Melissa Mercer

Biography

Melissa Mercer is a passionate individual, both in her work and her family life as well. She is happily married to her hero and they have a beautiful daughter together. He is an old soul at heart; creating visual art through her words.

Melissa's belief is the pen has always been mightier than the sword and just like the books we bind together; the words of the world will help bind us all with love and compassion.

Whenever she isn't working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her daughter and loving husband. Melissa involves her family in all of her writing projects. Her husband helps take the pictures for her covers and her daughter is not only on the cover of her Novel, A Path of Survival, but on several short story covers she has designed as well. Having the support of her family and being able to share something with them that she is so passionate about; brings her a great deal of joy and a sense of accomplishment as well.

Melissa has written several short stories that been published in magazine's such as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and having won the Editor's Choice Award by the International Library of Poetry in both 2006 and 2011 for her outstanding achievement in poetry. Writing is one of the most important aspects in Melissa's life and she also works as a Freelance Writer from home. Her experiences include online advertising, article writing, magazine features, book inserts and ghostwriting. You name it, she writes about it.

She also holds a degree in Social Services and Creative Writing. She worked as an advocate against domestic violence, volunteering her time at a local shelter in her area; in-order to help those in need of a little hope and perhaps some guidance as well. Melissa is a strong survivor, but she knows all too well how much it takes to get there and she wants to be that one person in someone else's life that was never there in hers. She also worked as a Social Worker for The Child Abuse Council. Melissa loves children and wants to show them that there really is good in the world regardless of the bad they have already seen at such a young age.

By Melissa seeing her words in print, she is actually living her dream and she would love to take this opportunity to thank you all in helping her make her dreams become a reality. Look for more upcoming stories from this strong willed and spirited author. She truly appreciates all of you that help support the dream she has spent a lifetime trying to achieve.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for as far back as I can remember. Writing has always been my escape from the real world around me. The reality of my life was difficult to grasp, therefore creating my own reality; was my happy medium.

Even as a small child I wrote beyond my years. I spoke of things and a world that other children my age knew nothing of. Still, the more I wrote, the less it hurt. Thus, I wrote my pain away, one word at a time.

As long as I had a pencil and a piece of paper, I had hope. My pencil was the only defense I had in a world, which I could not control. It was my magic wand, and through it; I could be anything or anyone I desired. I could live a life beyond my own, and I have.

Writing is my cure.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Echoes of the Game is my latest paranormal thriller.

Best friends Nikki and Renee are introduced to a Ouija board for the first time, and from the very moment their fingertips touch the cursor; their horrifying adventure begins.

Neither of them knew the extent of what they were dealing with, and that one decision to play such a treacherous game, has lifelong effects.

A gateway between worlds was opened that day, linking all of them together, and a sadistic entity wreaks havoc upon them both. Still, the bond Nikki and Renee share is more powerful than this evil phenomenon and it longs for something it does not have; life.

Even when life lands Nikki and Renee far away from one another, this entity is most powerful when they are together, and it will go to terrifying lengths to make that happen; including going through their children.

This entity infects every aspect of their lives, and only they can stop it, for, they are the ones that let it out. Even so, there is an even deeper and jaded past to this entity, and one by one the truth behind their terrifying ordeal begins to reveal itself.

The answers as to the entity's past, only comes out in the end, but the intensely horrifying twists and turns is sure to have you on the edge of your seat, while turning every light in the house on along the way.
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Where to find Melissa Mercer online


Where to buy in print


Books

Echoes of the Game
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Series: Echoes of the Game, Book 1. Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 32,960. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Some of the occurrences within this story actually took place. This fast paced paranormal thriller was written from pure inspiration, and based off of some real life events. Therefore, mixed with a little good old fashioned fictionalized imagination; I present you with a terrifying tale unlike any other.
Existing Beyond Reality Volume II: Masking the Truth
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Series: Existing Beyond Reality, A Short Story Book Collection, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 10,110. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Existence beyond a reality you’ve ever experienced before; and once the mask comes off; the truth is all you have left.
Reflections & Shadows The Insane Words To My Sanity Volume III ( An Empowering & Inspirational Poetry Book Collection)
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Series: Reflections & Shadows: The Insane Words To My Sanity Poetry Collection, Book 3. Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
The poems completing this empowering and inspirational poetry book collection, isn't just about surviving:it's about living as well.
Reflections & Shadows The Insane Words of M Sanity Volume II ( An Empowering & Inspirational Poetry Collection)
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Series: Reflections & Shadows: The Insane Words To My Sanity Poetry Collection, Book 2. Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 9,750. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
The second volume of Reflections & Shadows, the Author continues her struggle. Trying to blend in while carrying this constant burden of a life she used to have.
Reflections & Shadows The Insane Words To My Sanity Volume I (An Empowering & Inspirational Poetry Book Collection)
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Series: Reflections & Shadows: The Insane Words To My Sanity Poetry Collection, Book 1. Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 11,760. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
The words that live within the depths of this book are very empowering and humbling as well.
Existing Beyond Reality A Short Story Collection Volume I
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Series: Existing Beyond Reality, A Short Story Book Collection, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,750. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Do you have a grip on reality? These four short stories push the envelope between existence and reality; creating suspenseful confusion.
A Path Of Survival
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Series: A Path Of Survival, Book 1. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 93,190. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jessica is the epitome of survival! This story is all about survival. You never really know just how strong you can be, until you simply have no choice.