Interview with Amelia Merson

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a middle-school series called, Dizzy Izzy. It will follow Izzy, an awkward 6th grader, through her first year of middle school.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. If it weren't for my children, I honestly don't know where I'd be. When they are away, I feel lost. I was born to be a mom.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read. I also play the piano and crochet. But most of all - I love our family get-togethers. I have 4 sisters and we all have kids, so we're like this huge family. When it's just the sisters and kids, we number 25! So, all of us getting together is, most of the time, absolutely crazy. I wouldn't trade those moments for anything. I love our craziness.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through Smashwords. I also belong to groups on Facebook.
What is your writing process?
Usually, I like to write out the general idea of my story. Then, I start writing. I try to write every day, but with 5 kids running around the house, it gets hard. I find, though, that taking a break will usually help generate new and improved ideas within my story. I don't write chapter to chapter. I write the story as it comes to me, then I put it all together. Also - I'm not a normal writer, so to speak. Most writers are content to type their stories on the computer or laptop. Not me! I just can't do it. I have to use pen and paper. I'm old school.
Describe your desk
A mess!! I have notebooks upon notebooks piled on top of one another. Pictures and drawing scattered around. It usually gets like this when I'm really involved in my story. Once my thoughts calm down, I straighten things up and get them organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Baltimore, MD and lived there until I was 9. Then we moved to Berkeley Springs, WV - literally from the city to the country. We lived about 20 minutes from town in a neighborhood called Greenwood. I loved it there! We'd go outside all day and ride bikes until dark. We didn't have a care in the world. I attended a 3 room elementary school. It was awesome because it was so small, the teachers really got to know you. I think this influenced my writing in that, during my childhood years, we were so carefree. Our mother never had to worry about traffic, shootings, or us being kidnapped. I wish every child could have the same kind of experience, and I often try to show that in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I really started writing in college. I took College Composition and my professor was great. She'd tell me all the time how much she enjoyed reading my stories. She was actually the one that gave me the encouragement I needed to write Mama's Love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Oh this is an easy one. My greatest joy of writing is knowing that I've touched someone's life in some way.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. They are the reason I write. I love that they support me and offer feedback - both positive and negative.
Published 2013-09-25.
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Books by This Author

Mama's Love
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: American English. Published: April 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Baby Elephant wants to know how much Mama Elephant loves her. This delightful book is the story of a mother's love for her child.