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Jessica Bell

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quickie #Author Chat with Merry Farmer @merryfarmer20 #Romance #HistFic #AmReading

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Are you a city slicker or a country lover?  You know, I’m a suburbanite.  I don’t like being in cities, but I also don’t want to be out in the countryside.  I like living close enough to drive into the city in less than an hour, but somewhere that has trees and grass and the occasional deer.

How do you think people perceive writers?  I think there’s something of a dual perception of writers these days.  The ones that make it big are celebrities like any other movie star.  But those who are midlist authors, like me, especially when they’re self-published, are seen as awkward aberrations to a certain extent.  No one really understands what we’re doing or why.

What’s your next project?  I’m still deeply immersed in my Montana Romance series.  The third full-length novel, In Your Arms, just came out in November, and the second novella, The Indomitable Eve, is out in December.  I have one more novella to write, Seeks For Her, which I think will be published in February, then the final full-length novel, Somebody to Love, which is Phineas Bell’s love story.  I’m super excited about that one, because as you know if you’ve read any of the series, Phin is gay.  Yes, I’m including an m/m romance in a traditional historical romance series.  Not sure if anyone has done it before, but at this point in our human evolution I think we’re ready to tell ALL love stories.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet?  I was put here on this earth to write.  It’s as simple as that.  I spent a lot of time in my 20s and 30s wandering and questioning and scratching my head, but nope, that’s why I’m here!  It’s all about the stories.

How do you feel about self-publishing?  I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to the publishing industry in a long time.  Not only is it the perfect publishing vehicle for people like me who are independent and love the entrepreneurial challenge, I believe it keeps the traditional publishing industry on its toes.  Everyone has had to rethink what they’re doing in the last few years, which will only be good for readers in the long run.  And authors as well.  I believe the whole publishing industry is becoming more author-centric.

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Genre - Western Historical Romance
Rating – R
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