The Mermaid Hypothesis
by Siri Caldwell
Released: October 25, 2022
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Why this book and why now?
I’ve always wanted to write a shapeshifter mermaid romance because it’s such a great metaphor for having another identity hidden beneath the surface. If you’ve ever felt like you had to suppress your true self, downplay your intelligence, silence yourself, or behave a certain way to meet society’s expectations … your power is that magnificent mermaid, waiting for the right time to emerge.
What is a significant way your book has changed since either the first draft or the way you thought it would turn out when you first had the inspiration?
Bizarrely, the book originally started out with a dolphin who was trained by criminals to help with their nefarious plans. It took me way longer than it should have to realize I had no interest whatsoever in writing about dolphins or about crime. That dolphin was persistent, though. It kept trying to sneak back into the story.
What’s your main character(s)’s favorite book and why?
Coastlines: At the Water’s Edge, by Emily Nathan. Because this book of photographs of gorgeous beaches around the world could help them plan their next adventure.
One of your main characters is planning a romantic night. What do they do?
They’d enjoy relaxing side by side on a secluded beach at night to watch the stars. Mallory would rather study the earth than the sky, but if her girlfriend wants to point out constellations, that’s as good an excuse as any to lean in close.
Publishing a book is a huge accomplishment and it’s time to party! Choose a celebratory beverage for one of your main characters to toast the release of your new book.
Rainwater. Because it’s hard to mix drinks under the sea.