Child of an Elfin Sea
Ailis drifts across Chautauqua Lake until a cute boy pulls her from the freezing water and takes her to his parents’ home to dry off and warm up. Allie doesn’t remember her family, where she’s from, or even her last name. But she just spent hours beneath the water and dreams of an emerald sea.
The girl’s DNA matches that of a runaway named Ellis, so she’s returned to her family. They think Ellis is a boy, though, one with gender issues. Certainly not a mermaid.
As long as Ellie can be near the water, she’s happy, and by the time the Reid family realizes that Ellis is now one of the Fair Folk, they love her and don’t care what changed their son. But how do they raise a child who is clearly not human? And how do they keep Ellie’s true identity a secret?
...a Christian writing about intersex
Lianne's father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in an environment filled with love and good books. Frail and tiny, she shared toys and clothes with a sister three years her junior.
While seeking answers to her own genetic anomalies, Lianne met a family whose daughter was born with one testis and one ovary. As a result of that encounter she spent more than ten years answering inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of such children.
Lianne and her husband live a small town north of Nashville, where she writes, tutors, and performs volunteer work.