TIH 119: Mercedes M. Yardley on NaNoWriMo, the Poetry of Language and Beautiful Horror


In this podcast Mercedes M. Yardley talks about NaNoWriMo, the poetry of language, working in fifteen-minute increments, beautiful horror and much more.

About Mercedes M. Yardley

Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the ‘serial killers in love’ novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, the Bone Angel trilogy, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, and the Bram Stoker Award winner Little Dead Red.

Show Notes

  • [03:30] Interview start/first experiences with story
  • [08:00] Discovery writing and NaNoWriMo
  • [13:30] NaNoWriMo tips
  • [17:15] Working in fifteen-minute increments
  • [29:15] Children and creativity
  • [36:00] The internet and technology—a double-edged sword
  • [44:15] Managing online presence
  • [50:00] The poetry of language
  • [55:55] Write how you want to write
  • [01:02:20] Advice to eighteen-year-old self
  • [01:08:45] Gutted anthology and the relationship between beauty and horror

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