About Mercy Brown

A working writer mom has fit her rock in when and where she can. 

Hey there! I'm the author of the Hub City Romance series from Intermix (Berkeley/Penguin-Random House). LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU is a New Adult novel about two indie rock kids falling in love in the 90s. And doing it. A bunch of times. Since there's some question or debate these days about whether sex is a requirement for a book to be considered NA, I'm just going to put that right out there. There's sex in this book. That's what makes it sexy! That and guitars. Guitars are always sexy. So are amps. And guys who carry amps for their girlfriends are extra sexy. 

LOUD is based very (very, very) loosely on my experiences fronting bands in the 90s New Brunswick, NJ music scene. It's not about me or my band, but let's just say, if I hadn't cut my teeth playing clubs from Baltimore to Boston in my youth, I don't know that I could have written this book in quite this way. STAY UNTIL WE BREAK is the sequel to LOUD and follows two different characters from LOUD (Sonia, Emmylou's best friend, and Cole, the bassist) as they try to figure out what they really want in life, and from each other. 

My agent is the ever-patient and sharp-dressing wizard chess aficionado, Brooks Sherman at The Bent Agency in Brooklyn. I am so very lucky to have him in my corner.

I studied English Literature at UMASS, Amherst a long, long time ago and I was a total Arthurian Legends dork. I once wrote a 5 page poem about a llama and King Arthur for my friend's birthday. I wanted to be a novelist way back then but I was too young. (I'm not saying there's an age requirement or anything, I'm just saying that I wasn't very good at writing books when I was 19 or 22.) I didn't want to teach English (why not? I really don't know, it was just a feeling), so after I graduated I went and did a lot of other unrelated things instead, some of them terribly interesting and others not. 

Me, circa 1989 on the lower east side, Manhattan. Photo by Jim Testa for Jersey Beat Fanzine.

Me, circa 1989 on the lower east side, Manhattan. Photo by Jim Testa for Jersey Beat Fanzine.

I have a serious day job and a family. I am a mom to twin boys. They are the loves of my life, and their Dad is pretty great too (he's the hair I mean guitarist in that photo above, actually).

Doot and Bing

Doot and Bing

I live not all that far from Manhattan, even closer to Brooklyn. I curse a lot. I get told often that I look exactly like someone else I've never met nor heard of, and apparently I look like a totally different person when I straighten my hair--so much so that people I've worked with for seven years don't recognize me in the hallways of my office building. I'm currently working on all the ways I can use this bizarre characteristic to my advantage. 

I drink all the coffee, but I make a fresh pot. Thanks a ton for stopping by.