A bird may love a fish, signore…but where would they live?
Then I shall have to make you wings.

– Ever After (1998)

Inspired by that one line, I had visions of an owl holding a mermaid by the waist, soaring just over the tops of the waves. After a few sketches, the final 17″ x 8″ illustration was born including the addition of my daughter as a ladybug. The story came much later.

After mulling the image around in my head for several months, I decided it needed a story.

My husband and I met online in March of 2005 while playing a video game. By June we were the best of friends and he flew out from Arizona for my daughter’s 4th birthday and to meet me face-to-face. That was all it took. My daughter and I were in love. A month and a half later saw him moving to Florida to be with us. Our wedding anniversary is September 30th and we plan to renew our vows with our extended family for our 10 year anniversary.

There’s a lot of day-to-day normal mixed with little miracles. Every day brings with it a new way for me to fall in love with him and my daughter is our constant muse. This book is for them. They are my magic.

The Owl and the Mermaid is a living fairytale.

The Owl and the Mermaid was originally inspired by a movie quote. An illustration first, then a story, the book has been a labor of love inspired by my own living fairy tale.

My husband Val and I met in the most unconventional of ways more than 15 years ago, online through a video game. Since then we have built a life of love, creativity, and the belief that anything can happen.