All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.
So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.
Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare — she’s turning into a mermaid herself. For real.
Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it’s sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.
Each mermaids appearance differ from their scales to their tail. Some have scaley skin of various colors, and others have human-like skin. And each mermaid tail can vary in color: magenta, deep blue, green, etc. They have gills on each side of their neck just below their chin, and lungs as well so they can go on dry land for periods of time.
Mermish: language of the sea creatures.
Merwalker: a creature that can live in the sea with fins as a mermaid and on land with legs as a human. They are dangerous and not to be trusted. They have distinctive turquoise eyes.
“He was my rock amid the storm of emotions and uncertainties within my heart.”
–Erin Hayes, How To Be A Mermaid (pg. 117)
“Before all of this, I never believed in mermaids. But now, it was time to start believing in myself.”
–Erin Hayes, How To Be A Mermaid (pg. 155)
Mermaid or not, never forget to believe in yourself. ❤
“You’re a hero, Tara.” His expression turned passionate. “You’re my hero.”
–Erin Hayes, How To Be A Mermaid (pg. 186)
Meet Erin Hayes
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.
She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.