The Seafarer’s Kiss

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How Viking Mermaids Might Survive In An Arctic Climate

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The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember is a bisexual retelling of The Little Mermaid, set in the Arctic Circle. It borrows from the original Hans Christian Andersen story, Viking mythology and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Host Laura von Holt talks with author Julia Ember about various world legends about mermaids, all the ways Julia imagines mermaids might survive in an arctic climate, Julia’s background in medieval literature and Norse mythology, and her love of beluga whales. Listen to this intriguing discussion of the world of a dystopian Little Mermaid, and the process of writing a queer young adult novel.

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Laura von Holt, Fairy Boss Mother

Laura von Holt is the Fairy Boss Mother of Cinderly. Her goal in life is to lead the first fairy godmother empire, be the Lisa Frank of the Digital World, and make magic real for sparkle unicorns and boss ladies everywhere. A triple threat, Laura is a Pulitzer Prize contender, a Certified Fairyologist and a graduate of Weeki Wachee Sirens of the Deep mermaid camp. She writes romance novels under the pen name of Laura Lovely.


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