Waking the Merrow
“Waking the Merrow” by Heather Rigney (Book One: The Merrow Trilogy)
Published on… 22 May 2014
Published as… Contemporary Fantasy/Monster Lit
A Chat with Evie
A Note from Bella: I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Waking the Merrow a couple months ago, and now the author has been kind enough to let her main character stop by for a chat! I hope you enjoy meeting Evie and will get a copy of Waking the Merrow to learn more about her story!
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Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Evie (rhymes with ‘heavy’) McFagan: First of all, Bella, thank you for giving me some attention. That author, Rigney (whatever her name is), is getting all the press. The book is about me. Why does she get all the interviews? You’re classy to ask me. You, I like.
Here we go. The book is called WAKING THE MERROW and I’ve heard it’s described as a dark historical fantasy. It all takes place in sleepy Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island, where I work with my husband in our funeral home. Let’s get one thing straight—there’s nothing fantastic about the merrow. They are nasty, man-eating, aquatic bitches. All those stories about mermaids being nautical cheerleaders are bullsh*t. I lived it. They are not nice. Oh, by the way, some reviewer mentioned I was ‘unreliable.’ Let me tell you something, I don’t appreciate being called ‘an unreliable narrator.’ That’s bullsh*t, too.
Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Evie: Well, to be honest, I have a drinking problem with no solution, I’m overweight, unattractive, have very few friends, and I’m a sh*tty mom. How does that sound? You want to read all about me now, don’t you? Well, I don’t really give a crap if you do or not, but, if you believe the rumors, you’d be missing out on some fantastic nautical mayhem if you chose to skip this one. Then again, if you do read it, you may never go for a swim in New England waters ever, ever again. To put it simply, the book is like that ridiculous “Spongebob” show, except people get torn apart. And, there are nasty mermaids who eat people. And then there’s the historic stuff about the Revolutionary War. And, also, there’s a few things about Irish folktales and pre-famine Irish immigration. So I guess it’s not exactly like “Spongebob,” but it does have some ocean scenes in it. So there you have it.
Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Evie: Oh, her. She’s one of those moms I’ve seen at the playground. Thinks she’s got it all going on, but really she’s a hot mess. If she drank a wee bit more, lightened up a little, she’d be tolerable. But other than that, I can’t stand her.
Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Evie: It’s hard to read about yourself. Especially when you’ve been through something traumatic—like being terrorized by vicious she-beasts. I once heard that Tina Turner never saw that movie about her life. You know, the one where Angela Bassett (love her, btw!) played Tina? That’s how I feel. I’m never going to read a book about my experiences.
But you should.
That Rigney girl could really use some new clothes. She’s one of those hippies that attend clothes swaps. I mean, come on. Get something new, for Christ’s sake.
Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Evie: Um, yeah. It’s kind of like my fifteen minutes. Another reviewer said I would make an awesome girlfriend. That would be nice. I’m kind of low on friends.
Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Evie: I believe I will run into the merrow again. I’m not happy about that option. But it’s a real possibility. Maybe I’ll lose weight, quit smoking, quit drinking. Maybe. Look, I’m not real good with the self-improvement sh*t, so don’t judge me.
Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Evie: It’s come to my understanding that I’m in a trilogy. Expect two more books with yours truly in it–unless she goes all George R.R. Martin on me and kills me off in the second book. That would really ruin my plans to hit Vegas next fall.
Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Evie: Julia Roberts. No, wait, Meryl. I love Meryl. :sigh: All right, Natasha Lyonne would rock. That chick is so sassy on “Orange Is the New Black.” I love her trashy mouth and crazy hair. So if Julia and Meryl are both too goddamn busy, I’ll take Natasha.
That would be bitchin’.
About the Book
In 1772, angry Rhode Island colonists set fire to a British ship, sparking the American Revolution. Taxation without representation was a motivator. So was the vengeful, man-eating mermaid who had it out for the commanding officer.
That was then. This is now.
Mermaids, or merrow, still hunt in Narragansett Bay, but these days they keep a lower profile.
At night, centuries-old Nomia seduces smutty frat boys, lures them into icy waters, and feeds them to her voracious kin. By day, she and her half-breed daughter attempt to blend in at the coastal Village Playground.
But Nomia slips up. She makes a friend. Then she makes that friend disappear, and someone notices.
Thirty-something Evie McFagan just wants to make it through working motherhood. But she’s a blistering stew of issues—snarky alcoholic and a friendless funeral director who just witnessed Nomia dismembering a guy at the nearby yacht club.
When Evie believes a mermaid stole her baby, who will help? The merrow of Ireland? Or maybe anti-hero Evie will surprise everyone, including herself, and summon the strength to save her own family.
Intertwining the stories of two primordial families with the colonial history of Narragansett Bay, Waking the Merrow is a dark historical fantasy.
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About the Author
Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather, Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that’s pretty, and stuff that’s not. Heather’s stories reflect her dark, gothic childhood spent alone in the woods of northern Rhode Island.
Having discovered the works of both Stephen King and Clive Barker at the age of eleven, she started to wonder if she truly was alone in the woods, or perhaps not. The perhaps was what kept her up at night. Her imagination cranked out stories and dreams that she kept to herself. She was an odd child and didn’t need one more reason for the neighbors to cluck, “That Rigney girl is so odd …” But now that she’s comfortable with her oddness, Heather would love to share her stories with you, dear reader.
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