Monday, January 28, 2019

Interview with Merricat Mulwray, SOUR PUSS


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
It’s a dark comedy that tackles rape culture on a college campus, amongst other things. 
 
Do you have a favorite character?
We love them all in different ways. One of us gets a particular kick out of James and Coach Green. They both want the same thing but have very different delusional ways about trying to achieve what they want. 

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
I don’t think so much in this particular novel. Each character had a very specific reason for being where they are. However, we recently looked through some old notes from the first draft of Sourpuss and it referenced a character named Steve. We have no idea who Steve is or what he was doing there.  So now anyone we don’t remember meeting before we call, Steve. 

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
For a lot of people the writing process is so difficult for a multitude of reasons that people want to know how you get into it. Music or silence. All we can say that it just depends. Sometimes you can’t focus with it and sometimes you desperately need background noise. But we’ll tell you what we absolutely cannot do. That is drink and write. How did all the great writes that were alcoholics do it? If either of us has a glass of wine, we’re ready to get the party started not sit down and stare at a screen. 

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Rough outlines work for us and then the muse helps us connect the dots. 

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
In great restaurants, like three Michelin Star restaurants, before they serve you a beautiful piece of fish. They have three different cooks go over it each time from a different angle to make sure they don’t serve a guest bones. We had a few beta readers and two editors. It’s essential. It will also give you a lot of confidence in you work once it’s out because you know you did everything you could. And then it’s just down to a matter of taste and knowing that everything is not for everyone. 

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale? 
Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Indie Bound.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
One of us has a knack for research and scheduling so everything was planned out before Sourpuss was finished. 
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Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love surfing.  Can’t wait until my son is old enough to learn. 

Dancing and the cinema.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night
I have a cat Siamese cat named Bez. He’s more dog than cat he plays fetch and is incredibly affectionate.  I would like a dog but I’m not interested in cleaning up anyone else’s poop at this point. Diapers and the cat box are enough. Maybe I’ll toilet train the cat and the baby at the same time. 

I love chocolate. So. Very. Much. 

Tea. All day. I love a nice cup of builder’s. I also like white teas. I enjoy a cortado from time to time but I haven’t had one in over a year. I’m still breastfeeding and my son already never sleeps so I can’t throw an espresso shot into the mix. 

Please text me. I hate phone calls. Unless it’s a good friend and we are having a real talk.  

I’m naturally a night owl. But my son has decided otherwise. 

I love all animals. I’m currently responsible for the best Chihuahua a person could ask for.

Chocolate!

Early Grey, Coffee Bean chai lattes.

Depends on who is trying to communicate with me.

Night



Sourpuss
Merricat Mulwray
Publication date: January 20th 2019
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary, New Adult

Sourpuss is a blistering satire of the depraved and entitled culture that pervades college campuses.
Mallory Wahl loathes the campus party scene . . .
She’s sprinting through her senior year obsessed with winning a spot on the US Olympic track team. But she runs straight into a hurdle in the form of fraternity president Graham Patterson, an intern assigned to help her recover from an injury – one she blames on him.
Once Graham’s therapies begin to work, Mallory pretends to fall in love but traps herself in her own scheme and tailspins deep into his debauched world. When a scandal erupts which threatens to shatter her Olympic dreams once and for all, Mallory must finally face the dark truth she’s been running from since freshman year.
In the style of a ’90s dark comedy flick, Merricat Mulwray’s debut brings an insightful and humorous perspective to the reckless behavior college students perpetually get away with. Mallory, herself a flawed heroine, is backed by a self-serving cast of athletes, party girls, townies, and fraternity brothers so hilariously dark that the book will leave you wondering if anyone ever gets what they deserve.

Author Bio:
Merricat Mulwray is the collaboration of two sisters. They live in Los Angeles where they hatch plans and develop schemes, sometimes these turn into novels.


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