Guest Post and Giveaway: Things I’ll Do for a Story by J.L. Merrow

Please join me today in welcoming author J.L. Merrow to Joyfully Jay.  She is sharing things she’ll do for a story, her book Wight Mischief, and a great giveaway.  Welcome J.L.! 

Research is a funny thing.  Every story requires it—even when, as with Wight Mischief, you’ve taken the lazy route and set it in your own back yard.  I grew up on the island; I even visited Marcus’s fort and, ahem, penetrated his tunnel, way back in the dawns of time before the site became a private residence.  I still ended up trawling the internet for info to supplement my hazy recollections—what was the layout of the fort? Why was the tunnel originally constructed, and when?

And then there are specific things that come up when you’re writing—what does happen when someone falls down a long flight of stairs?  Does he really go head-over-heels (an appropriate enough image in a book about love), or is there just a rather disappointing face-first splat? Ah, YouTube, how did writers ever manage without you?  (And isn’t it scary how many people have so-called friends who will set them up for a fall—and then film it and bung it on the internet? Not that I’m complaining, mind!)

Occasionally you get assistance from an unlikely source—the people in the Cambridge tourist information were unexpectedly eager to help when I contacted them while writing Camwolf to ask where a Cambridge werewolf might go for a run!

And sometimes, a writer just has to suffer for her art.  It was torture, I’ll admit, visiting all the pubs in Wight Mischief for lunches and drinks…

Wight Mischief 

A stranger could light up his world…or drive him deeper into darkness.

Will thinks a camping trip with his friend-with-benefits Baz will be a fun break from his usual job as a personal trainer. But the trip turns into a rollercoaster ride as he meets author Marcus – and Marcus’ mysterious guardian Leif.

Journalist Baz is supposed to be researching a book on ghosts, yet he seems curiously interested in secrets lying in the reclusive Marcus’ past. But these are secrets that someone’s determined they should let lie – and if they’re not careful, Will and Baz could end up adding to the Island’s ghostly population…

Product Warnings:  Contains perilous cliffs, elusive might-be ghosts, a secret tunnel, and skinny-dipping by moonlight.

Available now from Samhain and Amazon


Everyone who comments on any of my Wight Mischief blog posts will be entered into a prize draw for this sterling silver Isle of Wight charm (1″ wide; I’ve put it on black cord but it could also be worn on a bracelet)

I’ll make the draw on 15th November, 9pm GMT, so you have until then to leave your comments here on Joyfully Jay or any of my other blog stops. [Note: That translates to 4:00 pm here in U.S. EST.  Check here for a GMT converter to figure out what time the contest closes in your area.]

Thanks again to J.L. for stopping by, and don’t forget to comment for your chance to win!  


  1. >Sounds good.

  2. booklover0226 says:

    >I discovered J.L. Merrow when Muscling Through was released this summer. I look forward in reading Wight Mischief and more of her works.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  3. >Thanks Tiffany, Tracey! Hope you'll enjoy it. :D

  4. >I've already commented elsewhere, but I do love this book, Muscling Through and Pricks and Pragmatism so I am commenting again – I really fancy the Isle of Wight charm!

  5. >Diannakay, glad to hear you enjoyed them! And good luck in the draw! ;)

  6. >A pub crawl for research purposes… must note that one down for future use :o)


  7. >Of course, the research gets progressively less useful as the pub crawl goes on! ;D

  8. Pants Off Reviews says:

    >Wow, this had me at skinny dipping by moonlight (cus thats the only way to do it)

    Great post!

  9. paparanormalfan says:

    >Hello JL,
    Thank you for spending time with Us on Jay's Blog today. I just wanted you to know you gained a Fan when I found your book "Camwolf", once I started reading it, I just couldn't put it down & have been a Fan ever since. I'm really LQQking forward to reading "Wight Mischief"
    Take Care & Happy Writing,

  10. Josephine Myles says:

    >Pub crawls are the best kind of research! I really must write more pub based stories… ;D

  11. >Thanks, Pants Off Reviews and paparanormalfan!
    Great to hear from you! :D

  12. >Jo – we should research one together! :D

  13. Stevie Carroll says:

    >Ah, the perils of research…

  14. >A writer's life is terribly 'ard… ;D

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