“Everyone knows mermaid blood is like vampire crack …”

I had a reeee-diculous amount of fun helping the brilliant Debbie Goelz with early developmental edits on this gorgeous and funny YA novel. Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them is — if you can’t tell from the title — literally swimming with all kinds of magical marine creatures, ocean-loads of of laughs, and of course vampires (who love mermaids).

It won the Watty award in 2014 and was recently released as an audiobook by Hatchette Audiobooks. This is definitely one to put on the speakers, relax back in the bath (with your mermaid crown on), and enjoy!


Sixteen-year-old mermaid, Waverly Fishwater, ends up in hot water when she sticks her fins where she shouldn’t and decides to investigate a string of mernappings. To keep her out of trouble, her parents send her to boarding school on the California coast where her classmates include not only werewolves, fairies, and minor Greek gods, but also mermaid-blood loving vampires.

If fitting in wasn’t hard enough, whoever is behind the abductions might also be polluting the bay. As she gets closer to solving the mystery, she must enlist the help of both friends and frenemies to stay afloat, before she becomes the next target for the nefarious mernapper.

Here are what some readers are saying about the book:

★★★★★ “Hilarious and Heartwarming!”

★★★★★ “I dare you not to snort with laughter!”

★★★★★ “A sweet, fantastical audiobook for MG/YA readers who love humor.”

★★★★★  “Pure Magic!!!”

★★★★★  “No mermaid tears here! Absolute must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a mermaid! Or even if, for some weird reason, you’ve never wanted to be a mermaid, it’s a rollicking great time!”

You can follow Debbie Goelz at her Twitter and Facebook. I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of her name in the bookstores near you.

Debra Goelz is a refugee from Hollywood where she served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. Her performing career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in Muppet Treasure Island. After garnering over 9 million on-line reads, her award-winning YA fantasy, Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them, was published by Hachette audio in October, 2017. In 2016 Simon & Schuster published two of her short stories in anthologies— My Love God Went to Hawaii and all I Got Was This Lousy Papaya in Once Upon Now and Redirection in Imagines. She lives in a magical redwood forest in rural Marin County.