Song of the Sea

Saltwater Secrets Book 1: Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea - Jade Varden

I love fantasy stories. All different kinds. One of my favorite stories from my childhood, that I've never found since, was a book I checked out from the library about a princess and a dodo bird. I don't remember the plot, but I remember loving it. 

Most of the fantasy books that are popular these days have to do with the "undead." Vampires. Werewolves. Zombies. And a plethora of other creatures that I've never heard of before. 

I love the opportunity to read a refreshing fantasy about a type of being that I rarely hear about. Jade Varden offers that in her Saltwater Secrets series. It's a tale of mermen, selkies, and adolescent youth trying to determine their place in this newly discovered strange world. 

What's brilliant about writing underwater fantasies is that the vast majority of our oceans are undiscovered. I still hold out slight hope that there are actual mermaids down there! 

Varden puts together this beautifully colorful and vividly imaginative world that immediately draws you in. I was entranced from the first chapter and enjoyed every twist and turn. And I'm anxious to see where the plans she has for her world and characters. 

So if you're looking for your new fantasy series, I highly recommend Varden's work! 

Some Bio Information

Jade Varden writes young adult novels for teen readers. When she’s not crafting mysteries in her books, Jade also blogs practical writing tips for authors who self-publish. Jade currently makes her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she enjoys reading and reviewing indie books by other self-published authors. Follow her on Twitter @JadeVarden. Visit Jade’s blog at for reviews, writing tips, self-publishing advice and everything else you ever wanted to know about reading and writing books. 

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1. Do you prefer selkies or merfolk? 

Tough question! If I had to choose one to be, personally I’d go with the selkies. They’re faster in the water and they look more terrifying. I think I’d like to look terrifying. 

2. I have a feeling that Brenna will see her mother again. . .any hints on that? 

I can tell you that in the second book, Brenna will see many people who were in the first book but not all of them. 

3. Was there an inciting incident that led to you becoming a writer? 

Yes. I fell in love with reading, hard, one specific day. I still remember the moment very well. I really identified with the character in the book and it touched me in such a way that I knew I had no other choice in life but to create stories. 

4. What character do you relate to the most? 

Right now, I relate to Brenna the most because I’ve felt that sense of not fitting in even when I’m trying really hard.

5. Where do you draw your inspiration? 

I like to ask “what if?” What if mermaids were real? What if a normal girl could see all the secrets in the ocean? How would what happen, what would that be like? For me, it always starts with a lot of questions. 

6. Can you describe your writing process? 

After I get an initial idea, I’ll start doing some research to find out more about the setting or the situation I’m thinking about. From here, I’ll start to work up my outline and really begin to focus that idea. Of course, the outline changes throughout the process as I do more research and get deeper into the story, but it always helps me to have a rough guideline to follow. 

7. Who is your favorite author?  

V.C. Andrews. She’s the one who wrote that first book that really inspired me.