Today we’re delighted to present the second half of our interview with L.K. Madigan, author of The Mermaid’s Mirror and Flash Burnout. Miss part 1 (and our whacky question about mermaid sex)? Check it out here!
What were some of the biggest challenges in writing Mermaid’s Mirror? What was the easiest part?
The biggest challenge was to write believably about surfing when I’ve never been on a surfboard. I’ve body surfed and boogie-boarded, but never stood up on a surfboard. I made sure to have real surfers read my scenes to make sure I depicted the thrill and danger of surfing accurately.
The easiest part of writing the book was describing the underwater world of the mermaids. My imagination was free to build a mysterious fantasy world hidden far beneath the surface.
What’s next on your horizon?
I’m revising a third book, which is not under contract. It’s another contemporary realistic boy book. Then I would like to focus on Lena again. So many ideas … so little time.
What book have you read recently that you want to rave about & tell everyone to read? (Hint: here’s your chance to rave about it!)
It’s very hard to pick just one, because I’ve been reading some terrific books lately. It’s also hard to be objective, because some of those books are by friends. But if I have to choose just one, I’m going to rave about ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, by Stephanie Perkins, which comes out in December. I could rhapsodize about it for pages – and I do plan to write a longer review on my blog when it’s closer to the release date – but for now I will just say it’s a perfect romance. Not a formulaic genre romance … a funny, quirky, heart-tugging story of slowly unfolding love. Stephanie writes brilliant prose, and I’m already looking forward to any and all of her future books.
In Flash Burnout, you wrote from a teenage boy’s perspective (freakishly authentically, I might add). But in Mermaid’s Mirror, the narrator is a teen girl. Was one easier than the other? What made it that way?
The answer most people expect to hear is that it was easier to write from the teen girl’s perspective. Because, of course, I was once a teen girl. But in reality I found it liberating to write from the perspective of a teen boy. That’s because I’m a teenage boy trapped in the body of a middle-aged woman. Help!
Heehee. Actually, as I wrote from Blake’s perspective, I felt like he was allowed to be mouthy and irreverent and clueless … qualities that readers judge more harshly in a girl.
What do you hope readers take away from Flash Burnout?
I hope readers realize that love is complicated, and actions have consequences. Mistakes should teach us, otherwise they become painful patterns.
What do you hope readers take away from Mermaid’s Mirror?
Interestingly, The Mermaid’s Mirror imparts a similar message about love and consequences. I hope that both books shed light on the powerful ties we feel (or don’t feel) to family and friends.