Today I am excited to have Zoraida on for Mermaid & Myth Month! In case you didn't
know The Savage Blue released TODAY!! I had mine on pre-order from not too long after I finished reading the ARC! It's the kind of book I need a finished copy of!! I also need Zoraida to sign it... Anyway check out Zoraida and her fun answers!
1. You wrote from a guys POV which is not as common. What made you write from a mermans POV instead of mermaid?
I love mermaids. But when I started writing THE VICIOUS DEEP, my main character was always a guy. It wasn’t that I DIDN’T want to write from a mermaid’s point of view, it’s that Tristan’s voice (one sunny Coney Island day) simply popped into my head.
In many mermaid folk stories, she is always getting kidnapped, drowning sailors, or killing herself in the name of love. I wondered how come you don’t see many merdudes sitting on rocks and combing their hair? Are they out slaying sharks for supper? Are they terribly hideous and is THAT why mermaids come landside for some sexy sailor action?
As I kept asking myself all these questions, I began forming my mythology of Tristan, his family history, and the Sea Court that changes his life.
2. Tristan is an amusing guy. His obsession with where his... Um "junk" went was down right comical, how did you come up with him and his quirky ways.
I’m pretty sure if I were a guy, I’d be very much like Tristan. Boys are allowed a certain HALL PASS/ GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD when it comes to girls, sports, curfews. They have a freedom that girls don’t always enjoy. I saw this in my male cousins, my guy friends, and my little brother. A lot of Tristan and his swim team comes from the things I’ve overheard my friends say over the years. I also wanted a hunky guy who has a sense of humor, doesn’t always take himself too seriously, and pretty much has it all.
And since he starts off having it all, it was my pleasure to take it ALL away from him by THE SAVAGE BLUE. Now, he has to earn it back and in the process go from merDUDE to merMAN.
3. It's clear that you have loved mermaids for most of your life, did you ever consider writing about something else?
My first novel ever was a contemporary based on the drama that went on between my friends in junior high school. It is a terribly thing, but it is what kick started my need to tell stories.
I have a few things in the back burner. A) a historical fantasy set in the 1600s New England about siblings hiding their true powers as a witch hunt sweeps their small Massachusetts settlement.
B) A middle grade about a brother and a sister who keep their family afloat by busking in the New York City subways.
C) A novel set in the same world as The Vicious Deep. It is told from the POV of Brooklyn’s favorite Hawaiian-shirt-wearing vampire, Frederik.
D) Santeria witches.
4. With the release of The Savage Blue what are most nervous about? Most excited?
Most nervous: The sophomore release. Book 2 was hard to write, and I heard this from many author friends. The reason it was hard to write was because I was doing so many terrible things to my characters that at one point I was like, “please forgive me, Tristan.”
Most excited: The end. Did you guess it ;) ?
**I actually still can't believe the end!! My jaw dropped& I don't believe it!!
1. What is the one thing that you ALWAYS have with you?
A pen. I was going to say an index card and a pen. Or a notebook and a pen. But as long as I have a pen, I’ll write on a napkin or the back of my hand.
2. The last Mermaid novel you read that you really enjoyed?
I absolutely loved the retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, MERMAID by Carolyn Turgeon.
3. You find out you are part Mer. How do you react?
In the 3rd person:
Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She made her way up north and now works in the glittering New York City nightlife. She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night. She's currently working on book #2.
In the 1st person:
Hello there! This is my shameless first person behest to add my novel to your TO READ list.
It is also where I tell you that I love meeting people from everywhere. Even though, I'm shy in the first 5 minutes, it's all for show. After that, all of my inappropriate sayings/comments come out.
Zoraida has been SUPER generous and has donated an art photo print of her original Vicious Deep art for a lucky winner!!