With a passion for teaching, art, movies, and dance, it’s no wonder this incredible soul went on to write some remarkable books. Did I mention she is one of the most beautiful and quirky chicks I know!
Hayley Merelle was a nanny for five years, and has since been a teacher for ten. She has two gorgeous children of her own, and Hayley says that it’s safe to say she adores children’s books through and through. Her love of them so much so, that it only made sense to write her own. Hayley’s first, Robert Mumpkin Myer and the Wish Makers, will be released in 2015, though I am delightfully told that there are other charming books presently being written also. Well… besides her adult genre, to which are written under another pen name.
Ms Hayley Merelle began writing as a simple hobby – something to fill her days and lose herself within while studying psychology and education at university. A particular course called Abnormal Psychology gave her an intriguing idea for a novel. “The rest is history,” Hayley exclaims in smile.
So what would you say are your favourite and least favourite aspects of writing?
“Favourite: oh the list! How do I choose a favourite? I’d have to say when creativity pours forth from the ether and the characters seem to be whispering the story into your ear, and what they tell you is extremely interesting and clever. Least favourite? That one is easy. Making enough time to write without neglecting my beautiful and awesome children.” A feeling we mothers can understand wholeheartedly.
Hayley admires many a author; though three whom would hold to the top of her list would be the minds of Stephen King, JK Rowling, and Bryce Courtenay. “ I respect each for their abilities to capture someone’s entire life, set only in a fraction of time. For King’s hilarious, witty, and terrifying story-telling, JK’s ability to take you to another world and make you feel as if you belong there, and Courtenay’s ability (as an old man – RIP his soul now, though) to write from the perspective of a young female better than most young females ever could.”
As for her own writings. Hayley’s every desire is to create a story that entertains. Mind you, she tells me that this has become a wee bit of an addiction as of late. She will jump to her bed with two pillows propped up, her legs crossed, laptop ready to go, and a cup of coffee or cinnamon tea. “Even better if it’s raining,” she adds. Then she smirks, “Oh, and there’d be chocolate of course.” Then Hayley Merelle sets to writing a scrumptious piece for our young one’s to read, or maybe she’ll be weaving her next adult fiction.
Artist ©Verity Flute
But let’s return to those wonderful children’s books you are currently writing. What inspired this first one, Robert Mumpkin Myer and the Wish Makers?
“I was sketching one day and three characters took shape. They were a boy, a young woman, and an elderly man – all of whom had secret identities. As they came to life on the page, they started to tell me their story. I’m grateful to them for that. Writing about Robert Mumpkin Myer was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far as an author.”
So would you say that the characters always come first for yourself, Hayley?
“Actually, yes. Though I’m not entirely sure why.”
Do you mind telling me a little more about Robert Mumpkin Myer?
“Robert is one of the main characters, but a character by the name of Miss Henry plays a very prominent role also. The relationship between Robert and his parents is particularly important. They don’t start out in a very good place. Robert doesn’t know himself well enough to understand where they are coming from. He has to travel to a magical realm and defeat a mad king, who has usurped the throne with an army of savage wolves, first. The book is a rite of passage for him.”
Through the writing of her children’s books, Hayley has learnt to be playful, to be lighter, and to drop everything and just play with her children. Becoming a mother was after all her most defining life experience to ever have been had.
With a full heart, head, and belly, Hayley Merelle is who she is because of all her life has given her – even the heartaches. “If I hadn’t experienced heartache, how would I know such joy?” Hayley affirms.
PS. Hayley rules! I know because she told me so ;)
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