BioM.S. Kaminsky (Michael Sean–that’s me–but almost everyone calls me Sean) writes YA and new adult suspense thrillers with twists of fantasy, mystery and fabulism. I aim to give readers the suspense and surprises I got reading Gillian Flynn’s "Gone Girl," the strong characters and action of "The Hunger Games" and the mystery and paranormal thrills of Neil Gaiman’s "The Ocean at the End of The Lane". (why not aim high?)
My most recent release, "The Mermaid Curse Mystery Series" is a gripping paranormal suspense thriller that spans generations of women. Alabaster Island is the prequel to the series followed by Book One, "The Atlantis Twins". Please read the books in any order you fancy. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my husband Gerry Beekman and "The Atlantis Twins" is my first full-length novel. Please stop reading here unless you’d like to read a few further thoughts on writing.
For me writing often seems like an excavation of the vaults of my mind. I coax out forgotten experiences, dreams, imaginings and whatever else might lurk and surprise. I sometimes think back to an experience I had volunteering on an archaeological dig in Scotland years ago. We were excavating a medieval church with an even older church beneath. Indiana Jones it was not. It was stupendously boring; like dusting the world’s dirtiest room with an extra-soft toothbrush. My mind wandered constantly. I imagined the people who had walked those church grounds and a short story arose from that. Writing often happens that way for me: brushing away tedious mind dust to uncover the glittering, dancing gems of ideas hidden beneath. At least one hopes.
Sometimes it’s the emotion of an event that sticks with me and inspires a scene. I will never forget snorkeling above chirping dolphins off the coast of Maui. I kicked as hard as I could to keep up with them as I swam further and further from the dive boat. Then I noticed that my dolphin pals weren’t frolicking, they were fleeing. Seconds later, I saw it: a giant shark swam directly beneath me. I yanked my face out of the water. Everyone else had escaped back to the boat. “Shark! Come back! Come back!” our divemaster shouted. It was the longest swim of my life. But I still have my limbs intact and this ended up inspiring a scene in The Atlantis Twins.
You took the time to read all the way to the end of my bio…it’s a busy world out there – thank you. Is there anything else you’d like to know? I’m here. Just ask.
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The Atlantis Twins: The Mermaid Curse Book One M.S. Kaminsky
Seventeen-year-old Alysa Grey is certain her twin sister is alive, even though Hawaii Search and Rescue gave up long ago. When she meets Nate, a handsome surfer, he offers her a chance for pre-summer escape. Alysa convinces her best friend Charlie to sneak away with her to Hina, where Nate lives with a mysterious group called the Ocean Alliance. But Nate is not who he seems, and Alysa ends up on a dangerous voyage. She discovers that her unusual powers and lost sister are connected to a sinister force determined to destroy her. As she uncovers her past, a shocking revelation upends the world she thought she knew. Everything will depend on Alysa embracing her truth, no matter how painful.
Alabaster Island: The Mermaid Curse Prequel M.S. Kaminsky
Seventeen-year-old Marei lives on Alabaster Island, a remote tropical isle inhabited by twenty-one families. The island and its strange customs are all that Marei and her friends know. For years, Marei dreaded The Binding. On that day, each teen must write his or her choice of life mate. But with childhood sweetheart drowned long ago, Marei has no boy in mind. And so she leaves her paper blank. When a handsome teen from the mainland becomes stranded after a supply drop, Marei falls in love. Her secret plan to flee becomes an obsession. Now Marei must confront the shocking reality that lies beneath island life. The choices she makes threaten to upend her fate and that of her island community forever...but only if she can escape alive.