Novelist and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano has two novels published with HarperVoyager, “Afterlife” and “Feast.” Her self-published work includes “Fathom,” “Waiting for Midnight,” and “The Plague Carrier.” The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, Vintage Gardens magazine, American Farmhouse magazine, and Zombies magazine, she has also co-authored a number of how-to-draw books including “How to Draw Vampires” and “How to Draw Grimm’s Dark Tales.” Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two dogs, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.
For more about Merrie and her books, visit her website at www.MerrieDestefano.com.
What’s your favorite scene in “Fathom” and why?
When the main character, Kira, who is a 16-year-old girl, is talking on the phone to her best friend, Sean, and she is wondering what it would be like to kiss him.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Getting my Christmas decorations out and remembering who made them or when I got them. Some were made by my son when he was a child, some were made by me, others were gifts. I also keep holiday cards friends and family have sent in past years, and these become part of my current holiday décor. Sometimes I hang them on colored ribbons, sometimes I set them out on my buffet.
If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?
Definitely hot cocoa!
What are you working on next?
I’m currently editing a gothic romance horror novel set in the early 1800s that I just finished writing, and I’m putting together sample chapters and a proposal for my next YA novel, which features a teenage boy who has witnessed a traumatic event.
By Merrie Destefano
Turning sixteen can be hell, especially if everyone in town thinks your mother killed herself and your sister. All Kira Callahan wants to do is swim, hang out with her best friend, Sean, and ignore the kids who torment her at school. That is, until one day when she gets invited to a party. For three minutes her life is wonderful—she even kisses Sean. Then somebody spikes her drink and some girls from out of town lure her into the ocean and hold her underwater.
Kira soon discovers that the group of wild teenagers who have come to visit Crescent Moon Bay are not as innocent as they seem. In fact, nothing is as it seems—not the mysterious deaths of her sister and mother, not her heritage, not even her best friend. And everything seems to hinge on the ancient Celtic legends that her mother used to tell her as a child.