Interview with Merita King

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Hampshire, England. My environment didn't really influence my writing, but my upbringing and family background did. My family and upbringing was what you might call, dysfunctional and this led to me learning pretty quickly to withdraw inside myself. I developed a very strong creativity that helped me in many ways, from helping to keep me sane during the traumas of abuse, autism and other such things, to giving me a world to live in, inside my head, where I could be great, loved and where I could make a difference.
When did you first start writing?
I first tried to write stories when I was a teenager, but I never had the knowledge or skill to make them 'big enough' to be full length stories. I never lost the ability to be inspired for plots and story lines though, and finally, in June 2011, I started to write one evening and didn't leave the computer until 4 am. My first book was born.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I write space opera and my latest novel is in this vein, but with a romantic storyline. You might call it the typical boy loves girl from afar but is too shy to tell her, girl loves boy but is also too shy to tell him, girl leaves without telling anyone, boy runs after girl to find her and has adventures along the way. All of this in a science fiction, space opera environment of course.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like to be in control of everything. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and control freak, in a good way of course, and indie publishing gives me total control. I feel proud of having done everything except the cover art myself and don't want to give that up. There is no benefit to being traditionally published these days and every day I hear another story of an author being ripped off by their publisher and that scares me. I'm happy being indie and can't see myself seeking a trad publisher in the foreseeable future.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to get my work to many different places on the internet that I wouldn't be able to reach on my own. They take the work out of formatting for the different devices and all the hassle that entails. I just have to format once and they do the hard work. The distribution is fantastic and I can set my own price, even free, as with my first novel, if I want to. The instructions are easy to follow, and I've never had a problem uploading.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is the opportunity to get my voice heard at last. All of the stuff that has been inside for so many years is now able to come out and be a part of the universal consciousness long after I'm gone. It's my legacy and that is really cool.
What do your fans mean to you?
Not being a world famous name, my few fans mean the world to me. There are one or two who always buy my books and have become true fans and that is wonderful for me. It tells me that what I'm doing is making a positive difference, that I am worthy of having my voice heard. Even if I never get more than the few I have, they will be a joy for me, for they were there from day one.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my next release, due out in October 2013. It is the second volume in my Sinclair V-Logs series and I'm doing the second edit at the moment. I'm also finishing the first draft of an anthology of horror shorts, due out in December 2013.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Herbert and Dennis Wheatley. They are both horror writers, which seems strange as I write space opera, but for reading, I like horror.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, honestly it's not inspiration but necessity that gets me out of bed. I have to go out to my day job to get the bills paid, which sucks but writing doesn't earn me anything at the moment. Having passed 50, I am on a mission to get into shape, so I've started working out each day and I'm already seeing results. I've a long way to go yet but I am inspired to continue with my regime. I'm determined to have a 6 pack before I'm 55.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love watching science fiction movies and collect dvd's. I also do Native American beadwork and make pow wow fans in my spare time. I workout each day, do my garden and I'm also a psychic medium.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do and it was a paranormal story. I wrote a few pages and showed it to my mother, but she just laughed and that put me off trying to write for years. That was back during my teenage years.
What is your writing process?
I don't plan anything beyond doing a basic outline, (just a few sentances outlining the beginning, middle and end) and my my main character outlines. Then I just sit down and write, and somehow it just flows out from my head and onto the page. It's a very intuitive process for me, I don't try to control it much at all. I trust whomever or whatever is inspiring me and let them do the work. I always say that I don't write my books, my characters do, I just take dictation from them. When the first draft is done, I leave it for a few weeks before reading through and doing basic proof reading, correcting typos etc. Then I do proper edits, at least two, before leaving it alone for another few weeks, after which I do another read through before formatting.
How do you approach cover design?
I like my covers to be pertinent to the story, so I want the artwork to show an aspect or scene from the story. I usually have some ideas of what I want inside my head, and I write it all down and send it to my cover art guy, who works his magic and sends me proofs. We work well together and he has great ideas too, which I've come to trust, as I know he understands me and what I want. I then use his images to tweak my ideas and together, we come up with the perfect artwork.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read horror. I know this seems weird, as I write science fiction/space opera but I love reading horror.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one, and don't intend to get one. I'm a real book person and always buy physical books. I like to hold them in my hands, turn the pages and see the words on paper.
Published 2013-08-22.
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