Thursday, February 5, 2015

Author and Artist Dianne Lynn Gardner on Her New Book Pouraka, a Magical Sea Cavern

Author and artist Dianne Lynn Gardner talks about her book Pouraka today on In Good Company. Check out the cover on this one. This is an example of her great work as a fine artist. This is one multi-talented individual.  


Linda asked me to tell you all what is ‘uppermost’ in my mind.


Well I can tell you my projects and I think you can guess that they are uppermost in my mind. Crazy me, I’ve been working on an Indie film from one of my books (YA fantasy), putting myself in the executive producer, producer and director’s chair. Add to that editing a novel to query (a vampire comedy) and the launch of two books, I’m not too sure I even have a mind left. And if I do it’s pretty much been split up in fragments.

What I would love to tell you about on Linda’s blog is my new novel Pouraka, which will be launched officially on Valentine’s Day, but we’re taking pre orders now.

Pouraka is a mermaid story that I tag as an Underwater Romance.

Why for heaven’s sake did I write a mermaid story, you ask? After having written a long series about dragons and portals and time travel fantasies, how did I end up penning a tale about two  mers in love?

I have a passion for the sea. I grew up on the coast. Beach combing was my favorite past time and I still remember walking the sandy shores on wet foggy days, listening to the constant rumble of the surf and lonely calls of the sea gulls. There aren’t many books that I’ve written that don’t have a touch of sea breeze and white caps in them.

I love myths and legends and parables that explain the reason why things happen. Like thunder comes from an angry God or girls like Pandora can open a box of troubles with their curiosity.

Pouraka is a fairy tale about make believe sea people who could have lived. Who knows? Perhaps they, like many other species are now extinct, and only their stories are left for us to hear.

I have written a prologue to Pouraka. It’s called Sasha and its up on Amazon as a separate book(let). It’s only six pages. But it sets the scene for Pouraka. I hope you enjoy both of the stories.

Synopsis to Pouraka (Pour ah kah)

Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near Barnacle Bay. Cora, a Pouraka mer, is torn between her friends in the seaside town, and her true love Tas, a foreign mer whose people fled when men invaded their waters.

Life becomes more difficult for all mers. An arrogant oil rigger's son, Tom, finds the bay and the rich aquatic life it harbors. When Tas attempts to rescue a pod of dolphins from Tom's gill net, he is captured to be sold to a theme park. Cora hears changes into human form and travels south to find him, risking her life to free him.
Time away from Pouraka leaves the cavern vulnerable, and a new threat arises when tourists discover its magic.
I painted the cover for Pouraka and the photograph for Sasha was from our trip to CA at Ano Nuevo where the elephant seals beach.