Okay, okay, so maybe that’s a little over the top. But it’s a great day here on the website; we have author Merri Halma, the mind behind the Indigo Travelers series dropping in and answering some questions!
So why don’t I step aside and let her talk? Brilliant idea! Away we go!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I had a severe speech impediment growing up, but longed to be heard and I had an active imagination. Before I could read, I would study the pictures in magazines and make up stories. I never shared those stories with my family, so my mom wasn’t aware of until much later. Approaching my teen years, my dad gave me a journal book and I started recording my thoughts. I knew then I wanted to be a writer. My parents weren’t thrilled by that desire. Writing gave me a voice that speaking did not. It also gave me a way to channel my imagination.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started writing my first book at 12, I think. Rena Richards Freelance Photographer. I still have the handwritten manuscript. I never finished it. I ran into a block because I didn’t know where to take the story and I had no one to discuss it with. I was intimidated by my own goals.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes, I have. When I was a teen, I wanted to write under Merri Hudson. Now, I want to use a combination of my birth name Alice Ventaloro or name Erin Ventaloro. Erin is my alter ego.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?