A story of love, betrayal…and fish!

deeper2Deeper – a dark, modern fairytale of love and revenge…

Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid (you’ve maybe seen the totally unrelated Disney film of the same name), DEEPER is the story of what really happens when a curious mer girl rescues a self-obsessed writer, living alone in his lighthouse by the sea.  What happens when she makes a pact she can’t go back on, for love of a man she barely knows?  If you think you know how it ends, you probably don’t.

Deeper is available as an e-book on Amazon and now as a paperback If you read it, don’t forget to review it – it helps!

Here’s the latest review – with thanks to the reviewer.

Mermaids. A book about mermaids, for grown-ups. Really?
Really. And an extraordinary book, too, a book full of wonder and sadness and violence. A world under the sea and on its shores so beautifully drawn, realised in such detail that you’re ten minutes into the book and you’re there, with Melur and her sisters, her misfit friend, her brutal father, the terrifying “grandmother”, a mer-cast that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading their tale.
There’s everything here, there’s magic, there’s coming-of-age, there’s clash of civilisations and Robinson Crusoe and humans, too, drawn warmly and wittily and economically and mercilessly – drawn the way that other great Australian writer Peter Carey might have drawn them.
And finally, there’s prose so smooth you don’t even notice it passing through you until you’re caught by some detail, some word or phrase so good it sits there like a rock in a stream, rippling, reflecting, making you pause, and smile, and carry on past.

A wonderful book. Read it.


  1. So we’re switching to the Barbie Mermaid? She’s pretty striking in her fashion-eesta way. 🙂

    Did you do a poll? We could even used the water as the book cover ( a shot of the background water) with a boxed-in, text/title.I could try that on my phone app. xx

    1. I liked the other mermaid better,but when I came to design the paperback cover, I needed a back and a front. The barbie mermaid didn’t fit on the back cover, it was too bright and striking compared to the other. So I switched – then had to change for all of them. Mind you, I thought the barbie mermaid was absolutely lovely too.


      1. Can I listen to this book on my iPod? I simply download there, correct? How do i “LIKE” it on FB, so we can advertise that way?

      2. I don’t know..it’s not an audio book,so maybe not! You can download it on your ipod, though, the Smashwords version. I’ll send you one later (about to head off to a meeting). FB – I’m not sure either. You can like it on my facebook page – are we connected? or the author page, you know the one, on my blog. OR you can repost it on your facebook page. OR you can like it in Goodreads – I’m about to put up an author page there, which I’ll put you on too, of course!


  2. Congrats!! Just downloaded it, and will add it to my (sadly, long) reading queue! I thoroughly enjoyed your other one, and I look forward to this one as well.

  3. … I broke my g/f’s kindle. Dropped it on the floor while I was bringing in the groceries. Will make ze purchase when I buy her a new one. (And good job on the writing of it. Long process? Or hobbit like? (What?))

    1. Longish process. Not as long as the one before! Bad luck about the kindle, though. It’ll be in hard copy soon (soft hard copy?) but that’s more expensive, sadly!


  4. Reblogged this on iamnotshe and commented:
    Please buy JT’s book! She allowed me the great honor of doing the cover art. BUT, you should buy the book because she is a FABULOUS writer and a karma goddess! xx

    1. thank you VERY much! And if you like it, you could do me an additional favour by sharing it on Goodreads and/or Facebook (or reviewing it). But just buying it would be lovely!


      1. I’m sure I’ll love it. (started it last night) I don’t really do FB, but I’ll try my best to review it somehow for ya!!!

      2. Goodreads or Amazon will do it. I wouldn’t do facebook either if I didn’t ‘have’ to market – it’s very boring!


    1. Thanks, Mel (Iamnotshe) did two wonderful paintings. The other is even more beautiful, in its way – I’ll feature it soon, as it’ll be the back cover of the printed version.


  5. This is a wonderful, wonderful achievement 🙂 How did I miss it?!

    Love the storyline – very YOU. Good luck, good luck.

  6. I’m about halfway through Deeper now and I’m overwhelmed. It’s touching, lyrical, ominous, all at once. I will be reviewing it as soon as I finish it. I love the voice of your narrator. The only thing I can think of to compare it to is C. S. Lewis’ “Till We Have Faces”

    1. Wow, I’m so happy that you said that, as an independent reader – ie not my relative! That is simply the best compliment I’ve ever got. Thank you, Misha!!!!


  7. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    A wonderful new retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid.” Check it out. Deeper..written by Ms. Jane Thompson.

    DEEPER is the story of what really happens when a curious mer girl rescues a self-obsessed writer, living alone in his lighthouse by the sea. When she makes a pact she can’t go back on, for love of a man she barely knows. If you think you know how it ends, you probably don’t.

    Deeper is available as an e-book on Amazon and Smashwords. If you read it, don’t forget to review it – it helps!

  8. Reblogged this on Oh I DO Blather on, don't I?!? and commented:
    Rose gave me the honor of reading her book in draft form, and I LOVED it! Well, it’s out now, and I suggest you all read it too. Dark, engrossing, and a wee bit Gaimin-ish (in feel only, the author definitely has her own style, she’s a fabulous writer!) I think this belongs on everyones nightstand, and it would be eerily perfect for beach-side reading!

  9. I am a bit embarressed but i did download your book for free at amazon but have every intention to purchase a hard copy when I am able. I have been following your writing for over a year and i’m so happy for this release. I look forward to reading and commenting when completed reading. Thank you for giving me the oppertunity to read your works,

    1. Don’t be embarrassed at all, I’m actually really really glad that I have some readers. And I feel very flattered that you’ve been following my writing for that long – you must like it, and if you do, I’m very happy.


  10. Yes, everything was beautiful in mermaidland until we learned the truth in Pirates of the Caribbean. Now The Little Mermaid will never be the same. The only drawback is that I’ll have to read Deeper now.

  11. Great review.

    But if truth be told, I would like to retain the flavour of Disney’s Little Mermaid. Which would mean that I rather not read this one, exciting and mysterious though it seems.


    1. The Disney fairytale did. Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale didn’t – the mermaid died, having made a pact which she basically lost.


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