Tricia Rayburn grew up on the East End of Long Island and always was drawn to the water. She learned how to swim in the Long Island Sound and spent many summers at the beach. But she never went near the open ocean, even though it was only a few minutes away from her home. Spooked by her mother’s stories of being dragged out by riptides and the horrors of the film Jaws (inspired by the true story of a fellow Long Islander), it wasn’t until after she’d graduated from college and returned home that Tricia set foot on an ocean beach.
To this day, she is wary of the water and afraid of being stung, bitten, or trampled by the waves. And yet, she can’t help being drawn to the sea.
Tricia is the author of Ruby’s Slippers and the Maggie Bean series, as well as the Siren trilogy: Siren, Undercurrent, and Dark Water. You can visit her online at www.triciarayburn.com.