The face behindthe Pen

My name is Desiara Moore, but my pen name is Mercedes. My former pen name was Ladi Ray. But I decided that it was time for a change, which is why I changed my pen name. With a better pen name, comes better work.

Q1. What made you start writing?

I’ve always been a writer, just never a published writer. I began writing to express feelings that I was either too shy or too embarrassed to tell others. Those feelings eventually turned into characters; and the characters turned into stories.

Q2. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. But I’ve only been published for a little over a year.

Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest part about being an author is definitely criticism. In the beginning, I would take the smallest thing and turn it into something big. But now, I use the negative critisims to make my work better.

Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

I’ve learned that in the writing industry you have to always have tough skin and never take any criticism personally. I’ve learned to take every negative and turn it into a positive.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

The best part of being an author to me, is getting 5-star reviews or just inboxes from readers who’ve read and enjoyed my books.

Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

I think the cover plays a major role in the buying process because if a writer really loves their work, they’ll put just as much time and effort into the cover as they did in writing the book. As a fellow reader, if the cover doesn’t pull me in, sometimes, I won’t bother to read synopsis.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

My publisher is in charge of covers. I’ll tell her my ideas and she turns my ideas into pictures. I love subtle pictures but lettering and colors that pop.

Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

My book is about exactly what the title says; The Realest Love Ever. There are so many people that say they’re in love and meant to be together forever. But as soon as the storm comes, and their faith is tested, they abandon ship and forget that true love is going through a storm together and coming out together. Coming out of the storm stronger than when you went in.

Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

My favorite character is Semone. I created Semone in my own image. I love that she never let her past control her futures. She never let the fear of the wrongs that people did to her change the way that she treated others. She is truly what I would consider a strong person.

Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?

I don’t have an intended or preferred audience. My only intended audience is anyone who is looking for a great book to read. A book that sheds light on multiple real-life situations.

Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I would like to see Sharan Leal play the part of Semone. I feel like she has the ability to make Semone’s character pop and seem more real than she already is. I would love to see Christian Keyes to play Law. His demeanor and presence in most movies would only make Law’s role more relatable.

Q12 Are there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?

I’m working on multiple projects. Some who have names and some that I just play with in my spare time. But stay on the lookout, because Mercedes will definitely be known.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

Have tough skin, never rush your work because the readers will be able to tell. Put your heart into your work. Make your characters and feelings realistic so your readers can relate. Whatever trials or tribulations that you’re going through in you life, put it in your writing. Your situation could also shed light to other’s


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