Ever seen that movie, Secret Window with Johnny Depp? If ever you want to know what I’m like when I’m writing, think of that movie. That’s me, right down to the tattered bathrobe, unkempt hair and home like a hurricane victim. Everything stops when I’m writing/editing/formatting, I give it my whole attention. I would love to be one of those tidy writers, but I can’t, I’m an all or nothing gal.
Science fiction has been a passion for me since I was a kid, largely motivated by my mother’s love of the genre. Having grown up on a diet of Star Trek and Blake’s 7, further fuelled by my parents’ addiction to the physics of outer space, it was a foregone conclusion that I would grow up to be a sci fi nut. You are far more likely to find me watching a programme about how black holes work, than reality tv.
My dreams are big, and I believe that everyone should aim impossibly high. Although you might not quite reach the stars, if you just aim for the ground, you’ll only hit the ground. I believe in destiny and pre-destination, reincarnation and alternate dimensions, human life being the result of alien experimentation, and bacon as a remedy for all ills.
I love to laugh but a joke must be clever as well as funny to make my lips quiver. Billy Connolly and George Carlin are my comedic heroes; you can keep your custard pies and banana skins.
Writing has proved to be the making of me in many ways. It has forced me to upgrade my vocabulary and knowledge, and it allows my naturally observant nature to be of positive benefit. Finally, as the Autumn years of my life begin, I now have a way to get my voice heard and my inner self flying to the stars where she has always wanted to be. I invent worlds, terraform them to my own design, and populate them with people of my own imagining. I cannot change the world I live in, and I cannot leave it for somewhere more comfortable, so I invent my own and spend as much time in them as I can.
You are welcome to visit my universe. Take a chance and catch a flight today, you may just find you never want to return.
Name: Merita King
Lives in: Southampton, United Kingdom