A founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio (affectionately dubbed SiCCO), Mercedes King can be found elbow-deep in research, reading, or enjoying the local bike path. Combining her love of pop culture with history, she created A Dream Called Marilyn, a fictional take on the last weeks of Marilyn’s life. With an unquenchable thirst for a bygone era, she’s also written O! Jackie, a fictional take on Jackie Kennedy’s private life–and how she dealt with JFK’s affairs. Short story fans would enjoy The Kennedy Chronicles, a series featuring Jackie and Jack before the White House and before they were married. Visit Mercedes’ website at www.mercedesking.com to find out more.
About the Book:
In the summer of 1962, nothing could prepare Dr. Charles Campbell for his first meeting with new client, Marilyn Monroe. A reputable L.A. psychiatrist, he’s been hired by a studio executive to treat and subdue the star, no matter what it takes. Although he’s been warned about Ms. Monroe’s unpredictability, she’s not what he expected. Gaining Marilyn’s trust means crossing doctor-patient boundaries, and trying to separate fact from Hollywood-fed-rumors proves destructive to both Charles’ career and his personal life. As Marilyn shares her secrets and threatens to go public with information that could destroy President Kennedy’s administration, Charles’ world turns upside-down. He sinks deeper into her troubles than he should, but Charles becomes determined to help her, even though it means endangering Marilyn’s life and risking his own.
For More Information
- A Dream Called Marilyn is available at Amazon.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Mercedes. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
I’ve been at this for a while. A Dream Called Marilyn is my first novella, but I have two other novels and short stories that are available.
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I self-published my first novel after 5 years of rejections. Not easy, but most agents / publishers didn’t want to take it on because of the subject matter (O! Jackie…Jackie Kennedy is ultimately responsible for the death of Marilyn Monroe [fiction!]).
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
I published with an e-book publisher last year. I signed the contract in December 2013 and the book was available (after 4 rounds of edits) in May 2014.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
Getting published is a lot like having a child, for me. A LOT goes into creating that baby of yours, and right before it’s released, there’s a lot of labor in the end. All worth it, though. Both for the books and especially for the babies!
Q: What was the first thing you did as far as promotion when you were published for the first time?
A gentleman contacted me for a podcast interview for his program. It was simple, straight-forward and a ton of fun.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
As a writer, I no longer mind the edit / review process. I know it takes time to get the words and format right. Even then, you still might find a mistake, but not rushing is important.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
Publishing is always changing, which is both exciting and sometimes frustrating. The hardest part is getting your book in front of readers. And then you hope, that one people do take a chance on your book(s) that you’ve gained a reader-for-life.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
Anytime someone shares that he/she has enjoyed my book. There are tons of great authors and books out there, so it’s always special to hear from someone that he/she enjoyed your story. It’s always appreciated!
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Finish what you start. Even if you hate the book by the time you’re done. Finish it. Don’t get distracted by a ‘great new idea’. The journey of writing a book is loaded with life lessons.