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Today welcome Einar Mercer to the blog!
What’s your favorite quote about writing?
Because so many quotes about writing are from writers, there are hundreds of excellent quotes and it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite. At the moment I am inspired by these two:
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow
“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” –Graham Greene
When you’re settling down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?
People are fascinating and inspiring and while I know some writers develop a plot and then populate it with characters, almost everything I have ever written has begun with a person. There is a lot of beauty and tragedy in the world but there is something uniquely magnificent about the combination of mannerisms, language, physical features, worldviews, and emotional ranges that compose and person and distinguish them from others. Sometimes when it is a particularly potent combination I will immediately imagine them in another place, or another time, or how they would react to this opportunity or that obstacle- and a story begins.
With all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re attached enough to keep writing about?
Because of the way in which I fall in love with characters, asking which is my favorite is like asking a parent which child they like best- in my estimation there is always an answer, but they feel a little conflicted about it. I have written some colorful characters and some meaningful characters, some that reflect the best and worst parts of myself… it has been rumored that I have even created characters based on people I disliked for the sole purpose of killing them in novels!
My favorite character to date is probably Adelaide “Calamity” Sinclair, a main character in the first trilogy of my Gears & Gunfighters books. She represents the best in womankind to me, independent and practical, beautiful and vibrant, comfortable with her sexuality and dedicated to those she cares for.
If you could choose anywhere to go for a dream vacation, where would you travel?
I grew up on the northern Atlantic coast and have an abiding love for the rocky shores and frigid whitecaps of that region. If I could vacation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and spend my days at Odiorne Point writing followed by nights in the Coat of Arms Pub, that would be about as perfect as I can imagine.
Do you have any project you’re super excited about right now?
I am most excited to continue writing in my Gears & Gunfighters universe as it expands. My fourth book and the start of a new trilogy will be released at the end of July, and my fifth book is underway. I have eight more outlined, with some loose plans to write some novels in the classic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure format and a role-playing game in the same setting. A fan has asked how I would feel about other authors writing short stories in the Gears & Gunfighters setting, so that may be on the horizon as well.
When you’re not writing, are there any shows you keep up with?
I am a big fan of Hell on Wheels and just finished Season 4, while Season 5 premieres on July 18th. It is a bit of an underdog on AMC with Walking Dead and Mad Men in the spotlight, but I am thoroughly addicted and looking forward to the final season.
Do you have any book recommendations to share?
I just picked up “Bull Mountain” by Brian Panowich, a work of Southern Outlaw fiction. Not normally a genre I read, I was impressed at his book launch party by the grit and noir of the first chapter and the breadth of his plot arc (the novel spans four generations of a family from the end of prohibition to modern day).
When people ask me to recommend a book, I invariably recommend “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I consider Oscar Wilde to be one of the finest writers of all time, and genuinely believe he was possessed of a uniquely deep understanding of the human condition.
Now the question I ask everyone–what’s your zodiac sign?
I am a classic Virgo.
Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book that might cause you to put it down?
I would like to preface my reply to this question by saying that completing a novel and sending it to print is a monumental accomplishment and worthy of recognition, and that my pet peeves are simply matters of preference rather than a comment on any author who falls victim to them- nothing can detract from the milestone that is fearlessly putting your story out into the world and giving it to others to do with what they will.
I do not care for fiction in which agenda overruns plot. If a character is anti-government, or focused on putting an end to bullying, or some other socially relevant cause, that is fine and perhaps even integral to the story. When that transitions to a sense that the author is using characters as props to drive their personal agenda to the reader, I lose interest immediately. I believe such objectives belong in the realm of non-fiction where the reader chooses to be informed on the subject, while such dialogues in fiction should be more subtle and collateral to falling in love with characters or plotlines.
Where can readers find you and your books?
My books are all available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Einar-Mercier/e/B00VKW1JLQ)
Links to all of my books and social media presence can be found on my blog as well, at www.gearsandgunfighters.com.
If you happen to be in the Augusta, Georgia area, my friend David Hutchison is stocking my novels on the shelves of the Book Tavern on Broad Street, downtown. As a plug for his business, David owns and operates his bookstore with an incredible selection of new and used titles and proudly supports independent authors for events, one of the rare gems of the central Savannah River valley.
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