My goodness, I loved pitching around the first book by Rebecca Enzor.
Whenever I described this quirky genre-blend-of-a-book to people, whether I was talking with friends or querying editors, I talked about it being a mashup of the documentary Blackfish and The Little Mermaid.
Everyone I talked to about it agreed... it sounded weird and wonderful. And that's exactly what this surprisingly steamy, contemporary-fantasy novel is. A mashup of genre in a book that's hard to classify, but with story that's gripping and characters that are just so very lovable. It reminded me of reading Morte by Robert Repino, a book that challenges you to define it, and is unquestionably amazing.
And that's the sort of book Rebecca has written.
In Speak the Ocean, we meet Finn, a trainer at the world’s first mermaid theme park. He's got his assumptions about mermaids, or the Mer as they're known to us humans, but when he meets Evie, all of that goes out the window.
Suddenly he has to risk his life and turn his back on the people he cares about, to let the world know that the park's ill-treated mermaids are just as human as we are. Because Evie is no ordinary Mer. She's an ocean princess... and she can talk.
I'm thrilled to say this wonderful book will be published with REUTS next year. I really love this indie press. They took on Laurel Amberdine's Luminator, which is set to come out in the Spring. They've got a passionate team who I just adore, and I'm so glad to see Rebecca's book in their hands.
Here are the details from Publishers Marketplace:
Rebecca Enzor's SPEAK THE OCEAN, pitched as THE LITTLE MERMAID meets BLACKFISH, in which a trainer at the world's first mermaid theme park has to risk his life and turn his back on the people he cares about, to let the world know that the park's ill-treated mermaids are just as human as we are, to Kisa Whipkey at Reuts, for publication Fall 2018, by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency (World English). Translation: Taryn Fagerness Agency
I often say at conferences and sometimes on Twitter, that if you're not sure where your book belongs on a bookshelf, it belongs in my inbox. For me, Rebecca's novel is the definition of that. It's tough to pin down, and that's what makes me love it.
And I can't wait to see Rebecca's book brought to life, so you can all meet Evie, Finn, and Niku, the most cantankerous dolphin you've come come across.