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Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos and poisonous flowers in her hair. She can be found in many anthologies and magazines, and was a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in the fall of 2012, and her novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love came out in September of 2013 and won the 2013 Stabby Award for Best Short Fiction in December.

Her first novel, Nameless: The Darkness Comes, Book #1 of The Bone Angel Trilogy, is out in January 2014 by Ragnarok Publications

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Anything with chocolate. Today I made a wonderful Black Forest Cherry Trifle that was just divine. I’ll include the recipe!

Question 2: Please name your favourite villainMontessacover

It’s a toss-up between Hannibal Lecter and Maleficent. Both are intelligent, cunning villains, and that’s what makes them so scary. That mixture of fine manners and cruelty is delicious.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

I immediately toss the briefcase and my beret in the air to celebrate coming to the city/getting a new job or moving from the city/quitting an old job. I hope that briefcase is full of confetti and glitter.

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

I love So-and-So as a character! How did you come up with him/her?

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

So tell me why I should be interested in your books?

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Bonus Question: What are some of the similarities and differences between Montessa, the protagonist in Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love and Luna, the protagonist in Nameless: The Darkness Comes?

Montessa and Luna are both women who have been damaged from girlhood, and have gifts and abilities outside of the norm. Montessa shies away from life. She’s content with just getting by, not believing that there will be anything better. When she meets Lu, they head down a destructive path that’s bloody but full of love. He gives her hope for the first time, and it’s a beautiful and terrible thing.

Luna has a brother and niece that she cares deeply for. She’s sarcastic and rough and socially outcast, but she has somebody to fight for from the beginning, and fight she does. Her demons are literal demons, not human monsters like Montessa is up against. But both women are runners. Montessa runs away from danger and Luna runs toward it. I think they would have been very good, strong friends if they had a chance to run into each other.

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Website: A Broken Laptop
Twitter: @mercedesmy
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