Everyone welcome M.R. Merrick! (Crowd goes wild, screaming fans, girls crying)
He's the phenomenal author behind one of my favorite reads this year, Exiled!
Since he's my first male author interview I had to approach things differently...so that means no "who's the hottest guy" questions, or if he goes for Bad Boys or Sweethearts. But I was able to get some very valuables information from him! See for yourself!
So, just to break the ice, what did you have for breakfast?
I don't eat breakfast, unless you count coffee, in which case: coffee. Although, as a self-proclaimed cereal enthusiast, I believe cereal is an acceptable substitute for all meals.
Did your inspiration for Exiled come from anywhere specific? Or did it just happen one day?
I used to write as a means of venting, never anything specific, just whatever came to mind. After a particularly rough week, I wanted an escape. I didn't want to vent my own frustration however; I wanted to disappear into another world.
I've had a long running obsession with the idea of being able to manipulate the elements, so I took that obsession and created characters and a world around it. After a long night of writing, I realized there was something special on the pages.
After reading Exiled, I’m highly anticipating the rest of the series. How many books do you see in it?
As it stands right now, there will be three, but about halfway through the first draft of Shift (the second book in the series), some cogs started turning. I have to do some major outlining, but if things go well, the series may run six.
Who would you rather have in a fight with you? Chase or Rayna?
That's tough…but I'm going with Rayna. I'm too much like Chase. We would likely end up fighting with each other.
Which author(s) out there do look up to, or admire?
J.K. Rowling is definitely an inspiration. Her writing is great, and her world building is phenomenal.
Fighting Vampire or Demon?
When it comes to the world I've created, demon is a very broad category, I'm going with vampire. Except Vincent. I don't want to fight him.
Pancakes or Waffles?
Waffles, strawberries, whip cream, and an unnatural amount of syrup, unless the pancakes are made into shapes. It's hard to turn away from a Mickey Mouse shaped pancake.
Garden Gnomes or Lawn Flamingos?
Gnomes. After watching Gnomeo and Juliet, flamingos just don't seem very cool.
Classic Disney or Pixar Animation?
Lion King is my favorite, but as a whole, I'm going with Pixar. I love so much of what they create.
Now that you've learned inner workings of M.R.'s brain, it's time to giveaway some TOTALLY awesome stuff!
To enter to win an e-copy of Exiled just fill this form out!
Contest IS international and will run until Wednesday, August 24th.
Winner will be announced on the 25th, GOOD LUCK!!