Author Mercy DeSimone #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Mercy DeSimone

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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Hmmm…. what would someone really want to know? I’m from the East Coast of the US.
As a kid, I lived for my weekly allowance when I was able to go to the bookstore and buy a brand new book.
The name on my Starbucks card is Caffeinista and I like drinks that have 5 shots of espresso. I’m a foodie and have a Pinterest board dedicated to Food Porn and Budget Wines for Wine Snobs. My pen name is derived from 2 of my cats – Mercy and Simon. In my former career I traveled extensively for business. Consequently, I’ve visited at least 44 of the 50 contiguous United States.
I’m a bit of a chameleon and I’m constantly trying to reinvent myself. And in the private sector I run a high end salon and have been nicknamed “spellcheck”. Oh, and I have a passion for music and can usually be tracked by my incessant humming.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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I don’t consider myself an author so much as a storyteller. In my previous career I spent much of my time as a verbal storyteller. I have no fear of public speaking. I had joked for years with people about writing a book just about the ridiculous things that have happened to me during the course of my life and careers. In my senior year of high school I took four English classes to avoid having to take Chemistry. Despite all of that, I think I was as surprised as everyone when I sat down one day and actually put words on paper, and then kept adding more.
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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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My first book was a crime of opportunity. Chloe Gunter and I met when we acting as betas for a new author. She wrote a one chapter short that she shared with a few of us from a funny RHRA thread, and I wrote a follow up chapter as a joke to continue
the story. I really expected someone else to pick up the next chapter after mine. Instead, Chloe demanded that I write the book with her and I agreed to try it as an experiment. As someone who used to travel a lot on business, I had a special affinity for our MC, Katie, and the lifestyle of a woman who lives for her work and has to navigate the games of the corporate world.
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What are you working on now?

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I’m currently in the midst of writing a sci-fi RH story which is taking me longer than anticipated. Normally I’m more of a pantser… but I’m feeling compelled to really outline a story that depends heavily on world-building. And sometimes it’s difficult
to find time to write while juggling a demanding full-time job. But if all goes as planned, this will be a three book arc, with the first book dropping this Spring. I’ve reserved a table at PennedCon for 2020 so the pressure is on to be ready and finish
all three books by then.
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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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There must be music when I write. My life has a soundtrack: in the car, at work, at home, there is always music. It heavily influences my mood. I prefer to write on my MacBook and I usually start off with coffee to get the ideas flowing. I’m really trying
to learn how to become more disciplined at getting the work flowing in a way that I’m more consistent and productive with my writing time. Some people create mood boards for their stories – I write playlists. In fact, I’ve been known to write playlists for
other writer’s books as well.
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What are your hopes for the future?

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I hope to turn out stories that I’m proud of, and that people enjoy reading. My biggest goal right now is to finally meet in person my inner circle of writer friends. And I really want to hold a formal print version of a book I’ve written in my hands
and smell the pages.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

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1. If you have the opportunity, beta for another writer first. It will give you an inside peek at the process and help you understand what it takes from not just the writing side, but the business and marketing side as well. Be sure to be respectful and
bring value. Which brings us to…

2. Find mentors. I’ve been blessed to have amazing mentors, who incidentally were writers I beta’d for. ‘K’ was a new writer who is now a true rising star. ‘A’ was an established writer who I harassed until she let me on her team. I now get to alpha
and beta for people I admire and in turn, I get advice and a master class on writing.

3. Find your tribe! You must have a support group. My immediate tribe consists of other betas and writers at different stages of the process. Some are truly on the fast track and some are building slowly, but everyone is incredibly supportive with ideas,
advice, technical info. And the craziest part is that most of us are purely virtual friends and have never met in person. The bulk of our interactions occur through Messenger or Discord. But we hope to remedy that very soon.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

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Keep reading! Anything and everything. Reading has always been one of the greatest pleasures of my life and if there’s anything that thrills me, it’s watching people fall down the rabbit hole of a great story, whether it’s mine or someone else’s.
And to the amazing readers who follow my group, thanks for hanging out with me! I hope my words give you even a fraction of the thrill I feel reading stories by my favorite authors. Remember, we’re all stories in the end…

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Author Chloe Gunter #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Chloe Gunter

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an escape room enthusiast, stay-at-home mom of three, and reverse harem writer who enjoys trolling my husband.

While I have degrees in Art History, Information Systems, and Library Science, I don’t use any of them except for random tidbits of information that help me at trivia night and in my writing.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Absolutely not. I’ve always been a reader, never confident enough that I had a story worth telling. Then one day there was this hilarious post in RHRA and I wrote this short about it jokingly, which a lot of people loved. Mercy DeSimone loved it so much, she messaged me a second chapter, and the co-writing thing just kind of took of from there. Ultimately, that turned into Railed.

Now, I’m just writing things that I would want to read. Which honestly, is half the fun.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The current release I have coming up is A Pinch of Sass, which I co-wrote with Jarica James. I love the holidays, and St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. We were chatting one day and I said ‘What if three burly Irishmen shifted into three wee leprechauns?’ The ideas snowballed from there and it turned into a hilarious standalone that I absolutely adore.

What are you working on now?

I’m finally working on my first solo debut book, The Rites: Ethos Society Part One. It’s about a kick ass former FBI profiler who gets recruited into a secret society and everything that goes on subsequently. It’s funny, suspenseful, and has a dash of mindfuck. I’m shooting for a May release.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t write linearly. I write the scenes and sections that speak to me the most, the ones that I have to get out first. Then I go back and connect all the dots and add in the details.

What are your hopes for the future?

That they finally release the last season of Game of Thrones before I forget everything that has happened.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

My two pieces of advice would be to be proud of what you produce, and to find your tribe. In regards to the former, there will be trolls to your work. It’s a sad part of life that some people feel the need to put others down. At the end of the day, if you love what you’ve written, if you’re proud of the hard work you’ve put into it, then that’s what matters.

Which leads me to my next point of finding your tribe. Surround yourself with people that not only support you, but inspire you as well. I have a solid group of women that I talk to daily that I met in the RH community and I’m forever thankful to them for all their love and laughs.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you! Not only for reading my work, but for reaching out to me and for interacting with me over in Gunter Grove (Facebook group). You guys make writing that much more enjoyable.

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Railed

Railed: Declan’s Playroom

A Pinch of Sass

Lucky Between the Sheets

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