Welcome to my Blog Patty! I'm so happy to have you over. I've been a huge Mercy fan for a long time. Have you always envisioned this path for Mercy or did you go with the flow and saw where it went? How much of the events so have been planed from the beginning?
A: Thank you so much for having me I am a pantser (write by the seat of my pants). However, because I write knowing that there will be another book, I have the freedom to set aside some story threads (or just good ideas) that won’t fit neatly in the book I’m writing. Then I take those and weave them into another book. Take for instance the book Mercy borrowed in Iron Kissed. There was no place in the end of Iron Kissed to have her return the book. Nor was there a good place in Bone Crossed . I acknowledged the fae book in Bone Crossed, so that readers would know that I hadn’t forgotten about it – and then I found Something Important to do with it in Silver Borne.
Q: Did you ever make huge changes from what you were planing on writing to what came out in the end? Can you give us an example?
A: Absolutely. Mercy’s walking stick was never meant to be a real
character. I took the fae artifacts that I’d collect from various stories and I gave her the one least likely to be useful. Then I started finding useful things for it to do. Eventually I had to take it away because it was too powerful and starting to unbalance Mercy’s character -- not in the sanity sense of the word, but in the game-balance sense. I have found that it is easy to tell good stories with characters who are not overly powerful (we call it the Superman syndrome.)
Q: How many books do you plan on writing in the Mercy Series?
A: I’ll continue to write them as long as I continue to find interesting stories to tell – and not one story more. I promise.
Q: How about the Alpha & Omega one?
A: Fair Game is the last Alpha & Omega book I have under contract. In
general (though not with Fair Game), I find the A&O series a little more time-consuming to write than the Mercy books. For that reason, the three book contract I signed a few months ago (still owing Ace a Mercy book from the previous contracts) was for two Mercy books and something set in Mercy’s world. So now I owe them a total of three Mercy books and something else. That something else might very well be an Alpha and Omega or it might just be something else
. I am pretty certain, at any rate, that I will write more A&O books. It just might be a while.
Q: Any plans for more spin-offs from this fantastic world you have created? Maybe novellas?
A: Yes. I’ve been talking with my editor (who is agreeable) about coming out with a collection of short stories. I have five short stories and a novella set in the world of A&O and Mercy. I need to write a story for Samuel since I couldn’t quiet work his romance with Arianna into Silver Borne. It would be a way for people who don’t want to bother running down the other short stories to find them all – and there are a lot of secondary characters that I’d love to tell readers more about.
And then there is that novel set in Mercy’s world that is under contract
. There is a lot of room for more stories in my urban fantasy world, I suspect I’ll never get to all of them.
Q: If there as to be a TV show or movies based on the Mercy series, who would you envision playing Mercy and Adam?
A: I would hope they get someone with Native American ancestry to play
Mercy, because that’s an important part of who she is. Otherwise, I’d just like good actors who are appropriate to the role they are playing.
Q: Last but not least, What is coming up next for you? Any plans of writing a brand new series?
A: Not at this moment
. I’m working on Frost Burned, the seventh book in the Mercy Thompson series. There are a dozen books I’d like to get to outside of the urban fantasy – a third Hurog book, a follow up to The Hob’s Bargain, a few books set in the world of the Raven duology. But for right now, I’m very happy playing with Charles, Anna and Mercy and their world.
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