A Brief Interview-Christina Mercer

I’ve been tagged by lovely fellow author Lynn Carthage (pen name) to answer a few interview questions. So, here goes:

  1.  What are you working on now?

Well, I have a couple of projects going at the moment that I am super excited about. One is a Young Adult Paranormal about a teen girl mixed up in a dangerous brew of family dysfunction, a murderous coven, and love (oh yeah!). The other project is a fun co-authored (with one of my fav creative peeps!) Science Fiction geared toward the New Adult audience.

  1. How does your work differ from others’ work in the same genre?

All authors are unique in their own special ways, just as every person is a unique individual. That combination of interests, personality, and hard-core knowledge is what sets each author apart. For me, I know and love herbs, honey bees, and mythology (especially mythology that focuses on nature), so I incorporate elements from those in the stories I write. Hmm… I also know accounting, so maybe one day I’ll write a story about an accountant fairy who keeps books for a hive of honey bees 🙂

  1. Why do you write what you do?

This question points to the previous answer. I get excited and also know lots about what interests me, so bringing life to a girl in a Celtic-inspired land  who communes with trees (ARROW OF THE MIST & its sequel ARMS OF ANU) OR writing about a girl honey-bee-charmer whose ancestor was created by a goddess on an ancient Greek island (HONEY QUEEN) is great fun! Writing for kids and teens also speaks about the inner kid in me who loves to come out and play!

  1. How does your writing process work?

I tend to write better in a quiet environment and I love, love, LOVE plenty of tea, hot or cold, always nearby. Sometimes I will jot things down on actual paper first, and then type it out. Other times, I just go for it on the keyboard. But I do like to have at a rough outline of sorts ahead of time for the overall points. Writing in chunks and then taking a break also works best for me. It’s almost like once I pour out a chunk, I need to do something to let it “settle” for a bit. So, I’ll work on other projects (non-writing stuff) or have a snack or check emails, etc. The challenge is getting back to the novel writing without letting those breaks take me away overlong, or even for the rest of the day.

Well, that about sums it up! Thank you to Lynn, for asking 🙂

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