Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Plantation Nation by @Mercedes_King_ #interview #giveaway

Historical Fiction

Date Published: May 27, 2014

Sixteen year old Emma Cartwright runs away from her family’s South Carolina rice plantation after a slave is beaten to death. Determined to join the fight against slavery, Emma enlists in the Union Army disguised as a young man. Nothing could prepare her for the sacrifices needed—and for falling in love for the first time.    



What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Sometimes the hardest part is being ‘done’, having the confidence to say, “okay, the book is finished, edited, doesn’t need anything else...” Letting it go and putting it out there. A bit of a nail-biter, but in a good way. 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

A ton of Maroon 5, Phil Collins, Train, and some classical. Rock is my favorite when working out; Classical when I’m writing. 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I do have a couple awesome people who help me comb through the drafts. Fresh eyes and perspective are so important.

What book are you reading now?

The Shroud Key by Vincent Zandri

How did you start your writing career?

I’ve always been a writer; it’s my ‘thing’. I think it’s fair to say I’m still working on the ‘career’ part. Getting published is a long process. Then you have to find your readers...all while working on more books. But I love all the challenges. 

Tell us about your next release.

My next release, tentatively titled “Bouvier Afternoon”, is a short story about Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress. Think of Say Yes to the Dress with Jacqueline Bouvier...and a bit of conflict.

Mercedes King is an Ohio native and founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio (affectionately dubbed SiCCO). With a degree in Criminology from Capital University and a passion for writing, she crafted O! Jackie, a novel focusing on the private life of Jackie Kennedy. She has also written The Kennedy Chronicles, a series of short stories featuring JFK and Jackie before they were married and before 'Camelot'. Mercedes writes in a variety of genres, including historical and mystery / suspense. In fact, she's working on creating a new genre, 'modern historical'.
Her newest release, Plantation Nation, follows the journey of Emma Cartwright, a 16 year old Southern girl who disguises herself as a young man and joins the Union Army.
Visit her sites, or . Contact her at Mercedes 'at' ojackiebook 'dot' com. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Twitter: @Mercedes_King_
Instagram: mercedes_king_author

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