I met author RL “Ro” Merrill a few years back when I was organizing one of my Autism Awareness events on Facebook. We’ve chatted a lot over the years and I’ve read several of her books, LOVED ‘EM ALL!, and I’m pleased to say we’ve become friends. This lady is caring, witty, whacky, and just so much fun! I’m so exciting to Talk with Ro today!
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About R.L. Merrill from her Amazon Page
Once upon a time… a teacher, tattoo collector, mom, and rock ‘n’ roll kinda gal opened up a doc and started purging her demons. Several self-published books and a debut gay romance with Dreamspinner Press later, R.L. Merrill is still striving to find that perfect balance between real life and happily ever after. She writes stories set in the places she loves most, such as Hollywood, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Northern California-and Iowa. Ro also loves connecting with other authors online, at the annual Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, and chapter meetings for the Romance Writers of America, of which she’s been a member since 2014. A sucker for underdogs, Ro has adopted a wide variety of pets including cats, dogs, rats, snakes, fish, and a chameleon named Godzilla. Her love of horror is evident the moment you walk in her door and find yourself surrounded by decorative skulls and quirky artwork from around the world. You can find her lurking on social media where she loves connecting with readers, educating America’s youth, being a mom taxi to two busy kids, in the tattoo chair trying desperately to get that back piece finished, or head banging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. https://www.amazon.com/R.L.-Merrill/e/B00PI6Q1LI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Let’s talk about your favorite genre to read? To write?
To read? Paranormal. I like to really get lost. But mostly I read for authors, not necessarily the genre. I do love me some LGBTQ pairings. To write? Contemporary gives me all the feels and paranormal is damn fun! Horror is something I’m dying to write.
What inspired you to write your first book? And, please, tell us about that book.
A really ugly time in my life got me writing and I’ve not stopped for ten years! I love it. It fulfills me in a way I didn’t think was possible. My first book was a supernatural romance set at a boarding school for children who have been victims of trauma. Someday I’ll publish it! Haunted was my debut and people still tell me they love “dem boys from Houma, LA”
Do you have a favorite theme for the stories you read and write?
Hope, Love, and rock ‘n’ roll are at the center of all of my stories. Love healing hurt, good overcoming evil, fate…those are all themes that make frequent appearances in my stories.
Let’s talk POV? Which do you prefer and why?
I started in first person, then switched to third. I can go either way. I don’t know that I have a preference.
What’s on the top of your TBR pile right now?
Clay Davis’s The Ballad Of Pierre Poppet! Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert, and Robyn Peterman’s latest witch book!
Do you mind sharing the synopsis of your latest story with our readers? Maybe give us a tease to whet our appetites? How did you come up with the idea for this story?
My next release will be part of the Love is All anthology, out June 4th. It’s called Pinups and Puppies
Marianne Cross has lived a life of structure and purpose for the past twenty-four years. Now reluctantly retired from the Air Force, her life is missing those two things that have always defined her. As she struggles to decide where her future lies, she finds peace and solitude flying her vintage airplane. When an opportunity with the organization Pawsitive Flight comes along, allowing her to combine flying with a purpose, she’s interested in the possibilities—especially those concerning the owner of Goth Dog Rescue, Dinah Shaw. She’s tough, beautiful, and she makes Marianne want things she hasn’t allowed herself to want in a long time.
Flying rescue dogs to their furever homes may give Marianne new purpose, and even a home of her own in the process…if she’s willing to risk her heart on a little fly-by-night romance.
The story happened after my best friend’s husband told me he’s been flying dogs to rescue organizations all over the state on his day off in the Cessna he and my bestie own! Isn’t that awesome?
Can we talk about character development? Do you have a set process for developing your characters? Do you plot them out ahead of time or do they develop as you write the story?
It usually starts with a song or a “what if” wondering. I did find a tool recently that helped me create some characters for an upcoming WIP. It’s a graphic I stole from someone.
Please talk to us about where readers can find you on social media and where they can find your books. Maybe share a bit about your top 3 favorite books?
Readers can find me lurking on social media at the links below. I also have a reader group called Ro’s Roadies Of Romance. I’d love for you to join. As for my books:
If you like contemporary with a little sprinkling of the occult, a heap of grief, and some tattoo healing, try Haunted. If ginger reclusive rock gods trying to better themselves for their kids are your catnip, try Teacher. If you dig ornery octogenarians with wayward balls who play accidental Cupid to the gay odd couple and dudes who are Forces of Nature, check out Hurricane Reese!
Message from Ro’s FB page:
Greetings from New Orleans! To celebrate, I wanted to share my paranormal romances inspired by the city, the Minded series! They are all 99 cents on Amazon and I’d LOVE for you to pick one up! You can start with Minded, or the prequel Father F’in Christmas, and get ready, because on June 24th I will be releasing a NEW MINDED BOOK! That’s right! Maggie and Louis are BACK! So catch up today! https://www.rlmerrillauthor.com/paranormal-romance
If your reading tastes lean toward gay romance, you will love the Forces of Nature series from Dreamspinner Press. Check them out!
What’s Audra’s Favorite Series by Ro Merrill? Teacher!