Interview with Miranda Merrick

When did you first start writing?
I have always had a knack for writing. I believe it's the best way for someone to express both themselves and their creativity. Words are forever whereas a moment can easily be forgotten.
What is your writing process?
When I write I want to WOW the readers. I don't want them to simply read and say, "good job" or "it wasn't bad" I want them to not only read what I am writing but to experience it as well. Each time I sit down to write I slow my mind and focus intently on what I want the reader to feel. A simple description is not always enough and sometimes a deeper more personal explanation is necessary and more often than not, enhances the piece ten fold.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I never know where it's going to take me. Sometimes I can plan ahead and other times I am lost in a world of my own and find myself as excited as the reader and anxiously awaiting the next chapter. Overall, I would have to say the greatest joy is seeing where I end up and how the final copy looks.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are truly the greatest support system a writer can have. When I publish what I have written I am exposing my true self and letting the world in. When I are able to move people with my words it is life changing. It makes me want to share as much of myself as I can and hold nothing back.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Though I was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, I was raised in Crescent Valley, Nevada, until we moved to Oak Hill, Florida when I was ten. The towns we have lived in have always been small and unexciting. This has helped me to develop my creativity and imagination. Living in small towns has also aided in creating creepy settings needed to convey a lost traveler. The only bright side to seriously small towns.
Who are the strongest influences in your writing?
Sharon, my mother, has always encouraged me to write and to share what I write, without her pushing I don't think I would have done it, my father Arlin, has always said I had a way with words and that keeping them to myself would be a waste, and of course my sister, Christine, is my editor. Without her, I can safely say that my punctuation and grammar would be shot. They have always supported me and will always be the strongest influences on my writing.
Describe your desk
I'm more of a spontaneous writer. I have a desk and at the moment it is covered in books, paperwork, and office supplies. I tend to write at the table, desk, sometimes curled up on the couch and even in my bed. Being comfortable is the best way to get your mind in gear.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy the classics such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Great Expectations, Utopia, and so on. My favorite novels so far are, "Demons Don't Dream," Piers Anthony and "Homesick," Jean Fritz.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I really enjoy using my phone. I have both the Nook and Kindle apps on my Android at the moment and spend a fair amount of time on both.
How do you approach cover design?
I really enjoy photography as well and feel that using real world scenery can bring the setting of the book to life. When choosing the cover for "Skin Deep" I felt that using a photograph of the everchanging river would be perfect, of course it had to be at night. The moon surrounded by darkness is symbolic for the personal struggles of shining when all seems lost. Each cover is chosen with purpose and as an aid to the story.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a novel titled "Three," about a Vampire, Werewolf, and Hunter that are stricken with a terrifying curse. Over time the three must work together as one in order to discover the meaning behind the curse and in the process uncover an even darker more terrifying challenge.
Published 2013-12-12.
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Skin Deep
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Essay » Author profile
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Born with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, I have compiled this mid length essay detailing both the public and personal challenges faced when dealing with this disease; from childhood into adulthood.