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Interview With Author Merry Jones
Currently, I have two series going--THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE is the first Elle Harrison novel. It features Elle, a soon-to-be-divorced woman, who finds her soon-to-be-ex-husband murdered in her house. In proving her innocence, she discovers secrets dark about him and herself and becomes the target of those who don't want those secrets revealed. At the same time, her husband's spirit seems to blame her for his murder, and he's not willing to leave his death unavenged.
The other series stars Harper Jennings, a female Iraq war vet. The fourth book in that series comes out in July. Harper is on a dig (she's studied archeology) in the Middle East where she encounters a charismatic religious leader who has discovered secret Bible codes and terrorists trying to force a water shortage.
What inspired you to write it? I guess I'll talk about The Trouble with Charlie--I wanted to write about the shadowy part of life, the part where perception and reality become confusing. By creating Elle and having her struggle to sort out what's real and separate it from what she's perceiving as real was the challenge. Is Charlie's ghost actually haunting her? Or is she mourning his death so much that she's imagining him? This borderline territory is central to the book. It was a ball to write it.
What is the writing process like for you? I try to write daily, but let's face it, that's just not going to happen. So almost daily. I need to wear comfy loose clothes. No music, food or beverages around. The dog sits on my feet. I like to write in the mornings or early afternoon. I need long stretches of time--at least 3 hours; I can't write for a half hour at a time. I start by reading what I wrote the day before, tightening it, then proceeding for 3-5 pages.
What did you do before you became an author? I was in kindergarten, learning to play well with other children. Because really, I've been writing ever since. But books began twenty-ish years ago. Before that I was an independent video writer/director, working mostly for industrial clients.
How does it feel to be a published author? I don't think about it. I'm always worrying about the next book, or promoting the last--Writing is an ongoing process, never finished.
Any advice for struggling writers? Keep writing. Hear your own voice. Tell your stories. Don't give up.
Where do you see book publishing heading? Oy. I guess self-publishing is skyrocketing. And the traditional publishers still seem to favor finding a few big bestsellers over many mid-list books. Because the big houses are doing that, I think small quality publishers will grow and do well, providing both ebooks and paper books by the mid-list authors no longer being published by the big guys. Self-publishing will need support (distribution, publicity, etc) to really succeed, unless it's being done by people who already have a following (like Stephen King,etc.)