Interview with Mercer Devereaux

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A horrible piece of trash called 'Above Ground', a short tale about a zombie apocalypse and a teenager teaming up with his art teacher and taking on the scourge. They end up kissing (I was too young to write more 'questionable' scenes, but old enough to channel in my crush for my school teacher at the time). Oh how time flies, and thank God it does...
What is your writing process?
1 Devise a concept,
2 Then a name wide and broad enough to encompass everything I had thought of but could add to.
3 Write. It. Down. (You have no idea how many stories I lost to committing to memory alone).
4 Draft the first chapter.
5 Look at my other ideas and look for a merging point to make it more interesting.
6 Write.
7 Rewrite.
8 Write.
9 Rewrite.
10 Write.
11 Rewrite.
12 Write.
13 Rewrite.
14 Publish.
15 Repeat from step one (1).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Other than academic works:
1. Gunslinger - Stephen King
2. Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy
3. Anything from William Faulkner (If I have to say which, probably 'Light in August').
4. Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch (Book 1, have yet to read the others)
5. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (Book 1, I love the beginnings of Lore filled series)
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly fantasy, hardly anything close to non-fiction - only if it is alternate reality. Faulkner's work is also alternate and rather fictitious but it is a historical look back on Southern history.
Describe your desk
L-shaped. Messier than armageddon. Cords from my monitor and PlayStation 4 and spare cords not properly collected and stored, coffee cups and notebooks for my writing ideas. Earphone and headphone cords mixed and tangled. Fiction and academic works all over, pages merging with others since I do not pile them - just push them together. The only space I have is left for when I eat dinner and write. Do I feel guilty? No. It's MY desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
New Zealand (Native and Indigenous). Kind of, a lot of our films and books have dark and realistic undertones, even if some of them are far-fetched. There is always a moral or an ultimate inspiration, so in that regard; perhaps.
When did you first start writing?
Since 2017, meant to be studying for Law, Psychology and History, but found myself more attached and attracted to writing. It was a skill I could see progress and improve and had recognition from close friends and friends of friends.
What's the story behind your latest book?
An erotica about a woman in the 1920s being unfortunately signed on for a sculpting class.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Money at first. Ambition at second. Writing and telling stories at third.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a story no one else has told, ejecting my own thoughts, experience and ideas into the fold and watching characters become close friends and allies or even enemies and villains.
What do your fans mean to you?
More than anything if I had any ahahahahahahahahahahahaha*begins to cry*
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. Food. Sex. Duties.
Published 2018-02-09.
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Books by This Author

Without Warning
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Medieval, Fiction » Erotica » General
(Short Story) Roland, a King's Monolith, one of five hulking black-armoured Knights has an affair with the Queen. The King, meanwhile, is fed up and declares war on his half-brother. Miller and Aly are caught in the crossfire.
Rack 'em Up
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,840. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Charlie Vain is an officer tasked with bringing in a growing influential pseudo-criminal: Jack Rack'em. Rack'em tears through the night, displaying one woman after another in vulnerable positions after sending them down into spirals of pleasure. Annalise, a reporter for a local news channel is able to publish information on Rack'em before the police does. All eyes are on her, including Rack'em's.
Camera 03
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A short story of government agents doing what they are not supposed to do and seeing things they are not supposed to see. Harrison is an unassuming night guard, Kirstie is a woman with a secret, and Miguel...well, he is just Miguel. A combination of secrecy and covering tracks ensues, with a fast-paced story revealing often horrifying secrets that are better left hidden.
Platform 03
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: Australian English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Jessica flees Tucson and all burdens therein. Nathan watches her from afar and decides to make his move. Marcus watches both, and decides to make moves of his own.
A Goddess's Favour
You set the price! Words: 11,270. Language: Australian English. Published: February 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Greece, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
A short erotica tale in the midst of an empire at war with an enemy that just won't die. Myriad, the Western Goddess of War, is dying too and must find a warrior to bestow a favour and survive. Problems ensue across time, as both the pendant and herself are becoming more and more redundant with the rise of extrinsic pleasures and politics. Elsewhere, Captain Illios leads his men to victory.