Beneath the Deep...meet author Andrea Chatman
Dear Readers: Many of you know I am rather keen on most things from the UK including the Loch Ness Monster. When I found Andrea Chatman's book: Beneath the Deep I was pulled right in because she believes there are things out there... beneath the deep. If you need to shake your world up a little bit this winter, give Andrea's book a try.
Andrea: What inspired you to write Beneath the Deep? Great question! I love sea monster books and legends, but I haven’t found any fiction novels which approach the science from the Creation Science point of view. As a kid, I really wanted a book like this. So – as Toni Morrison advised - “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it”.
Did you have to do a lot of research or were these facts you just had? A bit of both. I am a scientist by trade (geologist and disaster scientist). I love to learn how things works, and I follow a lot of scientists who study the deep sea. Some of it – like the computer modeling – are things I knew. Others – like the AUVs and deep sea things, I had to research. Like my characters Daniel Smithson and Morgan Sullivan, I collect sea monster legends. All of the legends mentioned in the book are fairly well known. I also love the MonsterQuest tv show, where scientists try to figure out the truth behind the legend. How do you know how to write to put someone on the edge of their seat? I read a lot of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys when I was a kid. Every chapter ended with a cliff hanger that kept me reading long after I was supposed to be asleep. I incorporated the style into my own writing. It keeps me engaged as a reader and a writer. Where do you live? Has this influenced your writing?