Interview with YA paranormal author Merry Brown

Today’s
guest is YA paranormal romance author Merry Brown to share a bit about herself
and the new novel she is currently touring, 
Gold Manor Ghost House.
Merry will
be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a lucky commentor during her tour. For a
chance to win, just leave a comment below. To increase your chances of winning,
visit other tour stops and leave comments there.
 
Bio:
Born
and raised in Bakersfield, California, Merry Brown now lives in the northwest
corner of Tennessee with her husband, three boys, and Daisy the cat. She
teaches philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Martin, where she counts it
a great privilege and joy to introduce students to perennial questions about
the nature of the universe, meaning, morality, and the human condition. Merry
Brown’s love of philosophy and young adult paranormal and dystopian literature
inspired her to write The Knowers,
the first book in the Exiled Trilogy. Gold
Manor Ghost House
is her latest YA paranormal romance book.
Welcome, Merry. Please tell us about
your current release.
Anna thought
life was going to be awesome. She was right…and wrong.
Won her dream
job acting in a hit TV series. Check.
Working with
her best friend. Check.
The set’s
haunted and she’s in the middle of a supernatural war. Uh, check?
Anna Rose
Ellington is sixteen and living in Hollywood, hoping to be a star. Anna just
landed a major role on Ghost House, TeenTV’s new fall drama. A show promising
to be so hot, Meg Sweet (the reigning teenage diva), signed on for the lead,
and Adam Lewis (international rock sensation) is a principal player.
Her dreams
are falling into place until she gets on set and begins questioning her sanity.
It’s true she has an unusual dream life, where once in a while her dreams
literally come true. But it’s been a while. On top of her dreams not staying
put in her brain, including the guy she’d been dreaming of for years, the house
they’re filming in, Gold Manor, might actually be haunted. But that’s the least
of her worries.
What inspired you to write this book?
I finished
my first book of YA fiction, The Knowers,
and didn’t know what to do with it. While I was figuring out the marketing end
of book writing, I decided to write a different story. I love to read YA
paranormal romance and wanted to continue to write the kind of story I enjoy
reading.
For Gold Manor Ghost House I had three
ideas: I wanted to write a story about a girl whose dreams come true. I wanted
the setting to be the set of a popular Teen TV show (where the set is just the
backdrop to the real drama). And I wanted to write a series, where the first
book functions as the pilot.
Excerpt:
“Keep
your hands off her,” Corey yelled as he pulled his fist back for another hit. A
second before Corey’s hand made contact with his face, Adam’s eyes opened and
quick as lightning he grabbed his fist. Forcing it up and throwing Corey off
balance, Adam jumped to his feet.
“I’m
going to kill you, Lewis,” Corey growled.
I
cleared my mind of everything but one thought, please don’t hurt him, please don’t hurt him. Adam instantly moved
from retaliation mode to defense only. Out of nowhere, Dom was standing in
front of Adam, hands on Corey, trying to push him back and calm him down.
I
was by his side, coaching him, reminding him, “Breathe, Corey. In and out. In
and out.”
“No,”
he spit back and lunged at me.
I
barely escaped the blow to my jaw, but my thigh was not so lucky. Going down
with a scream, I wasn’t on the grass long before Corey was beside me, knocked
out cold with Adam standing over him.
It
didn’t seem possible for Adam to take Corey in a fight. Corey was bigger, had
more muscles, built like a line-backer to Adam’s thinner frame. But no one
could deny the evidence of Corey out by Adam’s fist.
My
leg ached from the punch. I’d have an ugly bruise for weeks.
“You okay?”
Adam asked with an indifferent voice, but I wasn’t fooled. I saw the hatred
burning behind his eyes.

What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’m in the
middle of writing The Exiled Trilogy.
I’m currently writing the sequel to the first book, The Knowers, called The
Second Fall
. My lofty goal is to complete The Second Fall this summer and turn my attention to writing the second
installment of Gold Manor Ghost House.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I wish I
could say from the womb, but really, only recently. Since I was not trained as
a writer, it took me a while to own it. I have a writing partner, who is an
actual writer, and she pointed out I was always saying I wasn’t a writer. She
said, “So you’re a writing non-writer?”
When Gold Manor Ghost House came out, it
dawned on me. I was no longer looking in from the outside. I can proudly say I
am a writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I’m a
lecturer of philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I’m blessed to
say teaching philosophy is my dream job. I absolutely love introducing students
to the discipline of philosophy.
As for
writing, because it is important to me, I find the time. I’ve all but stopped
watching TV at night. I never understood the sentiment that there isn’t enough
time in the day, but now I do. I’d like to add 2 hours to the allotted 24 so I
could get in more writing!
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I have a
busy life, as do most of us today. With three kids, a husband, a full-time job,
and the other litany of usual commitments, it’s hard to carve out time to
write. This past year I managed to arrange my schedule so I could write (when I
didn’t have to grade) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for three hours. I
dropped my child off at his half day preschool and planted myself at my
favorite coffee house in Union City, Tennessee (shout out to Higher Ground!).
There for
the express purpose of writing, most days it took me, I’m embarrassed to admit,
about 1 ½ to 2 hours to settle in and write. I’d check my email accounts,
Facebook, twitter (as of late), Pinterest, back to email, blogging occasionally
until I finally mustered up the courage to get off line and open up the
document I was working on. I’d be knee-deep in a scene when I’d glance at the
time and see it was 10 minutes until time to pick up the kid.
All that to
say, I love to write, but it takes a while to get in the right mood. Time I
usually don’t have enough of.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
The one
career path I remember wanting to be, for several years, was a police officer. I
wanted to be tough, though I wasn’t. It sounded like a cool and important job. I
think I scared my parents for a while. I still admire the work police officers
provide and their service to the community.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I’m a book
buyer and pusher. I love sharing books with my friends. If I read something I
like, it’s in the hands of my friend Stephanie, or Jennifer, or whoever else I
can loan it to. Why? To read is to experience a unique world. I want to share
these worlds with others. It is such a blessing to share a world I’ve created
with others.
Thanks, Merry.
Readers, don’t forget about the chance at a $25 Amazon gift card just for leaving a comment!

16 thoughts on “Interview with YA paranormal author Merry Brown

  1. Rita Wray says:

    With your busy life I'm surprised you have time to write at all. The book sounds like a fabulous read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Deborah says:

    It sounds like you have found a new part of yourself by becoming an author. Congratulations!Being an author and a teacher in philosophy are two things that seem to go hand in hand. Keep writing. And thank you for inviting us readers into your imagination.

  3. Andra Lyn says:

    Hi Merry!

    Good to see you again 🙂 Tell me, what made you want to use a teenager as your narrator?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Catherine Lee says:

    Oh No! That's too long to get into writing. When you have only a 3 hour block, you can't spend half to two-thirds of it getting into the right frame of mind! I teach my students about time management and I know I'd be trying to coach you on how to steamline your prep process! LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  5. Anonymous says:

    Andra,
    Thanks for the question. Probably just because I like to read and write YA, it seemed a natural fit.
    Merry

  6. Anonymous says:

    Deborah,
    I think you're right. I never imagined I'd be writing, and yet I'm so glad it found me. Self-discovery is super cool (usually!).
    Merry

  7. Anonymous says:

    Catherine,
    You are entirely correct. My time management skills need help! I’m terribly inefficient. But, alas, I've got to work with what I've got!
    Merry

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