HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Mercedes Yardley


Mercedes Yardley

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I have a special affinity for a character that I simply call Ray the Vampire. I wrote my first Ray story when he was a kid in high school, running around with all of his tragically anemic friends. He has since grown up and works in the back room of a sandwich shop. He’s too hot-headed to be around the customers. He’s sarcastic and has no respect for anybody except for the girl he loves.

2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading some Ennis Drake, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aimee Bender, and I’m starting some Jim Butcher. It’s a little eclectic. I have a difficult time sitting down and reading one thing at a time.

6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
I killed off a favorite character, and it was the first time I had done so. I cried like a baby while I wrote it. I had AFI’s “Silver and Cold” on repeat and I was just so emotionally involved. Killing him was just…oh, it hurt my soul. But it’s what the story needed. It’s a powerful scene, but painful.

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
All of it. Lyrics speak to me more profoundly than the melody, but I love all of it. Something with a heavy beat that makes my heart move, like A Perfect Circle’s “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums”. Or things that are soft and sad. The Magnetic Fields. Of Monsters and Men. Any of it. All of it.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
David Bowie. Or David Duchovny. Why won’t you love me?

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Oh! Cartoons! I’m a huge anime freak. And I love Disney. What time is it? Adventure Time! Yes. I love watching cartoons. With a blanket, preferably. I’m such a child.

Mercedes Yardley has two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although she tries her very best. She likes to write stories. She likes to write poems. She likes to write essays and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. She's written a few novels, and she's shopping the last one around. It’s challenging, and she likes it that way. She's a member of the SFWA, the HWA, and she is the nonfiction editor for Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted. Check them out at www.shocktotem.com.

She knows how to throw a tomahawk and she wears red corduroys because they make her happy. That’s also why she writes: She likes being happy.

She's thrilled to be represented by Jason Yarn at Paradigm. You can contact her at mercedesyardley(at)gmail(dot)com.

Find Mercedes online at:

WEBSITE - A Broken Laptop - http://abrokenlaptop.com

- @mercedesmy
- https://twitter.com/mercedesmy


  1. Ahhh! I don't know what's worse; that you've interviewed my Nemesis or that she and I have so much in common!

    *eyes interview coldly, then wanders off to watch cartoons*

    1. According to Chuck Klosterman we need a nemesis, Matt. At least you picked a pretty one!

      :) Heidi

  2. That's so when I eventually replace you, nobody will really notice.


    Thank you so much for this, Heidi! :D

    1. So glad you picked six, Mercedes!

      And, I'm with you on Duchovny.

      ;) Heidi


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