Please tell us a bit about yourself and your book.
The Mers is about the world 100 years from now and the various forms of life that evolve under a water world type of condition.
The story focuses on one young woman named Mira who longs to discover who she is. Because she is different from the MERS whom she live with, she has to travel across a forbidden boundary to learn more about this world and about herself.
Along her travels, she also has a few friends and a few enemies. It is kinda like a coming of age story.
Why did you choose to write about Mermaids?
I chose mermaids, (technically for this book they are MERS, which are not exactly mermaids), but by book two there are mermaids), because of the world they live in. The Earth has suffered a deluge all over and life has evolved and I wanted to play with the themes of produce and differences and adaption and how all this affects humanity.
What research did your book require?
I had to research just a bit on geography and initially the book had a geographical blunder which later had been changed. Most didn’t even catch it, but my father did and so I change it;) I also had to research a bit on the genome and genes. Actually, many evolutionists now think that evolution occurs much faster than we once thought, because our genes all carry similar characteristics. For Ex, did you know that the human finger is made up the same genes that form the fish’s fin? But in our specie the epi-genome says finger and turns off the fin expression and in the fish vice versa. The environment plays a vital role in how these genes turn off or on. (My book is not this deep though:)
You have written a little bit of everything – what is your favorite?
I have written scifi romance, paranormal romance, and historical romance, children stories poetry, short stories, and a graphic novella.
My favorite are the first three. For now;)
What genre has been the most challenging to write in?
Most challenging to write in? I’d say historical is the most challenging, because you want to get those details right and so have to do a lot more research than say in paranormal. But scifi also requires a certain amount of research, because you want to stay true to science as much as you can for the story to be plausible.
Describe the Mers in just 5 words.
5 word descriptor of THE MERS: Unique. Imaginative. Suspenseful. Action-packed. Adventurous.
What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?
Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one.
But as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them…finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.
About The Author:
Ami Blackwelder is a forbidden romance writer in the paranormal, scifi, and historical genres. Growing up in Florida, she went to UCf and in 1997 received her BA in English and teaching credentials. She travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand. She also wrote three nonfiction spiritual books at this time.
In university, having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University;), her fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the country. Later, she achieved the Semi-Finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.