Interview with Merry Brooks

When did you first start writing?
I started writing again in 2000, the first time I'd written since I left school 26 years earlier! Looking back at them now, some of them are pretty awful, but I've improved a lot since then.
Equally, you could say I started writing these type of stories about 2009, a complete turn away from the robotisation stuff I mainly wrote before then. These are much more fun, it must be said.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, a total homage to Louise Brooks, with many of the character names either borrowed from her film roles, with a doff of the cap to OMD, who were the ones who got me interested in her, with 'Pandoras Box' in 1991. Mainly the video, but I have pinched a couple of lines from the song for story titles, including the latest one of course.
Oh, and a cameo for a very dear friend in Vermont
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that I had a pair of stories that couldnt get posted on the Mind Control forum, where most of my stories reside. I just felt it was a shame that they couldnt get an audience, and this was my chance to do so.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, it was the opening I needed to actually do something about posting them. It was relatively easy to set up, and inspired me to look elsewhere for outlets too. Success might be a big word at the moment, I dont think JK Rowling is quaking in her boots, but maybe one day...?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The opportunity to put down my feelings, desires, and a few fantasies in words. And in the case of the stories here, it gave me a chance to write a story about Alaska, somewhere I'd love to visit. Oh, and I hope it will get me to Kansas too!
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot. Without knowing that people like your stuff, its hard to keep writing more. Some I know through correspondence, though I'm sure there are many others who dont contact me, but still enjoy the stories
What are you working on next?
Just at the moment, nothing. If sales take off again, I have plans for another 20's story, pretty much a spoof on 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', changing her christian name to Belinda, or Billie, for the title at least.
I also keep promising myself that I'm going to write a travel book at some point, though currently it would have to be based on one of my old trips, unless I can find a very obliging publisher, and advance. Across Canada by train would be great, if someone wants to help financially, preferably with a trip up to Churchill, from Winnipeg too.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some I could only give their 'pen names', but on here, Joe Mudak, and Triax (however he's actually spelling it nowadays?) are friends, and authors I enjoy reading.
Real names, Laura Moriarty would be a current name getting a big vote. I do want to read Louise Brooks's biography sometime too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work, and the money it pays me! Some days, it feels like the only thing that can inspire me to get out of bed! Money does allow me my twice yearly trips across the pond, so there are advantages other than just paying daily bills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, working, working! I work in a call centre, where the hours are long, and when you add in travel time too, its why I dont write as much as I used to. Beyond that, browsing the internet, watching a little TV, and some retail therapy tend to be involved.
But free time is not plentiful at present
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly authors I've read elsewhere, over at the Mind Control archive. Like writing, I dont read much now, other than on transatlantic flights, and they tend to be paperbacks.
Published 2013-08-30.
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