Friday, December 11, 2009

Interview with Aimee Friedman

I am so excited this is my first interview. It's short but I am ecstatic.

AF*Hi Liz!
Thank you so much for your sweet, thoughtful email. I'm absolutely thrilled to know you enjoyed SEA CHANGE!

I'd be happy to provide answers to the below questions for your blog! And here they are:

How did you come up with the idea of Sea Change?
AF* I got the idea for SEA CHANGE one summer while I was riding a ferryboat to Governor's Island, this small island off the coast of Manhattan. I was standing by the railing, looking at the shapes below the frothy waves, and I started to think about mermaids and sea creatures. When I was little, "The Little Mermaid" was my favorite fairy tale, and I began to wonder--what if the genders were reversed? What if the girl was a human, and the boy came from the sea? From that seed of an idea sprang SEA CHANGE!

How did you come up with the characters names? 
AF* Coming up with character names is one of my favorite parts of writing. Miranda is named after a character in Shakespeare's play THE TEMPEST--which is also where the phrase "sea change" originated! (that's why there's that quote at the start of the book). I wanted her name to be linked to the sea in this subtle way. (Like her brother's name, Wade). As for Leo, I was looking through different name websites, and I stumbled upon the name "Leomaris--King of the Sea" and I thought: PERFECT!

Do you plan on writing a sequel? If so when might it be released?
AF*I definitely have different ideas in mind for a sequel, but I am not working on one right now. I can't tell you how many people have been clamoring for a sequel, though, so I may need to get on that sometime!

You can find out more about Aimee Friedman and all of her books including Sea Change here, and also on

Here is a list of a few of her other books
The Year My Sister Got Lucky

A Novel Idea
South Beach

Thank you Aimee Friedman for taking the time to answer a few of my questions.

 (PS....I so hope she starts on a sequel.)


Cleverly Inked said...
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Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Another mermaid lover, yay! ;)

Juju at Tales of said...

Yah Aimee!
I LOVED Sea Change!
Here's my review:

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Ohh, nice questions! I love the names too. :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Great interview. Sea change is on my TBR list and I am really looking forward to it!

Lauren said...

I loved Sea Change, so I was thrilled to find this interview. I'm definitely hoping for a sequel too. Awesome news that Aimee Friedman is considering writing one!

Jessica (BookLover) said...

I've been hearing such good things about Sea Change. I should really pick it up and give it to myself for Christmas. :P
Seriously, I want it. Great interview, by the way. It's intresting to see how a story comes into fruition.

blueicegal said...

Great interview, ive seen it at my local library but i just never came round to it, ill be picking it up on my next trip for sure :D