Interview with Mara Mercer

What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries and romances all the way and if a writer combines the two well... I'm in booknerd heaven.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Google Nexus 7 and have just about every reading app out there installed. Tip: to save battery, just turn on airplane mode and read in night mode.
Describe your desk
I don't like writing at a desk. I prefer writing with my feet up in a comfy armchair. So my desk is my lap, which is a little pudgier than i would like.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the feeling of creating something out of nothing, taking the very thing that made me different (living in my head) and turning it into something I can share with everyone else.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the idea of having complete control over my books, from cover to content to publication date.
What are you working on next?
The second book in the Lennox Blackburn Mystery series, which will pick up just a few weeks after the first one. It'll continue Lennox and Bennett's relationship as well as answering some of the questions I raised in the first one, such as the identity of Lennox's father.
What is your writing process?
I'm a planner. I start with a bunch of random ideas and sort them out in my head. When I've got a rough idea of the story, I spend a few days working on a chapter by chapter outline before I actually start writing. I have a set of rules and strategies to make sure I write at least a little every day. The most important is to start as soon as I can as I know I enjoy it once I get going. It's just the starting I find hard.
How do you approach cover design?
I had never used any kind of design software before, but I knew I wanted a simple, retro design and thought I could probably do it myself with a little practice. I ended up making about a dozen basic designs, all with about ten different colour schemes. I finally made my choice the night of publication after a long day of work and regretted it the next morning. I changed it immediately. And I love it. My intention was for the design to remind people of a 60's mystery movie poster and for the purple colour to hint at romance - the two most important factors in Three Birds, One Stone.
Published 2014-10-08.
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