JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Princess of Undersea by Leslie Conzatti
FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:
I live in the Pacific Northwest. I’m one of four people in my family (that I know of) who are left-handed: the others are my grandfather, my niece, and a brother-in-law.
WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:
The genre for “Princess of Undersea” is Fantasy, and the audience is middle-grade and up.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:
I was inspired to write “Princess of Undersea” first as a fanfiction for a show that based its whole premise on re-telling fairy tales–they’d done The Little Mermaid, but I wasn’t a fan of the way it was executed. I decided to write my own version of it, complete with re-purposing and switching up the things from both the original fairy tale and the Disney film version that, in my opinion, weakened the story. Even small tweaks like allowing the mermaid princess to still be able to speak as a human (although with a really bad stutter), and flipping the whole “magical godmother” trope gave new significance to parts of the story, and presented new options for the outcome.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:
“Princess of Undersea” tells the story of Ylaine, a mermaid princess with an enchanted singing voice. She struggles against her father’s overbearing nature, and the way he constantly speaks of how dangerous and threatening the humans are, but at the same time, when Ylaine wants to know how, he won’t explain himself, and he uses her enchanting songs to enthrall the rest of his Council into following him into war against the humans. Ylaine is quite sure that if her father could somehow meet the humans and walk among them, even for a day, he would change his mind–but the chance to do so comes at a high price, and Ylaine is forced to choose between retaining her magical gift or finding the truth. Once ashore, she meets the Prince of the human kingdom, and finds out that the humans behave quite different than what her father had always been saying. Before she can return and tell him as much, Ylaine finds herself embroiled in a plot that not only threatens her ability to help the human kingdom, but endangers the realm of the Merfolk as well.
WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:
“Princess of Undersea” is available on Amazon: