While planning Between Land and Sea, I considered different fantasy elements.
What advantage could I bestow upon a beautiful mermaid who had given up her tail and lost her mermaid powers?
A magic wand came to mind, but I quickly dismissed a possibility often associated with fairy godmothers and benevolent elders. In this case, there was no such elder. Her grandmother (and chief elder of the Mediterranean Kingdom) had 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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