Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Memory of Mermaids by Spencer Dryden

TITLE: The Memory of Mermaids
AUTHOR: Spencer Dryden
PUBLISHER:  Fireborn Publishing
RELEASE DATE:  August 21, 2015
GENRE:  Fantasy
PAIRING: Male/Female Mermaid
LENGTH: Novella


After he rescues a mermaid from a sea monster, Max Weiss falls into a world of pirate treasure, dolphin whisperers, murderous mobsters and a forbidden love.
Troubles multiply in the already-troubled life of Max Weiss after he rescues a mermaid from the clutches of a sea monster. Drawn by the allure of the enchanting mermaid, Azzaria, Max agrees to help her find her lost mermaid sister. Max is pulled into a world of missing drug money, pirate treasure, murderous mobsters, dolphin whisperers and a forbidden love.

Let’s start with the basics… 

When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?

My first writing was a three part story where a narrator describes his quest to learn how to please a woman sexually. While it was never published. the middle story became the backbone for a short story, Storm Across the Prairie which was part of charity anthology Coming Together Against the Storm. The inspiration was born out of my own curiosity. At age 63 (then) I realized I actually knew very little about good sex.

Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?

Sorry to say right now I'm writing when I find time which is not a productive strategy, the tyranny of the urgent pulls me away too easily. Come fall my day job demands lessen and in January i qualify for Social Security so hopefully with less time dedicated to work, I can settle into a regular daily schedule

Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first?  Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?

At the very early stages of a story I have to give myself permission to simply look out the window and let my mind wander around the premise. In the case of my current novella, The Memory of Mermaids, it was imagining what might happen if an ordinary guy living in the world today encountered a mermaid. My scenes almost always begin with dialogue, then I go back and fill in all the other details. Mermaids is the first story I've written using an outline. Actually what I use are post-it notes on a blank piece of paper-like a story board.

How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?

With Mermaids I made a conscious decision not to do research into mermaid lore or other mermaid stories. I've never read a mermaid sotry. I haven't even seen Little Mermaid. I was afraid that if I put too much knowledge in my head it would bleed through into my character. I wanted to preserve the innocence and wonder my MC would experience. I used real places around the area of my adopted home of Summer Haven, Florida to keep me grounded in reality. I wanted his experience to be as genuine as I could make it.

What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?

The title is usually one of the first things that appears in my mind. I have to rely on cover artists. If I did covers it would be stick men. My artistic talent has remained un-evolved since kindergarten. I often name minor characters for friends who have passed. The character bares little resemblance to the deceased but mentioning the mane is a kind of immortality for dearly departed friends.

"How do you answer the question “Oh, you're an author...what do you write?"

Only a very few people know of my writing. Up to this point most of what I have written is erotica. If my family, friends and associates knew of my interests in erotica, they would drop dead in horror. I simply don't have the desire, time or energy to enlighten them, but I also don't want to offend them. My plan is that my writing identity will be revealed at my wake with oversized posters of the tawdry covers from my books. That'll give them something to talk about over the luncheon.

What does your family think of your writing?

My wife is the only member of my family who knows. She let's me do my thing. While she is an avid reader it's like pulling teeth to get her to read my stuff.

Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.

The Memory of Mermaids is a story about an ordinary guy down on his luck who saves a mermaid from the clutches of a sea monster. She brings him the monster's treasure as a reward and then entices him to help her find her lost mermaid sister. Max Weiss gets pulled into a world of pirates treasure, missing drug money, murderous mobsters, dolphin whisperers and a forbidden love.

Going forward I want to move away from erotic short stories and into longer more involved works. Mermaids is more fantasy/action/adventure than my past work.  I've been working for a long time on a three part scify/fantasy series that I hope to bring to light soon.

Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?

Keep working. I wrote the core story of Mermaids three years ago. It was rejected numerous times. It's been through major revisions and additions. All along though I believed it was a good story. Now I guess it's time to let the reading public judge.

Now the fun stuff…

If you could travel forward or backward in time, where would you go and why?

I think I'd like to go forward to see if any of my predictions came to pass. I'd avoid the obituaries though. I wouldn't want to know the date or cause of my death.

We’ve all got a little voyeurism in us right?  If you could be a fly on the wall during an intimate encounter between two characters, not your own, who would they be?
Got to go to the movies for this one. It would be further into the love scene between Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham . She wasn't a classic movie beauty but she had a smoking hot sexuality and of course Kevin was a guys guy back then. I imagine it was lights out sex.

If I were snooping around your kitchen and looked in your refrigerator right now, what would I find?

Lots of condiments. My wife is always buying condiments. There's no room for food.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I'd want the power of suggestion. I could place a thought into someone's mind and they would feel compelled to act on it.

If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

It would be Clayton Stoner,  from my short story, Love Above See Level. He's a surfer/beach bum living the carefree life I've always wanted. He also get to make love to a tall woman. I have a thing for tall women.

If you could sequester yourself for a week somewhere and just focus on your writing, where would you go and what would the environment be like?

It would be my adopted home of Summer Haven, Florida. It's a quiet ocean side community. Walking along the beach every day is so inspiring. I'll be doing that again in early October, staying at a friend's house while they are at their summer home up in the mountains of North Carolina.

What's the one thing, you can't live without?


What internet site do you surf to the most?


If you had your own talk show, who would your first three author guests be and why?

Three dead guys who have had the biggest influence on my writing, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, Rod Serling

When you got your very first manuscript acceptance letter, what was your initial reaction and who was the first person you told?

I pulled the blinds so no one could see me doing a little dance, then I texted my wife.

Spencer Dryden is a new writer, but an old guy on the threshold of draining any reserves left in Medicare and Social Security.
In real life he is a handyman, an at-home dad, inventor and web videographer living a quiet life in the frozen tundra of Minnesota (USA).
Like all writers he has a cat but they don't get along well. He can be found at the usual writer hangouts:


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Nautilus Soap
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Sand Dollar Soap

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