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When Life Imitates Art

It's an eerie feeling when you create a fictional world within the pages of your novel and suddenly your ideas come to life in the real world.

Siren Call, my paranormal romance, deals with mermaids and uses the "crazy" notion that humans came from them. My heroine, Serina, discovers she has ancient aquatic ties to mermaids, and soon her world is thrown upside-down. 

Very little information about this theory of our aquatic ties to mermaids existed when I wrote the story. I had a blast doing research reading old maritime tomes as I looked to the past to create vivid descriptions of an underwater mermaid kingdom for today. This ancient aquatic theory made for great material for fiction.

It is fiction...right?

Perhaps.

Animal Planet is premiering its new feature May 27, "Mermaids: The Body Found." It's part of Monster Week and is garnering a lot of media attention. The two-hour special is based on evidence and true events, pointing to the theory that humans have ancient aquatic ties to mermaids.

Just like my work of fiction, Siren Call.

Freaky. Cue the Twilight Zone music now.

When your imaginary world and the real world collide like this, you're left a little startled...and intrigued.

So, what about you? Have you ever written a work of fiction only to see parts of it played out in life? How did you feel?