Author Interview – Merry Farmer @MerryFarmer20

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Why did you choose to write this particular book?  I wrote Our Little Secrets because it’s the kind of book that I would love to read.  I tend to love stories where something brings the hero and heroine together from the beginning and in which they have to tackle some sort of obstacle together while that obstacle is trying to break them apart.  I’ve also always loved the old west.

Will you write others in this same genre?  Well, Our Little Secrets is part of a series, the Montana Romance series.  I’ve already published the second book in the series, Fool for Love, which is Eric Quinlan’s story.  I intend to write a novel for each of the four friends, Michael, Eric, Christian, and Phin.  And yes, Phin’s novel will be an m/m romance which is part of a mainstream series.  Not sure if anyone has done that before or if I’ll draw a lot of ire by doing it.  I’m also about to publish a novella, Sarah Sunshine, that takes place in this same world, and there may be more novellas about Cold Springs, Montana where that came from.  As for more western series, well, I do have one idea, but the next series I intend to tackle takes place on the high seas circa 1800.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  Sometimes you just have to let the past go, dark though it may be, and focus on what’s in front of you.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?  In a way, yes.  I know how it feels to want to disassociate yourself from your past (although my past is more on the sad side than the bad side).  And I do have several characters in the series who are based on people I know in real life.  But I’m not exactly sure I want to say who and how since they might find out!

How important do you think villains are in a story?  They’re essential!  You need to have an antagonist of some sort to provide the obstacles that get in the way of your protagonist achieving their goals.  Aside from that, they can be great fun!

What are your goals as a writer?  My goal as a writer is simple.  I want to do whatever it takes to enable me to continue writing as much as possible for as long as possible.  That means selling enough to be able to make a living off of my writing so that I don’t have to work a day job and can, therefore, spend more time writing.  I’d also like to travel to different conferences teaching workshops about writing and self-publishing.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?  I haven’t had to travel so far, but I would LOVE to do a lot more traveling in the future.  In particular, I’d like to live in England for a year.  And Australia.  And Canada.

What books have most influenced your life?  I guess I would have to say all of the piles and piles of historical romance novels I read when I was in high school.  It was a revelation to find out that there was, in fact, an entire genre of the kind of books I wanted to read and write already established.

Who is your favorite author and why?  Overall, definitely J.K. Rowling.  Not only are the Harry Potter books awesome (and The Casual Vacancy is actually awesome too, although she should have published it under a different name for people to give it a fair reading), but the story of how she got where she is and what she’s done with her fame and fortune since earning it are so inspiring.  I doubt I’ll ever achieve that level of stardom, but if I do I would like to give back the way Rowling has.

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Genre – Western Historical Romance

Rating – R

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