Interview with Mercedes Yardley
The Blog Ring of Power Presents...
Today we have an interview with author Mercedes M. Yardley. This is another one of those cases where I had been seeing a book all over the blog-o-sphere that captured my attention. I love the cover of this book! So I reached out to Mercedes to see if I could lure her onto the BRoP, and here she is. Welcome Mercedes! Feel free to leave a comment or question for Mercedes below, and when you're done here, pop on over to the other BRoP sites to read the rest of the interview.
BRoP: Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?
Mercedes: I wrote stories in elementary school. I remember reading them to the class and entering writing contests. But the first piece I sold as an adult was a flash fiction piece called “Show Your Bones.” It was a story talking about the beauty culture in contemporary society. I’m still proud of it.
BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
Mercedes: Oh my goodness! My first thought was, “I don’t know if I do.” But I think that time for self-doubt has passed. I always thought that when I sold a piece for money, I’d feel like a pro. And then it was when I got an agent. That happened, but I still felt new. Then I thought it I’d feel like a professional writer when I sold my first book, or my first series. I just debuted my first novel and series, and I quit the magazine I was working for in order to dedicate myself to being a full-time novelist. You know what? I think I’m a professional writer.
BRoP: What genre do you write?
Mercedes: I write dark fantasy and whimsical horror. Fairytales with a high body count, mostly. Beautiful, dark things.
BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Mercedes: I love to write about monsters who love. I really like to take terrible characters, like Jack the Ripper and other serial killers, and see if I can make them sympathetic. I love to explore broken characters and see if I can find a way to make them whole. Hold them tight enough that maybe their shattered pieces fuse back together. Or I let them be the monsters they are. It depends how the story goes.
BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Mercedes: Ideally, I always wanted to act or do voiceover work. I thought that would be a lot of fun. I’m delving into narrating audiobooks now, and that’s immensely fulfilling. It’s like combining both of those loves!
What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
Where can readers can stalk you:
Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Ragnarok Publications
NAMELESS: Luna Masterson sees demons. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.
Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’
After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.
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This is part one of a five-part interview. Be sure to check out the other BRoP sites for the rest of the interview:
Part 2 @ T.W. Fendley
Part 3 @ Emily LaBonte
Part 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon
Part 5 @ Vicki Lemp Weavil
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