Mercedes Fox ~ Author

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A Couple Things

Hello darlings! I’m sad to see Halloween just fly by this year. It is my favorite holiday and normally I decorate, dress up, watch some scary movies and brag about werewolves to anybody who’ll listen. However, only a couple of those things happened this year. And it really didn’t do the trick; I watched Halloween 1 to I don’t even know. I was so sick of Michael Meyers. There’s no killing him and after watching the movies back to back the fear factor goes to sleep and when it wakes up it asks how much longer. We didn’t have one trick or treater either. I thought for sure our neighbor boy would be by. Last year he came over with his Mom and then after she left he told Grandma he hadn’t been over and came again. She was a bit peeved with him when she found out, but we were quite happy to load him up on more candy. He’s six and has the wildest imagination I’ve ever seen. He loves following my husband around and helping him with whatever. He loves our dogs and he gives me lots of hugs. The neighbor dog, who lives on the other side of the 6 year old, he had to come running over with his little cowboy hat on. He was dressed and going to visit Grandma and Grandpa for some playing and puppy biscuits.

I have been dying to share, since the onset of Pokémon Go I have been obsessed with Pokémon. Back in the day I never got into the Trading Card Game and rolled my eyes but always wondered what it was like. After watching all the people crowd at the end of our street, holding their phones up to the corner tree branches I finally gave into my curiosity. I don’t care for Pokémon Go and I don’t play it. But, I bought my first Elite Trainer Box and now I’m hooked. I love the Trading Card Game. I play the online version every day. I buy cards every weekend when I hit Walmart. I’ve located the nerd stores in town and in neighboring towns who sell Pokémon cards and they know my face now. I’ve even traded a card, that was worth about $80.00 towards a couple box collections I needed. Now I know you’re probably rolling your eyes (unless you are a secret Pokémon lover like me) but let me tell you, that is one seriously fun game. I’ve built about eight decks and my husband plays with me. He loves the game too. It requires thinking and strategy and yes the Pokes are cute but you work when you play.

I found out they have tournaments for this too. Big ones! With prizes up to $250000! Holy shit! I had no clue. Now I hope to enter a tournament, but I’ve not attended a play night at the local card stores. I haven’t gotten that brave or that good with the cards themselves. I’m wicked good on the iPad app. I’ve wanted to share this for some time now. And if you don’t already know, I’m 42, no human children, 3 dogs, 1 husband, and a kid at heart. I’ve made it past the stage where I care what other folks think about me and what I’m doing. God blessed me with one life and I’m going to live it the way I want as long as I want.

I could go on and on about my new Pokémon obsession but I want you to come back and keep reading my blog posts and Author Interviews. You’ll start seeing links for Pokémon items here and there on the blog, but not over running it. I’m still an author of very raw and graphic werewolf books and I’m still having author after author over for Interview FoxSeat time.

I also love to crochet! Yeah, you didn’t see that one coming huh! I’ve been doing it since I was around 10. I have an ongoing project; I’ve made several different blocks with different Harry Potter themed items and want to attach them and have my very own Harry Potter blanket (yes I’m Harry Potter crazy). I want to put something for The Walking Dead and Snoopy on it as well (yes again, love Walking Dead and Snoopy). Though I don’t think I’ll ever finish it. The arthritis in my hands and carpel tunnel make it had to do a lot of crocheting when I really should be typing/writing my next book. And, well, it’s more fun and easier to play a round of Pokémon on my iPad instead.

I’m also a Benchrest Competition Shooter with my husband and father. I love traveling to other shooting clubs in the USA and competing. My last match I placed 20 something out of 54 shooters and these were the top of the line shooters. Higher up the ranks would have been great, but where I placed was just as awesome. Means I’m getting better.

I’m sure you all know, but I don’t discriminate against any books on my blog. I will interview a children’s author, cookbook author, erotica author, even a snuff author. The way I see it, the more we are looked at the better it is for all of us. And besides, just because I write horror doesn’t mean that’s the only thing I read, which I’m sure is true for 99% of the guest authors I’ve chatted with.

One thing I will never do on this blog, I’ll never be mean to anyone and I’ll never discuss politics. My personal Facebook page will reflect the most of that because my husband and I both use the page. My author page (Mercedes Fox) is different. Again there will be nothing political there either. My Twitter only every once and awhile will retweet something, but I keep it to the barest minimum. How I look at this, I’ll sell my book to anyone regardless of who you vote for or your feelings on abortion. Basically everything you read and see posted from me is supposed to be enjoyable and fun.

Not sure if you’ve noticed, I tag every post with the author’s genre for the book they are discussing and if they are a mutual fan of Harry Potter (I flag that too). I also post new book releases for interviewed authors if they so choose. I’m going to tag these type of posts and if I post anything different than author interviews as well. So when you drop by, you can scroll down to the Most Used Tags list on the right side and click on the tag for the subjects you’d like to see without having to see the ones you don’t want to see.

If you haven’t signed up for my Newsletter, you can do that here as well. Just scroll down to the subscribed widget on the right side and fill in your info.

I’m going to start purging old posts too. I’ve not done this before. After the author has been interviewed, I’ll tweet it out, post to Pinterest, and post to my author Facebook page. I’ll then add the link to a list I keep to retweet at a later date. Since I’ve got so many and they are probably out of date, I’m only going to purge posts which are a year old or older. Once purged these posts will never be seen again. What do you think of this time frame for this procedure? Any ideas? Please reply to the comments any thoughts you have, I’d love to hear them.

Also is there anything you’d like me to blog about? Tell me that too. Anything!

Meet Author Lisa Barry

Halo my lovelies! Welcome to another edition of Interview FoxSeat with author Lisa Barry

Growing up in Florida was not a good enough reason for author, Lisa Barry, to avoid wearing black. A daily color choice, Lisa constantly pines for cool enough weather to wear boots. Living with her supportive (and hot Kiwi) husband and amazingly awesome kidlets, Lisa counts it a blessing that they still love her despite the deafening sound of her music muse throughout the house. Writing and reading every minute she can, Lisa counts on the cats to keep her keyboard warm and on the countless gargoyles who listen carefully when she reads to them aloud.

Book blurb: The Guardians, Book 1 in the Gargoyles Den series (Book 2 is due out in the fall of 2016)

Sloane Jacobs has been on the edge of crazy for a long time now. That happens when you can read everyone’s aura, not what they show on the outside but what they’re really like. Knowing that sharing 2her curse would get her a one-way ticket to the loony bin, Sloane lives alone and trusts no one.

That changes when she meets Liam McDougall, a Gray One; the only kind that she can’t read. She doesn’t know what he is exactly but members of his team are disappearing and they need her skills to help them.

Sloane jumps headlong into their hidden world. With their help, her skills develop and she discovers that sentient animals, the fae, gargoyles and other creatures of imagination might not be the entertaining bedtime stories she thought. And the bedtime story she wants is always dancing a step ahead.

Why do you write? I enjoy creating images with words. I like the idea that I give just enough information for the reader to take off and enjoy an alter-life through the movie playing in their head. I can only hope that readers like the images they’ve conjured and choose to read more of my work.

What genre are your books? I write fantasy, predominantly on the urban or paranormal side with a deep nod to romance because I love romance.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? Music is my muse. Sometimes I will be cruising in my car and the music helps me to create a chapter or a scene that will run like a movie in my head until I get it onto paper. I listen to anything from classical, to punk to movie or video game soundtracks with the only exception being Country which is funny considering I grew up in Florida. I was possibly switched at birth.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? When starting off, I just let the words fly helter-skelter. I like to get to know the characters and see where the story is going or the feel of it before plotting. When I hit a road block, I tend to pull back and plot at the least the beginning, middle and end. Then I figure out the general idea of the rest of it and get back to it.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Just write. That’s basically a mantra in my writers group.

Where do your ideas come from? Here, there and everywhere! Some of the weirdest things set my mind off. One time I was out on a date with my husband and I saw a couple eating dinner two tables away. As the evening progressed I noticed that they ordered, received their food, ate and paid their tab without having a conversation. So sad. That was the basis for a scene in one of my books.

What is the hardest thing about writing? I find that when I finish a book and ship it off to the editor I have the bad habit of considering it “done.” The problem is that the editor always has feedback. Sometimes I realize re-writes are in order and often there are things to fix. Suddenly I’m back into something I had considered done. Once I trudge my way through it I am always happy with the result and glad that the reader will get a better book, but it sure can be challenging.

Which writers inspire you? There are so many authors that I admire. Currently my top three are Kristen Painter, Colleen Gleason and Kiera Cass.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? I think it would be fascinating to sit down with Jane Austen and have a cup of tea. I would ask her how she goes about creating her stories, if she’d known true love and what inspired her to write.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Ignore critiquers. They tend to pull you down rather than help you. Write1 what you love, what makes you happy and then get a good editor who doesn’t destroy your work – or you – but helps you to make your story the best it can be. I personally LOVE working with www.CourtenayDodds.com.

Tell us something unique about you. I will go fishing, catch fish, skin them, cook them, serve them but I will not eat a single thing from the ocean. 😉

Is there anything else you would like to add? Many years ago I helped establish a group of writers called the Ink Slingers Guild. One of the things we’ve put together is called “Stories My Friends Started.” Anyone can go to the contact page of the website (www.StoriesMyFriendsStarted.com) and put in one line that is a “story starter”. One of the writers in our group will throw together a short story using the line. It’s a lot of fun for us and I invite all to participate. Plus, if you like reading short stories, there are tons of them on the site by many different authors in many different genres. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for having me!

Many thanks Lisa for sharing! For more about Lisa and her work, follow the links below:

 

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