Interview with Judi Fennell

Today, I interview debut author Judi Fennell. All I can say is Mermen rock. Read on, and check her out awesome contest, too!

About The Author:

Judi Fennell has had her nose in a book and her head in some celestial realm all her life, including those early years when her mom would exhort her to "get outside!" instead of watching Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie on television. So she did–right into Dad’s hammock with her Nancy Drew books

Photo of Author Judi Fennell

These days she’s more likely to have her nose in her laptop and her head (and the rest of her body) at her favorite bookstore, but she’s still reading, whether it be her latest manuscript or friends’ books.

A three-time finalist in online contests, Judi has enjoyed the reader feedback she’s received and would love to hear what you think about her Mer series. Check out her website at www.JudiFennell.com for excerpts, reviews and fun pictures from reader and writer conferences, and the chance to "dive in" to her stories.

About the Book

In Over Her Head
Sourcebooks, June 2009
ISBN # 9781402220012
Cover of In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell
When Erica Peck, one terrified-of-the-ocean marina owner, finds herself at the bottom of the sea conversing with a Mer man named Reel, she thinks she’s died and gone to her own version of Hell. When the Oceanic Council demands she and Reel retrieve a lost cache of diamonds from the resident sea monster in return for their lives, she knows she’s died and gone to Hell.

When they escape the monster and end up on a deserted island, she amends her opinion – she’s died and gone to Heaven.

But when Reel sacrifices himself to allow her to return to her world, she realizes that, Heaven or Hell, with Reel, she’s In Over Her Head.

What people are saying:

Nora Roberts? Danielle Steel? Much acclaimed romance writers should step aside. There is a new romance writer in town and she is certainly causing a great splash with her debut novel, In Over Her Head.
— ABibliophile.com

I truly found a pearl in my oyster when I read this delightful tale. I was surprised how good of a book In Over Her Head is. It is extremely well-written, the storyline flows and I was hooked from the first page.
— LongAndShortReviews.blogspot.com

IN OVER HER HEAD is a delightful, quirky blend of humor, adventure and passion. All in all, this is a fast, fun read and a great way to spend a snowy afternoon or a sunny day at the beach.
— Lynda K. Scott, Star-Crossed Romance

In Over Her Head is a heartwarming, but action-packed story of two people-one human and the other of the seaworthy body-joined together in an adventure. I enjoyed this story immensely.
— Dawn M. Ekinia, Armchair Interviews

A delightful underwater adventure… full of good-natured humor and fun. A strong first effort by a promising new talent.
— Romantic Times

A playful debut… sincere wit.
— Publisher’s Weekly

Contest

To celebrate the release of each of her books, Judi Fennell and the Atlantis Inn (www.AtlantisInn.com) and the Hibiscus House (www.HibiscusHouse.com) bed and breakfasts are raffling off three romantic beach getaway weekends. All information is on Judi’s website, www.JudiFennell.com

The Interview

1. Tell me a little bit about the book.

When Erica Peck, one terrified-of-the-ocean marina owner, finds herself at the bottom of the sea conversing with a Mer man named Reel, she thinks she’s died and gone to her own version of Hell. When the Oceanic Council demands she and Reel retrieve a lost cache of diamonds from the resident sea monster in return for their lives, she knows she’s died and gone to Hell.

When they escape the monster and end up on a deserted island, she amends her opinion – she’s died and gone to Heaven.
But when Reel sacrifices himself to allow her to return to her world, she realizes that, Heaven or Hell, with Reel, she’s In Over Her Head.

2. If your protagonist were to wake up one day with a super power, what would that super power be?

Heh. I think Erica would love to be able to fly. That’d get her out of the ocean in a flash if a shark showed up. The fact that it’s also the superpower I’d love to have could be totally coincidental. But probably isn’t. Alternatively (or both!) if your protagonist were to wake up one day with an intense craving for something, what would the craving be? Kajiki – swordfish sushi. Paybacks are a bitch.

3. Would your villain (or antagonist) prefer to be Emperor Ming The Merciless or Darth Vader? Why? (If you’ve never watched Flash Gordon, feel free to Google or substitute the villain of your choice.)

Darth – Ming ruled a planet. Darth has a bigger focus; he wants every universe out there. Ceto has a bone to pick with The Gods and she wouldn’t mind having more power than them.

4. What do you consider the heart of your story? That is, what is the issue or emotion that propels things forward? Spill your guts on this one.

Reel’s realization. I didn’t see that one coming, and, no, I’m not giving it away here. But it touched me when I wrote that scene. There’s one line in there that just took my breath away when I wrote it about being a son and a father.

5. If you were in charge of casting the movie adaptation of your book, who gets the call?

I laugh when I get this question because I hadn’t really thought about it until I had to start doing promo because everyone asks it. Matthew McConaughey’s character in Failure to Launch inspired Reel’s devil-may-care attitude, and he does look like him and I think Matthew could do Reel really well. I love Sandra Bullock playing opposite Matthew, and her character in Two Weeks’ Notice — the chattiness and sarcasm to cover her insecurities – would play well with Erica.

6. Is there a scene you cut from the book that you kind of wish you could put back in? (Feel free to include a URL to it, it you have it posted on line.)

Nope. Everything I wrote is in there.

7. Do you have a sample chapter posted?

I have an excerpt at: http://judifennell.com/IOHH%20Excerpt.html

8. Tell us why your editor is the best editor ever in the universe.

Because she loved my story enough to buy it! And the next two in the series on proposal. Seriously, she and I had formed a great relationship through industry functions and she wanted to make something work for us – when this came across her desk, it was the right one.

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3 Responses to “Interview with Judi Fennell”

  1. Judi Fennell says:

    Hi Carolyn and thanks so much for having me!

  2. Cybercliper says:

    Hi Carolyn and Judi

    Congratulations on your release Judi. I picked up a copy today and I’m almost finished – Ernie just showed up on the island with Chum in a bucket – I love it!!! I can hardly wait to see what direction this series takes next.

  3. Judi Fennell says:

    Hi Cybercliper! Thanks so much for letting me know what part you're on – I love hearing from people when they're in the midst of reading it. Glad you're enjoying it!