Judi Fennell — Going with the Flow

I have an exciting day ahead of me today. I am a guest on Judi Fennell’s blog talking about mermaids and mountains, and Judi is here talking about mermen and humor. Judi is the author of  In Over Her Head, the newly-landed Wild Blue Under, and the soon-to-be-netted Catch of a Lifetime. As you will see in the following article, Judi writes fairy tales with a twist:

Thanks, Pat, for having me here today. 

As some of you may know, I write a paranormal romance series about Mermen. Yes, Mermen. I figured if there were mermaids in stories, there had to be Mermen, right? Otherwise how would you get more little mermaids… 

I didn’t really start out to write a series about Mermen, though. That’s the funny part. I was writing a series about modern twists on fairy tales: Cinda Bella, Beauty and The Best, and Fairest of Them All. For my story, I chose The Little Mermaid, and figured the best way to twist that was to make him the Mer. So I did, made the Human a female, stuck her under the sea, tossed in some stolen diamonds (literally tossed them into the sea), added a sucker-less remora fish named Chum, a mafioso-type great white named Vincent, the mother of all sea monsters (Ceto from Greek mythology), stirred in some other mythologies, a couple of pop cultural references, manipulated our language to be sea-appropriate, and voila, In Over Her Head was born, the title a play on so many things having to do with the story I don’t think I can remember all of them. 

I had such a blast writing this story and laughed to myself the whole time. 

The funny thing is, I hadn’t exactly been planning to write humor. It wasn’t until Chum showed up and opened his mouth, that I realized this could be a comedy. And once I made that realization, I figured, what the heck. Whatever pun or silly comment I came up with… in it went. That’s when the story started flowing. (And, yes, pun totally intended.) 

Actually, there are a lot of puns in the story. On purpose. I mean, you can’t write a sea-themed story with a whole civilization and not play with the language. That’s it in a nut shell becomes That’s it in a conch shell. I think you might want to sit down becomes I think you might want to rest on the bottom, Son-of-a-bitch! becomes Son-of-a-Mer! and so on. There’s a line about Johnny Depp in there that got me my agent and readers have told me I hooked them (see? they just keep coming!) with the heroes’ names in the first two books – they’re twin brothers, one is the Heir to the throne, the other is The Spare, and their names are Rod and Reel. Yes, you are supposed to role your eyes, and go with the flow. Not quite campy, but the stories don’t take themselves too seriously. 

 Now, I’ve always had a wacky sense of humor that either gets some chuckles or some eye-rolling. Never would I have said that I’d be writing romantic comedy. I still scratch my head at that. Me? Funny? Hmmm… But, for whatever reason, it’s working for me, so you can bet I’ll keep swimming with it. Or, actually, in my next series about genies, I’ll keep flying with it. (Ah, to have a real magic carpet…) 

So here’s some of the fun from Judi’s latest release: Wild Blue Under excerpt.

And if that’s not enough excitement, I’m Reading at the Beach with Vicki Newell. (We have a theme going here! Vicki even provides the proper sound effects.) So please stop by and say hi: We Are Story

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20 Responses to “Judi Fennell — Going with the Flow”

  1. joylene Says:

    I would love to be able to write funny. Kudos to you, Judi. Writing funny is a big accomplishment.

  2. Kathryn Says:

    Judi, you are well on your way to fame and fortune!

  3. Kat Sheridan Says:

    I must say, I laughed myself silly at some of the puns and expressions in Judi’s books. I particularly found her Mer term for mammaries hysterical–shell fillers! LOL!

  4. Dana Says:

    Snort. You are a punster of the first order, Judi! I love humor, so your books are a total delight to me in every way!

  5. Gale Laure Says:

    “Mermen”! Just that word makes me smile. Best of luck with the book.
    GL

  6. sherilynwinrose Says:

    Judi, Fairy tales with a twist is most certainly your element. For the Mer series I suppose it could be Fairy tails? smile

  7. John Philipp Says:

    You never know what Judi will come up with next or what will spill forth from her characters mouths. That’s one thing that keeps you turning the pages of her books.

  8. Vivian A Says:

    I love Judi’s tongue-in-cheek humor. Just a blast, and before you know it – you’re rolling with it!

    Thanks for the lovely interview Pat.

  9. Judi Fennell Says:

    aw, guys! Lady guys! I’m feelin’ the love! And sending it right back at ya!

  10. Jamie C. Says:

    Love all the fishy puns. And poor Chum. He’ll never live down that name. (And don’t let Plankton get ahold of him! – Yes, I love Spongebob… so sue me.) Are you continuing with the puns in the genie series, Judi, or is the humor of a different bent this time? Just curious.

  11. Sheila Deeth Says:

    Hi Judy, Hi Pat. You’re one of the writers who raises puns so they don’t sink down to the bottom.

  12. West Of Mars — Win A Book! » Blog Archive » Guest Author: Judi Fennell Says:

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  13. Susan Helene Gottfried Says:

    Judi, you’ve hooked me now. Add yourself to my wishlist, will ya?

    All posted at Win a Book, ladies!

  14. Judi Fennell Says:

    You know, Jamie, I hadn’t thought about it. There are some, but there are soooo many sea puns as opposed to flying ones, that I don’t think there are as much.

  15. Adele Dubois Says:

    Judi–All the best with your series (both one and two)! You know I’m a fan.

    Best–Adele

  16. James Rafferty Says:

    Hah. Cross-blog posts. Very clever. Best of luck to both of you in your latest books. And don’t forget the next stop on Pat’s tour at my blog.


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