Meet Author Meri Martin, author of The Siren's Keeper Series!
about your evolution as a writer. When did you start writing, and why?
I think I knew I wanted to be an author when
I was 7. I wrote a "short" story about an elephant named Ellie. It
was probably some of my better work. I seriously knew I wanted to actually
write when I was about 24. I always have so many stories going on in my head
that I wanted to get them down on paper. Then this one particular story, that
is now The Siren's Keeper series, wouldn't go away and it was like a sign that
I need to start to write. I have always enjoyed it and use writing as a means
to get things out I can't express any other way.
Who are your greatest inspirations, and why?
I really like Charlaine Harris. I am a big fan
of all of her series and I think she is a great writer. I also have great
admiration for any writer that can put me into the book, where I feel I am a
part of their story, not just viewing it from the outside, so to speak.J.K. Rowling really did that for me in Harry
Potter and she is also a huge inspiration. Her story of how she became a
writer, her success, her philanthropy, etc,is what inspires me more than her work itself.
Tell me about your current WIP. Is this your
typical genre? What inspired this story?
I am currently writing for our
“secret project”. It is a love story, not my typical though. The inspiration
came from a dream I had that got stuck in my head and then I’ve let it go from
What’s the hardest part about being an author?
Marketing!!! I absolutely hate it, but
probably because I am no good at it. Staying focused on just one story
sometimes is hard, as well as finding the time to get it all down on paper.
What’s your writing process like? Do you plot
and outline, or do you ride “seat of the pants”?
My writing process depends on the
story. My current WIP I’ve outlined everything, right down to chapters. My
first book I wrote all the way through without any notes or anything else.If I am working on more than one thing I also
like to outline, so I don’t forget ideas, and sometimes, if I have nothing else
I’m working on, or have serious writers block on what I’m working on, I’ll
write straight through then go back and edit.