While planning Between Land and Sea, I toyed with different fantasy elements.
What advantage could I give the once beautiful Isabella who had given up her tail and lost her mermaid powers? As plain and practically destitute Barbara Davies, she needed immediate assistance.
A magic wand came to mind, but I quickly dismissed a possibility often associated with a fairy godmother or benevolent elder. In this case, there was no such elder. Annabella, Isabella’s grandmother and elder of the Mediterranean kingdom, reacted quickly and savagely to her granddaughter’s defection, aging her thirty years and adding twenty pounds to her slender frame.
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