The story behind the story is that the idea of an underwater world fell into my mind on January 1st, 2015. It was a freezing-cold morning in Canada, and I wished I could escape into tropical waters. But it was too expensive to book a last-minute flight, so I decided to escape in my mind. With a cup of tea in hand, I started inventing an underwater world.
In the years since, I became so fascinated by the deep blue that I learned all I could about its swirling depths. I snorkeled, scuba-dived, swam with sharks, and pored over books and countless articles about the ocean. I also gave my imagination free rein.
Fast-forwarding to today, I am excited to announce that my project of passion and imagination, The Oyster Thief, will be released in October!
Here’s the story: When a mermaid and human man meet, they are forced to overcome their intrinsic enmity to embark on a quest into the depths of the sea for a legendary elixir. The Oyster Thief is an adventure, a mystery, a love story, while also featuring themes of ocean conservation.
The book has received an endorsement from Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper: “Sonia Faruqi had me at the word ‘mermaid.’ The Oyster Thief creates a lush, imaginary underwater world that somehow manages to reinforce the reality of the need for environmental awareness—it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read.”
I am excited to announce that my publisher Pegasus Books is offering prizes for early bird purchasers. Those who pre-order in the three weeks from today, Mon, Aug 27, to Sun, Sep 16 will be entered into a contest to win one of three fabulous prizes:
- A gift basket of chocolates, cookies, and other delicious edibles
- An ocean spa collection of fragrant soaps, creams, and salts
- A beautiful, rare, ocean-themed wall clock
Every pre-ordered copy can be considered a ticket into the contest. In addition to having a higher chance of winning, those who pre-order three or more copies will also receive a personal thank you note.
So…my question for you is, who do you know who likes curling up with a novel? Your mom, a friend, a colleague? If so, give them the gift of The Oyster Thief! It will be the gift of a book, but also the gift of a journey to a world close but distant, deep below the waves.