaphysical similarities, my novel will once again add an original, literary twist. The clue is in the title. Since I am now a resident of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, I have been able to research much of this remarkable city first hand. My projected deadline is to have the novel completed by October 2020, and released for the holiday season.

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The Mermaid's Grandson by [Eleanor Tremayne]Dakini Flanagan, a freelance writer and journalist, always knew that she was different. Starting with her most unusual name, chosen by a grandmother she never knew, to those annoying de ja vu moments that occur too frequently. When the opportunity to write an article examining the influence that folktales have on society, Dakini immediately recognizes that this could be her most challenging assignment. What Dakini does not expect, is meeting Lady Monica, a distinguished storyteller. Monica provides the missing link to many of Dakini’s questions. When Lady Monica insists that Dakini read an antiquated manuscript, titled The Mermaid’s Grandson, a collection of Mermaid Tales, Dakini reluctantly agrees. She soon discovers how influential Merfolk are historically, and in her own life. Is she really ready to accept how this revelation will change her life forever? Will Dakini know what to do next?

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The Mermaid’s Grandson

The Mermaid's Grandson by [Tremayne, Eleanor]

Nothing about Dakini’s existence is simple, not even her name. She grows up with little knowledge of her roots and has to make do with sketchy and terse details about her heritage from her father. There is little hope that she will ever find answers to her many questions but things take an interesting turn. Possessed with an intense desire to be a successful writer like her father, Dakini tries to do more than just report conventional stories as most journalists do. She takes an interest in the age-long art of storytelling and goes in search of the perfect story. Her search leads her to an ancient manuscript bearing an incredible tale that would change her life forever.

The Mermaid’s Grandson by Eleanor Tremayne is a work of fiction that plunges us into the world of mythical creatures: mermaids and their interactions with humans. Tremayne gives us an exquisite taste of two worlds: mermaids in water and mermaids on land, amongst humans. Sounds like something out of Disney, doesn’t it? Trust me, it’s just as thrilling. She makes her mermaids stroll through the portals of time at will (apparently, that’s one of the powers of mermaids) so we get glimpses of several eras and can appreciate the peculiarities of these times alongside the story’s plot.

While stories about mythical creatures with a greater focus on the supernatural abilities of these beings could easily captivate a younger audience, a more mature audience would look to underlying themes to better appreciate the stories. Tremayne appeals to both our sense of imagination and our thirst for meaning by crafting her story around powerful themes. One is the unfathomable power of love and how it can drive beings to points far beyond their perceived limits, cause them to damn even the gravest consequences and make the bravest sacrifices. Tremayne also turns our attention to the strength that lies in resilient women, community and togetherness. Also, by contrasting certain traits of the mermaids with human characteristics, we can further appreciate some precious instincts we’ve been gifted with and even the deficiencies we are stuck with.

I liked how Tremayne made the characters narrate their tales in the first person. It helped create some sort of realness about them, especially the mermaids. They had voices that could be heard and personalities that could be read. This took the book from being just a fantastic work of imagination to being a stimulator of strong emotions. In addition to this, the author’s knack for sprinkling literary works ranging from short poems by famous authors, to insightful quotes from notable people added extra style and spice to the book. If you are one who enjoys fiction plus fantasy, you’ll love Tremayne’s latest work.

Pages: 319 | ASIN: B084DYVYSB

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Dakini Flanagan, a freelance writer and journalist, always knew that she was different. Starting with her most unusual name, chosen by a grandmother she never knew, to those annoying de ja vu moments that occur too frequently. When the opportunity to write an article examining the influence that folktales have on society, Dakini immediately recognizes that this could be her most challenging assignment. What Dakini does not expect, is meeting Lady Monica, a distinguished storyteller. Monica provides the missing link to many of Dakini’s questions. When Lady Monica insists that Dakini read an antiquated manuscript, titled The Mermaid’s Grandson, a collection of Mermaid Tales, Dakini reluctantly agrees. She soon discovers how influential Merfolk are historically, and in her own life. Is she really ready to accept how this revelation will change her life forever? Will Dakini know what to do next?

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