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A work in progress

The question of "What if?" is what sparks the interest of Morella. She said she will see a news story on television and try to look at it from another perspective.

In the writing process, Merolla makes sure not to know the ending of the book as she writes it, which she said ends up making writing for her just as suspenseful as when someone reads the book. When she does finally write the ending, she leaves the story open ended, just in case the book becomes a best seller and warrants a sequel.

"As I see it, I write it down," she said. "I'm writing a book now, and I figured out the end. Now, I can't finish it."

Keeping up the business part of writing books is something that is new to Merolla. She currently does her own marketing and is her own spokesperson.

"I've learned a lot about being a publicist and a marketer," she said. "It doesn't leave time to write, but I'll get back to it."

Merolla said she generally can write a book in a month, which helps her keep all of her characters in mind and not let the details slip away. During the day she tries to write at least 2,000 words.

"You can't let them go away," she said. "I have to write when I have a couple of hours at least."

She does hope to see the business side of things take off as she said that her publisher, Publish America, has sent her material to Frankfurt, Germany, and sent "Lies and Deceit" to Disney for a possible movie.

"Wouldn't that be nice," she said. "I'm just loving it [writing], but I'm hoping money will follow."

One thing Merolla does promise her readers is that she is not going to jump on the current bandwagon that has become so popular.

"I'm not into vampires," she said. "I think that's a little overdone."

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