Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet the lovely Mercedes from Mercedes Prunty Author (also known as The Walking Mumbie). Thanks so much for taking part Mercedes.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
I’m a mother, wife, author and blogger from East Sussex UK. I have two beautiful girls who are the life and soul of my home and are forever keeping me on my toes. I have a brilliant husband who works extremely hard, so I can stay with my babies at home, write my books and my blog. He is awesome!!!
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
Writing my books as I seem to have ten gazillion ideas floating around my fluffy brain. (I say fluffy because although my friends and family think I’m clever writing books, they also know me and do wonder how on Earth I actually do write because I can be ditzy, stupid, silly and fluffy).
When I’m not writing I like to help out at my girl’s school, helping the kids to read as there are so many children that cannot read and their parents either can’t read or won’t read with them. Which I feel is so sad because being able to read is not only a basic need (E.G. for when you’re an adult to be able to distinguish medicines, poisons, road maps, ingredients etc) but also for imagination. I could not imagine my life without books and to not be able to read and experience so many different worlds, ideas and meet different characters is just crazy. I also like meeting my mum in town for yummy lunches and going to my nans to annoy her with the kids.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest life achievement so far (Other than having my babies / marrying my hubby because those are the best ones), is writing and self-publishing my 6 books. So far I have written 2 fantasy novels, 3 (nearly 4) zombie horror novels and a kids book.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
Bedtimes for me is the hardest part of parenting. My youngest is fine – she loves sleep and will drop off on her own after a cuddle, story and maybe a half an hour DVD depending on her mood, but my eldest just doesn’t like sleep. She will fight it until she cannot keep her eyes open no more and passes out.
The easiest or most rewarding part of parenting for me is playtime. They can play with me or daddy and be happy or they will play together whilst mummy is writing and still be happy. They have their arguments like all kids but mostly they play like little angels 😉 I love how they have such huge imaginations and it does make me wonder if they too will write books just like mummy.
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
I wing it. I wake up, see how the day’s going and fit in what I can around them. Some days they will both be at school / nursery and I have all day to write books or blog. Then other days, like the school holidays, I will wake up and take them for a day out at our local zoo, playpark, friend’s house or have pyjama days, just depends on weather, mood and money lol. I just take it as the day comes.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
A woman who came to a writers group that I belonged to said it was a good thing for authors to take up, because we need to build up an author platform to get ourselves and for our stories to be seen and heard. Mine has helped me a lot with getting some sales but it’s not a miracle machine, it takes time, effort and money. I also like blogging as it keeps me writing, like if I’m having a bad writing day for my books I know I can go to my blog and moan, seek advice, write advice and then my writers block normally clears. My blog is like an extension of me, a diary of sorts.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
My blog for the most part is about my writing process, my works in progress, poems, short stories but I also include author interviews, book reviews, film reviews, writing tips and advice if and when someone writes to me. I also like to include some family events like days out, birthdays and holidays, not to mix up my niche but to show my readers I’m not just a writing robot, but also a human who has a family as well as books.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
Honestly, I would love for it to grow and make me millions (lol don’t we all!!!) But realistically what I really want from my blog is for it to help me gain readership for my books, for people to read my blog and want to find out more. I also want it to help others, especially those who want to write a book but don’t know the first thing about certain processes, such as world building, character building, plot, editing, proofreading, cover design, publishing, self-promotion and marketing. There is so much more to being an author than just writing a book and I want to show that to readers and writers alike.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Just try it. What have you got to lose? Also be patient – it took me a while to gain any sort of following and genuine readers. Don’t be too disheartened if people come and go, if it gets read or it doesn’t, because it will grow naturally. Also be prepared to put in the hard work to share it around. Just writing a post and posting it will not get it seen.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
1) Angelina Jolie – I love her as an actress, but I also think in person she would be awesome to meet.
2) Charlie Higson – He wrote ‘The Enemy series’ which is about zombies in the UK and survivor kids in London. It had me gripped from the beginning. I would love to pick his brains (not literally) about how he gets his ideas.
3) Louise Pentland – I love her, I love her blog and I love her books. She seems so happy, fun and full of Glitter. I would love to chat to her about blogging and how she made it.
Tell me three random facts about you
1) I was named after a character in a book and the car. My mum liked a book with the main character called Mercedes, and my dad loved the car, so naturally that had to be my name.
2) I might be called Mercedes, but I don’t drive one.
3) I illustrated my own pictures for my children’s book and I drew them all in one night!