Girl, Have You Met…. Mercy B.?
As a National Best Selling author, she’s made an impression on the forever evolving Urban Fiction/Romance genre and we are thrilled to have her joining us in Houston!
Register HERE by March 8th to not only be able to meet Mercy, but to also secure your official Girl, Have You Read swag.
And read more about Mercy B. below!
Mercy + Grey
…rendering Romance with an Urban persona
As Mercy, I am a bonafide Urban cultivator with over 35 titles under my belt. Between the pages and through the bleeding ink of my pen, I urge to create whimsical stories that depict the truth about black love with relative situations, circumstances, and characters.
Grey is a penman derived from a deeper desire to tell of less complex, circumstantial, stereotyped, and biased stories of black love. Grey’s goal is to highlight the misconception that black love stories can be everything BUT pleasant, joyful, everlasting, and beautiful.
Together, the two are a capricious combustion of xs and os, with intentions of creating the most divine tales of beauty and blackness.
My latest series, “Dade and SaeKu: A Bronx Tale” is now available on amazon.
(Sneak peeks can be found on www.MercyB.online x For Readers tab)
Have you always known you wanted to be a writer?
No. Writing has always been a sweet spot for me, but becoming an author wasn’t in my wildest dreams. I was an avid reader enjoying the experience the writings took me on, and that’s where m adventure concluded.
Where does the inspiration for your stories come from?
With all honesty, my struggles with love. I’m a hopeless romantic. Whether I’m building my dream male, idea relationship, or expressing my latest heartbreak, my writings are direct reflections of my situations –sometimes those around me, too.
What would readers be surprised to know about you?
I spend the first few weeks of my writing schedule doing everything but writing. My books are usually written in the last 7-14 days of my promised release date. I know, it’s horrible, but I work better when pressured.
Oh, I’m a horrible speller. Everything looks wrong, even when it’s correct.
What are your hobbies outside of writing?
Consulting and teaching are my hobbies turned hustles. They both pertain to writing, but I don’t personally push the pen. I love creating courses and helping aspiring authors make their dreams of publishing a book a bit easier than it seems.
Otherwise, I enjoy designing my daughter’s children books. Our books are filled with words, and designing isn’t necessary. The colors and freedom to create makes me so happy when working on her projects.
Why is Black Romance important to you?
I hate to sound cliché, but I can’t put this a better way. Black love is underrated. It’s my goal to reclaim the essence and uniqueness of such profound love. Wholly, black love has been diminished –especially with the new generation. I consider myself a part of the era, and the last thing I want to see is the principles, morals, and beauty deplete. Within my stories, I try to keep readers informed and mindful of the plausible. It’s gotten to the point where many settle being that unhealthy relationships are being displayed across the television and social platforms, so it’s known as the norm. I am on a quest to combat and deem it incorrect –absurd to say the least.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Stay true to yourself –forever and always.
I’m a Romance writer that enlists urban characters within my stories to give it a more intense and suspenseful aura. For so long, I struggled and battled with my genre. I knew that what I was writing was different because it was solely based on love. It wasn’t until 2016 that I came to terms with the fact that I write Romance with an Urban persona. I still love the dramatic covers and all things urban, but my storytelling is not completely suiting of the genre.
- Favorite black romance book of all time? As I said a bit back, I’m an avid Urban Fiction reader. My favorite is, “True to The Game,” by Terri Woods.
- Favorite author of all time? I don’t have a favorite author.
- Favorite book turned movie? Twilight.
- Favorite genre to read? Urban Fiction, but it’s quickly changing. Soon, this answer will be Romance.
- Favorite genre to write? Along the lines of Romance & Urban
- What is your go-to writing playlist? I create a new playlist with each series/standalone. As of now, “Excuse Me,” by Jay Z is the leading song for my current project.
- What snack/drink must you have while you’re writing? If any? HOT CHIPS OF ALL KIND! Also, chocolate to calm the burning sensation. Redbull is needed, because I burn the midnight oil.
- How do you celebrate a release day? Sometimes I cry, because I want to scratch the entire project after it’s been uploaded. (lol) It’s not often, but it happens. Besides that, I try to sit and outline my next project. The excitement usually gets my creative juices flowing. I work well with the positive energy I receive from my readers.
- What’s your favorite part about being an author? The ability to be rewarded for your creativity, and the ability to create continuously.
- Where can people find you and your books? My website is www.MercyB.online. I’m @mercybcarruthers EVERYWHERE except for twitter. Remove the (s) because they were tripping about the length of my name. @MercyBCarruthers Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat. Twitter (-s). Periscope.