What do you hope your obituary will say about you? “Merry Farmer: She was a nice person, beloved by all, who wrote engaging and imaginative stories”.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in a little suburb of Philadelphia called Bryn Athyn. It’s a unique community built around the Swedenborgian church, which is a highly intellectual, philosophical Protestant church. There’s a big focus on education and deeper thought there, not to mention a lot of retro-medieval architecture and artwork! It definitely influenced my love of history and deep though. I live nearby now, although not in Bryn Athyn, but my family is still there. We had a great arts program at the schools I went to, and that’s been a huge influence.
How did you develop your writing? My writing has developed mostly through practice. I’ve been writing for 30+ years now and I’ve learned through a lot of trial and error. If there’s one piece of advice I could give to aspiring writers, it’s write all the time, whether you think it’s good or not. You only get better if you practice.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Honestly, the history of the time periods that I write in is what inspires me. As they say, the truth is stranger than fiction. Even my Sci-Fi novels are based on history. So much has happened on this planet! So many lives had been lived.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? You know, if you’d asked me five years ago, I would have said getting published. If you’d asked me a year and a half ago, I’d have said writing. But these days I say marketing. At least that’s the hardest for me to do at the level I need to grow my readership. It’s hard for me because my personality type would so much rather just hide in my writer cave and write instead of going out and telling people about my writing. Marketing is absolutely necessary though, especially in today’s publishing climate.
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Genre - Western Historical Romance
Rating – R
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