Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love as well as other works. If you’re not familiar with Mercedes, let’s take a moment to get everyone a little better acquainted…
Mercedes M. Yardley wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She likes to do a little bit of everything, and writes dark fantasy, horror, nonfiction, and poetry. Mercedes minored in Creative Writing and worked as a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine. She is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love and her debut novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes, which is the first book in THE BONE ANGEL TRILOGY. She often speaks at conferences and teaches workshops on several subjects, including personal branding and how to write a novel in stolen moments. Mercedes lives and works in Sin City, and you can reach her at http://www.mercedesyardley.com.
Welcome Mercedes! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
Sympathetic serial killers in love. With fire.
Great short synopsis! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
Oh! This is a fantastic question! I’d play MS MR’s “Dark Doo Wop.” It’s the voice of the main female character in my novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. I can see Montessa singing it, easily.
Great song! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Tim Burton has to direct it. Definitely. I’d like to be played by Christina Ricci, perhaps. Or maybe Brittany Murphy would have been more apt. She was deliciously goofy.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I’m a pantser, through and through. Definitely a discovery writer, though I’m doing some loose plotting now that I’m working on a trilogy. I only write poetry by hand; everything else goes directly into the computer. My computer is pretty much my life.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
Remain open and friendly without being naïve. Some people don’t have your best interests at heart. Take care of yourself.
That’s solid advice. What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
August Frost by Monique Roffey, Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coke Zero.
- Cats or dogs? Cats!
- Snow or sun? SNOW.
- Print books or eReader? eReader.
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos!
- Baked or fried? Baked.
- Candy or chocolate? Chocolate is the source of all life.
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Animated! Studio Ghibli all the way!
- Classics or Modern? Modern.
- Old World or New World? Old World.
- Sweet or spicy? Sweet, baby!
- Comfort or Speed? Speed! Comfort is great when you’re old.
Now let’s take a look at Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love…
Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as ‘Apocalyptic’ Montessa and her doomed lover, ‘Nuclear’ Lulu, crisscross the country in a bloody, paranormal firestorm of revenge.