Indie Historical Romance Author Merry Farmer joins us today. She’s an award-winning novelist from Philadelphia with a love of history, knitting and I hear-tell she’s an avid Cricket player. Please welcome her as she sits down with us for a little…
Conversation with Merry Farmer.
Hi Merry! Tell us a little about yourself, so my readers can get to know you.
Merry Farmer: Hi, my name is Merry Farmer and I’m a writer. I’ve been a writer almost as long as I can remember, since that glorious day in the first grade when I learned how to spell the word “grasshopper” and it gave me the biggest thrill I’ve ever had. I started writing stories for fun when I was in third grade and realized that I didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. Ever since then I’ve entertained myself by writing. I wrote a lot of stories in which I was the heroine when I was much younger. Then I gradually shifted to rewriting the endings of movies like Labyrinth and Indiana Jones when I didn’t like the way they ended. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I shifted away from writing first-person stories about myself or fan fiction and started writing original content. I think that all those years of practice I had using someone else’s stories or devices really prepared me to branch out on my own and create original characters and situations. Nowadays I have so many ideas for stories spanning everything from medieval romance to sci-fi to dystopian future erotica that I don’t know when I’ll find the time to write it all!
Those are some fabulous choices, I must say. What authors might you list as particular influences?
Merry Farmer: As far as writers I admire go, I have always been a big fan of Jane Austen and L.M. Montgomery. Reading their work taught me a lot about creating dimensional characters and intriguing plots. I’m also a huge fan of J.K. Rowling and everything she has done to inspire an entire generation to read. I also have several writers in my family. My Dad writes, although he’s never published anything. I’ve also always been inspired by my cousin Liza Gyllenhaal who has published several novels. It was so important as a young person to look to this talented cousin who was published and to see that I could do that too.
What inspired the story of your new Montana Romance series?
Merry Farmer: What inspired the Montana Romance series? I've always been fascinated with the Old West, particularly the time period after most western states were settled and gained statehood. It was a unique time and place in American history. Yes, it was still the frontier, still remote and full of legend and mystery to people back east. But the west of the 1890s was also surprisingly progressive. Western states like Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah gave women the vote before 1900, decades before the rest of the country, in some cases. Interracial couples could live in relative peace for the era. It was also a time when industry was booming and inventions like electricity, automobiles, and telephones were either already a part of everyday life or on the horizon. It was an era that was almost modern, but not quite. I love that expectant quality of the era and have tried to capture it in the Montana Romance books.
Merry Farmer: Well, the third full-length novel in the Montana Romance series, IN YOUR ARMS, will be coming out in mid to late November. It tells the story of Christian Avery, Cold Springs's Justice of the Peace, and an Indian-born teacher, Lily Singer, who was raised in the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. I wanted to explore a little bit of what happened to the Native Americans after the end of the "Cowboys and Indians" era and to show the paradox of their importance to western culture and the prejudice they encountered. And I love those two characters and their tempestuous love story. I am also planning a Christmas novella about Amelia from FOOL FOR LOVE's sister Eve, who has become an actress and makes a stop in Cold Springs. Sparks fly between her and Rev. Andrews over the town's Christmas pageant. After that, I'll be working on the fourth full-length novel in the Montana Romance series, SOMEBODY TO LOVE, which is Phineas Bell's love story. I'm excited about that because the book will be an m/m romance as part of a mainstream romance series. I'm a little anxious about how it will be received, but I love Phin and the character of Cold Springs's new sheriff, Elliot Tucker. Finally, a character popped into IN YOUR ARMS as I was writing that I instantly fell in love with and might just have to write a novella for, but I can't tell you who he is without spoiling part of the plot for IN YOUR ARMS. Whew! I've got some work to do! After that I'll be working on a Sci-Fi series and then moving back in time to 1800 and the high seas for a trilogy. I also have a curious series I'd like to write that I've been describing to people as "humorous dystopian gay romantic erotica", but before you laugh, I won a prestigious award at the Philadelphia Writer's Conference this year for the first book in that series, A MAN'S WORLD. Strange but compelling!
Indeed! You are one busy lady! Best of luck with all of them. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Merry Farmer: Just that I am grateful and applaud anyone who takes a chance on unknown Indie authors like me.
Let’s hope so!
Merry: It’s so encouraging to those of us who are excited about forging new paths and trying new ways of publishing to know that we have readers hungry for us. I think it is readers like these who will define the terms of the new world of publishing we’re on the verge of entering. Thanks to you all!
Merry, thanks for being with us today. It was a pleasure to have you, and we wish you all the best in the future!
About the Author:
Merry Farmer is an award-winning novelist who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she is a giant History nerd and a hopeless romantic waiting for her own love story to start. Her first book, The Loyal Heart, is a swashbuckling Medieval Historical Romance involving a love triangle that will keep you guessing. Both The Loyal Heart and its sequel, The Faithful Heart, and The Courageous Heart are available wherever eBooks are sold. She has also begun a new Western Historical Romance series set in Montana in 1895. Our Little Secrets, and Fool for Love are available now and the third tile in the series, SARAH SUNSHINE, was just released. Merry is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.
Visit Merry Farmer at: http://merryfarmer.net/
Her fine novels are available at the following links:
THE LOYAL HEART
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005R4K75W
B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-loyal-heart-merry-farmer/1106051739?...
Sony eReader Store – http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/merry-farmer/the-loyal-heart/_/R-400000...
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92993
THE FAITHFUL HEART
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006PUDD44
B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-faithful-heart-merry-farmer/11080683...
Sony eReader Store – http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/merry-farmer/the-faithful-heart/_/R-400...
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/117240
OUR LITTLE SECRETS
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087KI4T4
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/167282
B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/our-little-secrets-merry-farmer/11116491...
FOOL FOR LOVE: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fool-Love-Montana-Romance-ebook/dp/B00CFO4G5O/ref=...
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fool-for-love-merry-farmer/1115182519?ea...
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sarah-sunshine-merry-farmer/1116481828?e...