In no particular order. Except the last one
5. Coral were his Bones was the first book I slid into a human non-human POV and have it just work. Finn is human and he isn’t. He wants what he wants even if he can’t articulate it and he has to do what he has to do even if a human could never understand. But what he aches for is 100% human. Finn’s sea lion POV was so much fun to write, especially when he was swimming or dealing with other selkies.
4. It shows my love for the west coast. Despite being born and raised in the north and living in second sunniest city in Canada, I’m from BC stock. Visiting my grandaunt’s condo overlooking Horseshoe Bay is where I realized wealth was having a wall of windows between you and where cruise ships sail past. There wasn’t a summer vacation where we didn’t pile in the car and drive from Slave Lake to visit multiple sets of extended family.
3. Finn’s relationship with his non-sexual partners. Finn and Devon are predestined for each other and they’ve both always known that so it isn’t a will they or won’t they. The tension of whether Finn will turn into dog-drool slime mold if he can’t break free of his curse holds the story together. There doesn’t need to be interpersonal conflict between the characters. The relationships in this work are probably the best writing I’d ever done to this point and I wouldn’t change a thing about it today.
2. I debated as to the amount of backbone to give Finn a great deal which lead to me finding my groove with dual POV. I was a ride or die one protag, one book until I started…Angela Fiddler started writing ebooks. But this story had to be double POV because Finn was too passive to carry the story in the beginning. He’s a fae creature in the shape of a human than a human who can turn into a seal and his will had been broken. He does find a backbone soon enough and until he has one, he has Devon to lean on.
1. Deuteragonists are awesome. The amount of tension, dramatic or otherwise, that can be built up when the reader and the characters understand things out of order is amazingly fun to play with. It leads to some amazing moments where you can show everything to the reader for them to put everything together while leaving the protagonist who saw the exact same thing clueless.
And Eddie. Eddie is Devon’s dad. He’s the parent you need at least one of your friends to have if you have any chance of surviving a harrowing childhood. Devon had as much chance of luring Finn out of his terror of needing anyone for anything as he would have calling over a timid sea creature. But Eddie did what Eddie does so Finn had his safe place to harbour.
(harbour seals are jerks.)