Mermaid Eclipse follows Muriel and Morgan, twins; siblings so close that sometimes it’s a struggle to find their own identities. With their ailing mother and narcissistic father, their life is challenging enough – and then Aunt Mallory dies in a mysterious boating accident, revealing a family curse.
The twins set out to uncover the truth about their family and what really happened to their aunt. They learn that everything they believe to be reality is just an illusion, and they must rely on each other and their faith to keep their family together. The one constant is their twin connection and the ocean . . .
Author N.E. Carlisle was born by the coast and loves everything about the ocean, especially its lore. She has written several non-fiction books, but Mermaid Eclipse is her debut novel. She spends her days surfing, writing, and playing with her three dogs.
“Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We had the chance to ask author NE Carlisle a few probing questions about her fin-tastic book. Read on to dive into the world of Mermaid Eclipse
- What drew you to the archetype of the mermaid, and inspired you to center this coming-of-age exploration about this magical mythological character?
I’ve always believed in mermaids and the possibility that civilization could live deep within the ocean. I have a mild fascination with Atlantis and other lost worlds.
- Why did the YA genre appeal to you for a mermaid story? Do you feel that this specific age category is drawn to merfolk?
The YA community, my community, is more open to themes of innocence and mystery. I think their imagination is still fertile and their hearts are more open to possibilities. You have to want to believe in mermaids to enjoy my work.
- What character in your book do you feel that you most relate to in terms of personality, reactions to different situations and stimuli? Do you feel that authors always imbue their characters with a little bit of themselves?
The character I identify most with is the octopus. I do think authors shed bits of their personalities throughout their stories. The sequel will probably reveal more than I’d like about myself through a prominently featured cephalopod.
- Mermaid Eclipse centers around themes of finding your own identity. In the process of writing about that important journey for your character, Muriel, do you feel as though you made new discoveries about your own identity?
I do feel like I learned a lot about how I deal with grief. I lost a loved one prior to writing the novel and realized that I’m deeply invested in hope and new beginnings.
- What are you most excited about, as the main sponsor of the California Mermaid Convention? What are you most looking forward to, at the con?
Oh, I’m so excited to be part of this amazing convention. The opportunity to be in a space where other whimsical dreamers gather to celebrate one of the most iconic symbols of female power and hope is thrilling. I love that there is a celebration of ideas beyond this ordinary world – people are gathering to enjoy the extraordinary and unexplainable.
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