Mercedes welcome to my blog. Tell us where you were born?
MMY: I was born in American Fork, Utah. I grew up in Emery County, which is a rural little town in the middle of the desert. Iâ€™m currently living in Vegas, which is certainly a change.Â I miss small town life.
That is for sure, Who or What inspired you to write this book?
MMY: This book came about after years of writing and publishing in magazines and anthologies. I was working on â€œThe Novelâ€ but I truly love short stories. I kept writing them on the side while working on longer pieces. I had thought about putting a collection together, but it was sort of a pie-in-the-sky dream. I didnâ€™t take it seriously until the editor at Shock Totem mentioned it to me, that heâ€™d be interested in putting it out. Sometimes it takes another person to wake you up to what you want.
Very impressive. Tell us more…
MMY: Gladly! Itâ€™s a collection of 27 stories. Some of them are fairly dark, but they all have a vein of hope running through them. A liberal dose of fairy dust sparkled throughout. Some are stories that I wrote for my children. Some are tied to other characters that I have in other stories. Quite a few of my novel characters show up in the collection, like Peter in â€œThe Container of Sorrowsâ€ and Azhar in â€œThe Quiet Places Where Your Body Growsâ€.Â I hope the stories are something that you can savor. Theyâ€™re meant to be read one at a time, hopefully as a little escape from daily life.
Great idea…What genre does it fall under?
MMY: Iâ€™d say itâ€™s dark fantasy. Thereâ€™sÂ a strong thread of magical realism in there, as well. Itâ€™s doing well in the horror circuit, which is a delight, but itâ€™s gore-free. Itâ€™s a pretty little thing.
Perfect for Halloween mood. What is the name of your new book?
Interesting…What other books would you compared to?
MMY: Iâ€™ve heard it compared to work by Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, and Kelly Link, which is flattering.Â Sort of a 20th Century Ghosts meets Stardust. Dark and light. Hopeful and sorrowful.
LOL…What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
MMY: Hopefully it will give them hope. A little bit of escape. I want the reader to become lost in words and lyricism and another world for just a little while. The stories are brief, so hopefully they can be a small treat that fits into the readerâ€™s day.
Sound great…Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
MMY: Beautiful Sorrows was published by Shock Totem Publications, which is a small dark press. Iâ€™m a member of the staff there. We put together a very cool magazine, and branched out into books and other projects. Beautiful Sorrows was sort of an experiment, since we had never done a collection before. It turned out beautifully. I couldnâ€™t be more proud. Shock Totem has several other projects on tap at the moment.
Good for you. Where can we find your book?
MMY: Beautiful Sorrows can be found at the Shock Totem Store, which is here: http://shocktotem.bigcartel.com/product/beautiful-sorrows-mercedes-m-yardley
and also on Amazon, which is here: http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Sorrows-Mercedes-M-Yardley/dp/098827230X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377155464&sr=8-1&keywords=beautiful+sorrows
Thank you so much!Â
Your welcome, Mercedes. Happy writings…
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