Thursday, April 30, 2015

Side Characters

Or supporting characters, whatever you'd like to call them. Let's chat about them, because quite frankly...They. Are. Awesome. Or they can be. More like, they should be! 

I'm on a bit of a writing hiatus after entering so many contests. But now that I've had a little break while waiting to hear back on some requests, my brain cog-works are finally functioning again. And I can't stop thinking about those awesome side characters! Most specifically, how they can make or break your story. 

Think of them as building blocks to lift your character up. Whether they are good building blocks or bad ones that might corrupt the stack later, if they're not written well, they can make the whole plot stumble. 

Not all of them need a back story but they do need to be consistent...and that usually comes by at least knowing their back story even if the reader doesn't. Some of my favorite side characters are either funny or quirky in some way. If you want some great characters to check out, look no further. These are some of my favorites!!!

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter series.

Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.

Ari and Janco from Poison Study series.

The satyrs (can't think of their names right now) from the Fablehaven series.

And last, but certainly not least, is Wit from The Way of Kings...who might actually be a main character and we just don't know it yet. He is probably one of my favorite.

There you go. Study them, learn from them, and then write them :)

Keep it up and keep it real.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I want to thank everyone who entered the drawing and helped support organ donations! I'm happy to announce the four winners of the giveaway!

CJ Schindler



Natalie Shatlock

I have tried to contact a few of you without much success. If you could contact me, that might be better and we can discuss details :) My email is michelle m merrill (at) hotmail (dot) com. No spaces included.

Thanks again! You are all fabulous and I appreciate your support!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Learn to be, and then become...with a giveaway!!!

Reason #1 why I wrote Changing Fate: to spread the word about cystic fibrosis. I learned that my daughter's friend has CF and I wanted to do something. I didn't have money to donate and I wanted to help in some way. What I didn't know was that I was already helping in an unexpected way...

by being an organ donor.  

Organ donations save lives. Hands down. In a sad event that we lose our life, what better way to go than to save another? It's that simple. One signature and a little logo on your drivers license. 

There are people out there waiting for organs just so they can breathe easy and live to experience life a little longer. I'd like to tell you about 2 of them (even though I could probably come up with a really really really really long list of others). 

The first is Katy Starck Monte. She has cystic fibrosis and is currently waiting for her second double lung transplant. You can learn more about her story here, and support her through #OOMPHforkaty on facebook and twitter

My shout out to Katy and the book I'm offering for the giveaway.

Caleigh Haber also has CF and is fighting to breathe as she waits for her first lung transplant. You can learn more about her story here, and support her through Fight2Breathe on facebook and TeamCaleigh on twitter.  

Both of these girls, and countless others, could benefit from spreading the word about becoming an organ donor. Not just people with CF, but many others as well, lose the battle every day. 

Changing Fate might not match each individual story, but my hope is that it helps others realize the difference they can make just by learning to be so we can all become something greater together. Hopefully we can change the fate of those precious lives that are being lost.   

Please spread the word and feel free to enter the giveaway below. There will be 4 winners!!! Two $10 giftcards to, the paperback copy of my book pictured above, and an e-book copy of the book.

Also, my e-book will be available for 99 cents for the duration of the contest. My purpose isn't to make this about my book, but to spread awareness through my book if it could teach one more person about CF. As always, half of all proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the continuing research in finding a cure.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's a new year!!!

Holy cow! I can't believe it's another year. That means five years ago this month, I started writing. 7 manuscripts and 1 self published book later, and I'm still happy with my decision to become a writer! I love it. 

2014 certainly wasn't what I thought it'd be at the beginning of the year. I wasn't planning on self publishing a book and certainly wasn't planning on going a whole year without writing anything new. I had hoped I would revise a few books and maybe write another NaNo story but...1 self published book later with six months of dealing with extreme anxiety in a 9 year old daughter...and, well, it was what it was. And I did what was most important. And I'm happy I did. Writing will never be fulfilling if it means I'm neglecting what matters most.

Even though my year didn't go as planned, I'm glad it went the way it did. And I'm even more excited to set goals for 2015 and see where the year takes me! I have already started revisions on two books! Once that's finished I hope to query, get an agent, and write more books! I have so many stories to tell! Hence all the exclamation points!!! 

I hope you all the success in your writing goals for this year! 

Care to share any of them with me? I'd love to hear them :) 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

6 Month Celebration!!!

My book came out six months ago!!! Now it's time to party! Check out the details below.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Want the skinny on my ebook sale this week? Here are the deets!

Learn more about 65 Hours of Silence for CF here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

OneRepublic - I Lived

This is so fantastic! It will bring so much awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Please watch and share :)