Friday, September 11, 2020

This week in The Loft: Author Alice Renaud!

Joining me today in The Loft is UK-based author Alice Renaud. Alice writes paranormal and fantasy romance, entertaining readers with tales of shapeshifting mermen, water demons, and time-traveling sea witches. Her fascination with mermen began as a child in Brittany, France, when she spotted a group of men emerge from the sea in wetsuits, with palms on their feet. It wasn't  difficult for her imagination to begin spinning tales about shape-shifting mermen with webbed hands and feet. By day, Alice is a compliance manager with a pharmaceutical company. She lives in London with her husband and son.

Author Alice Renaud

S. Welcome, Alice! Thanks for joining me today.

Why did you become a writer?

A:  I think I became a writer because I loved stories. As a child I soaked up stories, in films, on TV, in the tales my parents and grandparents told me, but above all in books. I was a voracious reader. I always made up my own stories in my head and when I played with my toys. I had an entire universe on the floor of the living room, where beads were Elves and buttons, humans, and little plastic animals were huge, intelligent, talking creatures. Most people grow out of that sort of thing, but I never did. Eventually, I became a writer because it’s one of the ways for an adult to create stories without seeming completely mad.

S:  Do you write full or part-time? Do you have another job/other responsibilities? 

A:  I don’t have as much time to write as I would like, because I work full-time and have a family. I have to be very focused when I write to make the most of the precious writing time. I write mostly short stories and novellas. It’s partly by inclination, and partly because if I wrote doorstep novels, it would take me years to produce one book.

S:  (Chuckles.) Exactly. My stories are short because I don't have the time to produce lengthy tomes. I also don't have the patience to read a long novel nor the patience to write one.

Did you undergo any sort of educational or other preparation/training to become a writer?

A:  Initially, no. I just wrote what was in my head. That was a mistake, because I needed to learn the craft. Once I realized that, I did a lot of online courses and workshops. Dozens of them. I also read books about writing and got myself two great critique partners.

S:  Did you have a mentor when you became a writer?

A:  No, but I had a wonderful teacher, Laurie Sanders. She really taught me how to write a story that was good enough to be published. She is still my editor and always gives me good ideas for my books. Now, I also have a publisher, Ric Savage at Black Velvet Seductions, and other authors, especially the ones who also publish with BVS.

S:  What is your favorite thing about writing romance?

A:  The happy ending. I hate stories that end badly. Everyone deserves a happily ever after.

S:  (Nods.) Happy endings are important, especially when in real life, it seems like few are available.

Why did you write this book? What was your inspiration?

A:  The book, "Desire Me Again," is a collection of second chance at love stories by a bunch of wonderfully talented authors at Blavk Velvet Seductions. We collaborated last year on an anthology of paranormal romance stories, "Mystic Desire," and really enjoyed it, so this year we decided to do another anthology. We all love the trope of second chance romance, so that is the theme we chose. My story, "The Holiday Mermaid," is the fourth story in my Sea of Love universe. The Sea of Love series follows the lives and loves of shape shifting mermen and mermaids. Each book is a standalone story featuring a different couple, and is set in a different season. Book 1, "A Merman’s Choice," is set in spring. Book 2, "Music for a Merman," is a summer story. Book 3, "Mermaids Marry in Green," takes place in autumn. I wanted the fourth to be a Christmas story. So, "The Holiday Mermaid" became a seasonal second chance fantasy romance tale.

S:  Is there anything about this book that makes it special to you? To readers?

A:  I have always wanted to write a Christmas story set by the sea, with a mermaid and a shape shifting unicorn. My childhood Christmases were spent by the sea, in my family home in Brittany, and I wanted to recapture something of that double magic--a special place by the ocean, and a very special time of year. I hope readers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

S:  Tell me more about "The Holiday Mermaid."

A:  Sure, here's the blurb--

Adam fell for surfer girl Rowena the second he saw her. But just as their summer fling was becoming serious, she left him without any explanation. Now, with Christmas just a few days away, she’s back… and Adam discovers that she’s a shape-shifting mermaid, from a Clan that hates humans. Can he love her as she is? Can she brave her family to be with Adam for good, not just for Christmas?

S:  (Grins.) Darn family always gets in the way, don't they?

Where can readers buy the anthology?

A:  It's available from Amazon--

S:  Alice, thanks so much for joining me today! If you'd like to learn more about Alice and her books, visit--


  1. Thank you for hosting me and my mermaids today, Seelie!

  2. Alice I like your comment around writing a novel. I can relate it does take me on average 3 years to write a 100K novel.

  3. I enjoyed reading your interview, Alice. I like happy endings too. :)

  4. Great interview.
    Yes, Happy Ever After for me too.
    I love your stories.

  5. Thank you Carol Estelle and Callie!

  6. I’m so looking forward to reading this anthology. Love your mermen and mermaids Alice!

  7. Great interview. I can't wait to read the next Mermen book.

  8. Yes a really great interview Seelie, and Alice. I always love to hear more about authors and their way of looking at stories, I find it fascinating.

  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one who made stories using toys *lol*. I used to create Lego houses and used marbles as people. The large one was the dad, the medium the mom and the small marbles were the kids.

    I look forward to reading your story in the anthology. :)

    1. Patricia that is so funny. In my world the Lego pieces were flying horses and the marbles ice giants!

  10. I love Christmas stories, and The Holiday Mermaid sounds lovely! Looking forward to reading it.

    Glad you found an outlet for your 'madness' :) lol