Merman Ahoy! ~ Outside the Margins with Dean Frech

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The best kiss in the world is the one that has been exchanged a thousand times between the eyes before it reaches the lips ~ Style Estate Internet meme

I’m in the home stretch of my latest novel, Sartin. Sartin, of the pod Belzer, is a mernan who lives in a natural world. He and the other Sea People breath air, so they have to surface at least every twenty minutes. They sleep on their backs and flick their tails to stay floating on the surface like dolphins. They live in the open sea and migrate along the currents with the whales and the seasons.

Sartin is a merman looking for his spot in his world. Criticized and supported, lonely yet never alone, Sartin yearns to find his life partner and his destiny in his world. When Sartin meets a potential partner, he takes it slow and is respectful of Sommar’s youth and family. When a violent storm carries him away from Winter Cover and the world he knows, Sartin wishes he was sure that Sommar knew how much he loved him. Sartin grieves when he thinks Sommar has died in the storm.

After spending a considerable amount of time on land, Sartin realizes he doesn’t belong there either. Soon he’s reunited with Sommar and he is able to admit his love to the man he’s destined to live out his days.

Sartin’s world is a bit of an allegory of my experience as a gay man. Sure, I was supported by my family growing up, but there were some times when I didn’t feel like I had a friend in the world. I’ll never forget the first time I went to a gay bar and saw all the other people in the world who identified the same as I. This idea of loneliness and isolation is a common theme in many different situations, whether it’s being gay, transgender, dealing with alcohol and other addiction in families, dealing with health issues, etc. This is Sartin’s world and Sartin’s experience.

Check back for more information on Sartin after the beginning of the year. In the meantime, do you enjoy merman stories as much as I do? My favorite is the Merman of Ea Series by Shira Anthony. What’s yours?

~Dean Frech

About Dean Frech

With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and published by Musa Publishing in 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year by Musa.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14, 2015), and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather, and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, his hobbies include reading and patio gardening.

Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.

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