Thursday, February 6, 2014

Guest Post by Mercedes M. Yardley, Author of Nameless & Giveaway

Hello, my beloved nocturnal librarians!
On Tuesday, I reviewed a fantastic new book by author Mercedes M. Yardley, Nameless. This book took my breathe away, you guys, and I'm not saying that lightly. In addition to being wholly original and inovative, Yardley is an excellent writer, extremely skilled and well-controlled.

I invited Mercedes to write a guest post, wanting to do everything I possibly can to promote this book. The guest post she wrote is above and beyond what I expected. I am in awe of her.
But here are a few words about Nameless first:

Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy, #1)Author: Mercedes M. Yardley
Series: Bone Angel Trilogy, #1
Published: January 16th 2014
Publisher: Ragnarok
Format: Paperback
Buy: Amazon

Luna Masterson sees demons. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.

 From the Vein to the Page: Harnessing Your Personal Demons
By Mercedes M. Yardley

People used to ask me how I’d write. Was there a magical formula? Did I have the writing room set up just so? Was there a special snack or drink or set of pajamas, or something specific that made my Muse lay a hand on my shoulder and unfurl her wings?
“It isn’t like that,” I’d say. “I simply open a vein and let it seep onto the page.”
This, of course, is when I get the funny looks and that cool one-raised-eyebrow thing. Then they usually take a step back. Perhaps two steps. Then they’re simply running full-tilt away from me.
The “bleed onto the page” metaphor is one that is often used, and there’s a reason for this. It’s truthful. It’s powerful. And it captures the grit of using your personal demons in order to strengthen your work.
I recently released a novel called Nameless: The Darkness Comes. This book was exceptionally fun to write. The characters are quirky and quite flawed. Yet despite those flaws, they struggle to do their best for each other. They pull themselves together as best they can while facing the most awful of adversity.
What most people don’t know if that I lost two children while writing this book. I was carrying triplets, and while all three were in peril, one of them managed to survive. (She’s currently a powerhouse toddler with wild curls and an even wilder personality.) Her sisters were lost. Two identical little girls, one lost in utero while the other lived for five hours, long enough for me to become lucid after the delivery and hold her in my arms.
She was a perfect being. They both were.
It was difficult, to say the least. It hurt my heart and my soul. Thank goodness I was writing. Thank goodness I had somewhere to channel the grief and pain.
A child goes missing in this book. Gee, I wonder what inspired that event. The characters, who are rather hapless, drive themselves crazy trying to get her back. They fall apart. They can’t deal with it. They pick the pieces back up, sometimes. They move on. They break. They carry on with humor, supporting each other as best they can. They work through emotions that I hope seem realistic and true-to-form for somebody dealing with loss. I know they felt true while I wrote them. While I certainly never would have chosen this experience, I took the personal demons that I was dealing with and bled them directly onto the page. Not only did it help me, but I’m hoping that it helped to create a stronger, more realistic novel.
Everybody has something that turns their life inside out. Our emotions are beautiful things, and we can’t keep them under wraps all of the time.  We shouldn’t. As writers, it’s important to let those feelings flow onto the page. Maybe we’ve had a terrible day. Write it into your book. Perhaps something so remarkable happened that you’re absolutely giddy. Let the excitement infuse your writing. By letting your personal demons claw their way into your work, you’ll be giving your readers a more well-rounded experience with characters who feel developed. After all, you’ve instilled your emotions into them. This will help them sparkle. It will help them shine. 

Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos and poisonous flowers in her hair. She can be found in many anthologies and magazines, and is a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in the fall of 2012, and her novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love came out in September of 2013. Her debut novel, Nameless: The Darkness Comes, came out in January 2014. It is the first book in The Bone Angel Trilogy.

I think this post deserves a standing ovation, don't you?! 

Thanks to the lovely people at Ragnarok Publications, I'm givind away an e-copy of Mercedes' novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu. I've made entering extremely easy, and the giveaway is, of course, international.

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  1. Lovely guest post and I love your thoughts on your writing process. You write like I as a reader read. I open up the novel and allow it to take over my soul..I feel and smell and become part of the story. Thanks for sharing with us :)

  2. Wow, what a fantastic and powerful guest post! Thank you so much Maja and Mercedes for this!

  3. What a horrible experience. I'm so sorry for your loss! Amazing that you can take that and bleed it out onto the page. Excellent guest post!

  4. What a powerful and heartfelt story! I can't imagine the strength needed to tell this story to the world. I'm so excited to read this book and experience first hand the "blood" you've poured into your pages.

  5. “I simply open a vein and let it seep onto the page.”
    Loved this, so very true I am sure!

    Fabulous guest post Maja!!

  6. I think this post expertly shows how powerful the well known writing rule, "Write what you know" can be for writers.

  7. Wow. I can't even imagine the loss of two children, but I'm so very glad she had writing to turn to as an outlet for her grief, and though I'm nothing but so very sorry for her loss I'm also honored to be on the receiving end of something beautiful and amazing that came from it. Thanks so much for this post!

  8. Thank you all so much for your compassion and grace. I'll be honest and say that I was nervous about touching on this subject for the guest post, but when I think about writing Nameless, I can't deny what the experience was like. Exceptionally positive for the most part, but it was still very emotional, of course.

    Thank you all for being so wonderful and understanding! To read an author is to know him or her, and we're baring all when we write, whether we mean to or not.

  9. Beautiful post. Thank you so much for being willing to share. It's always great to have an outlet for pain and grief.

  10. thanks for the post! I really need to read this book!

  11. I really like the name of that novella, good one

  12. I'm so very sorry for your loss and I can see how this book means even more. Opening a vein sounds apropos! I can't even imagine the pain.

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a powerful and touching guest post! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Now I'm off to buy Nameless!

    Toni @ My Book Addiction

  14. Tough! That his a heartbreaking story. I am glad that you have one beautiful child to hold and that you were able to channel your grief!

  15. This one sounds right up my alley. Yay! I love when you hear about a book that gets you excited.

  16. Great post. I can understand the open vein comment. Thank you and the best to the author!

  17. First of all, thank you for sharing this with us. It's an extremely brave story. While my mother went through two miscarriages, it isn't quite the same as losing two children, but at least those emotions were channeled into a positive outlet. This is one of the most honest, beautiful guest posts I've had the pleasure to read - thank you.


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