I’m lucky, very lucky indeed to be one of the first U.K. readers of The Adoption, now on the edge of the top 500 in the Amazon charts and it’s only just been self published – how cool is that!
The Adoption is a little out of my comfort zone reading. I have to leave the room when David Attenborough comes on the TV so a thriller with the picture of a child on the cover was always going to be a difficult choice but I’d had some conversations with Greg on Social Media via Kindle Scout and I sort of trusted him not to scare me witless. I wasn’t disappointed.
I’ve invited Greg into the hot seat today to find out a little more about him and his book.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to write?
Get a thick skin.
How do you approach your stories; do you plan everything out before starting, or are you more a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of a person?
Fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants. I’ve never been a plotter.
Of all your characters, do you have a favorite?
Yes, Sylvia Tran, from “The Adoption”.
How long did it take you to write your most recent book(s)?
About 8 months.
What motivated you to write your novel?
My adopted children and this thought: “What if the adoption turns out to be preplanned and not anything like we expected?”
Name three favorite authors and why they impress you.
Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Dean Koontz. The stories are always intriguing and I’m always wondering what is going to happen next. I love suspense.
Would you rather set your story in a place and time you are familiar with, or would you rather research a totally different setting?
Place and time I’m familiar with. To be honest, I don’t care for research; I’d rather write.
Do you have any little writing rituals or quirks?
Door closed, no internet, no phone, no people. I don’t have nor require anything else
How do your own experiences influence what you write ?
Quite a lot, actually. In my debut novel, The Adoption, I pull a lot from my own home life experience and then tweak it to be a little different. Logan has a lot of my own values and beliefs.
If you had to throw something into mount Doom to save the world, what would it be?
I would throw HATRED into mount Doom. We all just need to get along!
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I grab a blank page and just start writing anything…even gibberish. This usually gets things flowing again. If not, I don’t force it but go on about my day, take long walks, exercise, etc. But I always try and write something daily.
What is your favorite part of the writing process? (i.e. first draft, editing, etc…)
First draft, I do not care for the editing part! I just love when the story is unfolding in front of me for the first time and even I don’t know what’s going to happen or what the characters are going to do.
If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one book, what would it be?
The Stand (Uncut), by Stephen King.
Thanks Greg for agreeing to be in the hot seat and continued good luck with your writing in 2016. To buy The Adoption click Here. It’s only 99p until the New Year
Greg Meritt is the youngest of three children. He was born in Everett, Washington, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He has been a restaurant manager, a landscaper, a purchasing agent, and salesman. As a young person in middle school, Greg became hooked on stories after reading Stephen King’s “The Stand”, and has been reading voraciously ever since.
In 2012, he began writing his own stories and in early 2013, his short story “The Attic” was chosen out of 5,300 entries for inclusion in “The Writer’s Digest Short, Short Story Competition.”
Greg has written over thirty short stories and a novella. The Adoption is his debut novel. Greg lives in Kent, WA with his lovely wife, three adopted children and a crazy dog.