Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Call Number

PS3613.E257 E84 2018

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Robert V. S. Redick

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Hand

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


This creative thesis is from the first book of a planned trilogy. It is the beginning third of a young adult, dark fantasy novel about a secondary, drowning world. Merfolk and humans have been at conflict for centuries over territory and resources. When an angry ocean goddess wakes after a thousand years of slumber, both societies are threatened. The races are forced to work together to solve their environmental and fantastical perils.

We see the island and water worlds though an alternating point of view. The two male point of view characters, one human and the other merfolk, become attracted to each other as they try to find and build a new home.