Merry grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was introduced to Regency romances at a young age by her mother, who had a secret passion for Georgette Heyer.
After graduating with a bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, Merry worked in fundraising for a number of non-profit organizations. When this didn’t prove as fulfilling as she would have hoped, she went back to school for a master’s degree in secondary education where she shared her love of history with inner-city teenagers and tried to instill the same love in them — the jury’s still out on whether it worked. Marriage and the birth of two children interrupted her second attempt at a career.
In order to keep her sanity while raising her children, Merry began living in a fantasy world filled with dashing, noble heroes and beautiful heroines. Desperately searching for an excuse to put the children into daycare, Merry decided to write down her fantasies and call it “working”. She was amazed when someone other than her husband actually liked her writing.
In 2002, Merry was one of the three winners of the Royal Ascot Writing Contest and was offered a two book contract with Kensington Publishers. Miss Seton’s Sonata, Merry’s first book, was released in January 2004 from Zebra Books. Her second book, Wooing Miss Whately, came out in June ’04. The last two books of the Merry Men Quartet, Love of my Life and Dame Fortune were published in June and September 2005, with her last book having the esteemed honor of being one of the last traditional Regency romances published by Kensington. Miss Seton’s Sonata was the winner of the 2004 Golden Leaf Contest for best Regency Romance; Love of my Life won second place in the Write Touch Reader’s Award, 2005; and Dame Fortune was a finalist in the National Reader’s Choice Award, The Beacon Award and the NJ Golden Leaf.
Merry hasn’t let the “death” of traditionally published Regencies affect her. Instead, she turned to self-publishing. In the past two years she has published a book on writing, Chapter One; a Regency-set paranormal romance, Magic in the Storm, a prequel novella to go with her paranormal romance, Storm on the Horizon, and a short story, “In A Beginning” which originally appeared in the anthology Tales From The Mist. She’s currently working on a New Adult Medieval Fantasy series, the “Children of Avalon”, set in the same world as her two Storm books.
Merry also loves helping other people attain their writing and publishing dreams. To that end, she teaches other people how to write at the Writer’s Institute at Frederick Community College, formatting and self-publishing at both Frederick and on-line, and formats books for other self-published authors through her company Anessa Books.