Interview with Anne Greenwood Brown, Author of Lies Beneath

Anne Greenwood Brown dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new book, Lies Beneath.  Check out what she has to say.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Anne Greenwood Brown] I’m a born and raised Minnesotan, wife, and mother of three. I love to make things up, and I miss high school. A lot.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Lies Beneath?

[Anne Greenwood Brown] Lies Beneath is billed as a paranormal romance, but I see it primarily as an evolution story (as in Darwin). It’s the story of a merman, Calder White, and his mermaid sisters, who medicate their natural depressive states by robbing people of their life energy (killing them in the process). They’re animals; it’s really no different than a lion taking down a gazelle. It’s creepy, but it’s just the natural way of things.

When the story starts, Calder and his sisters are seeking revenge against the man they blame for their mother’s death. Calder is charged with the task of getting close to the man, by first getting close to his daughter, Lily. It should be easy. Calder has plenty of experience seducing young girls. However, this time he screws everything up by falling in love. (If that’s even possible for his kind.)

Over the course of the novel, Calder starts to evolve from his animalistic past to his more human future, and starts to acquire some of the most profound capabilities of the human spirit.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for Lies Beneath?

[Anne Greenwood Brown] I actually started writing a contemporary story that was set on Lake Superior about a girl who came up to tend the lighthouse and fell in love with a ferry boat captain. But I kept having this dream where the ferry boat captain dove over the side of the boat. That would be a really stupid thing to do on Lake Superior. Like, death wish stupid. Then in one of those dreams, the ferry boat captain dove into the lake and burst out with this amazing tail! I woke up with the first line of the book in my head: “I hadn’t killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.” I figured that was the story that wanted to be told, so I sat down to write it.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Calder would never have in his pocket?

[Anne Greenwood Brown] Oh, boy, let’s see. He wouldn’t have any money. He wouldn’t have an ID. And . . . he wouldn’t have any lint (because he doesn’t have much access to a washer/dryer).

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Anne Greenwood Brown] My laptop. Coffee. And the time on the clock to be before noon!

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Anne Greenwood Brown] THE TIME GARDEN by Edgar Eager. It was about a frog who taught a group of children how to travel through time by inhaling thyme. I remember they went to visit Queen Elizabeth on one trip, and Louisa May Alcott on another.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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Interview arranged by {teen} Book Scene

One thought on “Interview with Anne Greenwood Brown, Author of Lies Beneath

  • June 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Money, ID, and lint. 😀 that one made me laugh. 😀

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