Question: What Do Judi Fennell and Johnny Depp have in common?

Answer: They both created a character named Sparrow.

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Q: What do Adele Dubois & Johnny Depp have in common?

Answer: They both play characters named Sparrow.

 

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Call me Sparrow… Cap’n Sparrow.
…Or is that Miss Sparrow?

Yes, I’m talking about the cute, little brown birds. But I’m also talking about the hot and sexy pirate played by Johnny Depp. Okay, the pirate’s not so sexy (hot, in a rum-soaked-island-sun sort of way, yes, but not hot, as in sexy) but Johnny Depp sure was when he played Cap’n Jack.

And what in the world, you’re wondering, do the two have in common?

Yes, there is a method to my madness, and, no, it’s not the rum-soaked one of the Cap’n’s. (Are all those apostrophes correct?)

My current series on the shelves is about Mers: Mermen and Mermaids (though the maid part went by the quayside a while ago). And when writing about Mers one will naturally mention pirates. Or Johnny Depp. Or both. (And who doesn’t love the Johnny Depp reference?)

So, yes, there’s a Johnny Depp line in my first book, In Over Her Head, that sealed the deal for my agent. She loved that line, knew she liked my humor and our relationship was born.

The humor also sealed the deal with my editor, and along came book 2, Wild Blue Under, which launched this November 3rd. Now this story is about Rod, a Mer Prince who comes onto land (Kansas, because it’s as far as you can get from the ocean in the Continental US) to bring the lost half-Mer princess back to Atlantis. Only she doesn’t want to go, because, really. Mermen? Atlantis? Yeah, right. Matter of fact, she’s allergic to ocean water. No way, no how, is she going to the ocean.

And then the attacks start.

What attacks you ask? What kind of attacks could possibly get her moving?

Try dive-bombing peregrines and a mercenary albatross.

Now you see where the bird connection comes in.

But the sparrows are the good guys, er, ladies. Yes, Maybelle and Adele help thwart the evil villains and save the Prince and Princess so they can resume their rightful place on the throne of Atlantis.
Sadly, it’s not as easy as all that, and our hero and heroine – as well as the two industrious little sparrows – have a whole bunch of things to overcome.

Kind of like I did when I wrote this story.

And it’s thanks to my good friend Adele Dubois (seeing the tie-in with the sparrow now???) that I could get the research I needed for the cross-country dash to the coast.

Adele, fortuitously enough for me, was on her way to a drive out to the Midwest, along the same route I wanted my hero and heroine to travel, and she so very helpfully grabbed brochures and emailed me the sights & sounds, and her impressions of the trip, all of which were utilized in my story. She continued her trip to research her book, Desert Nectar

So, as Adele Dubois saved the day for my dearth of first-hand research, so, too, does Adele the Sparrow save the day for the hero and heroine.

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Visit award-winning author Adele Dubois at www.adeledubois.com and check out her latest release:

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9 Responses

  1. This is fun! Thanks for including me and my DESERT NECTAR in your lovely WILD BLUE UNDER.

    Best–Adele Dubois

  2. Back at ya!

  3. Can’t wait to see Wild Blue Under on the bookstore shelves. Hmm. May have to head out today.

    Congratulations, Judi, on the newest release!

  4. I haven’t had the chance to hit the bookstores yet, but looking forward to reading WBU! And you just knew any mention of pirates and/or Johnny Depp would suck me in like a whirlpool, right? LOL! Wishing you much success with this new release!

  5. How cute! Can’t wait to read the book. I’ll be looking for it today.

  6. Congratulations, Ms. Fennel. Publishing a book is a big achievement. I wish you every success.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, folks! Adele and I had fun doing this.

  8. Judi, I added a link on my facebook to this article but here is a comment left there:

    Debbi Bailey Heise:
    Johnny is sexy no matter what role, but OMG Capt’n Jack is awesome!

    I’m a day late, but I wanted to stop by. I love Wild Blue Under. I liked the feisty Maybelle and Adele. But I admit, I absolutely LOVED Livingston!

    Wishing you much success and a NYT spot. 🙂

  9. I also think Johnny Depp is the sexiest guy in the world Hotter than anyone I have ever met in my whole life and i just can’t get over how cool he is.

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