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All Access With Mercy Thompson
Mercy Thompson, the heroine of her own UF series by Patricia Briggs, is one of our favorite girls! Now imagine our excitement when we got to sit down with her for a little chat!?!
For those who haven’t met you yet, Mercy, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a coyote who was raised by werewolves, am married to one – and fix cars for a living.
I am so jealous of your tattoos! How many do you have and what do they mean?
My roommate’s mother in college was a tattoo artist and Char traded tattoos for favors. She was pretty good. I got a pawprint tattooed on my belly – because I finally decided to accept what I was. The narrow Celtic knotwork bands around each bicep were just pretty. They are very easy to overlook and they hide under a t-shirt.
Being a walker, you’re able to shift into a coyote. If given the chance to shift into anything at all, what would you like to shift into?
A dragon. That would let me knock some sense into those werewolves!
Give us the dirty! Got any secrets about the wonderful author who writes your books, Patricia Briggs?
Actually, she’s pretty boring. Nice, but boring. She says she much prefers that to interesting, because interesting people are quite often unhappy.
You encounter fae, vampires, werewolves and more. Seems like an interesting life! What adventure for you has been the most thrilling?
Most terrifying would be getting married. If you ever met my mother, you’d understand. Most thrilling . . . well, Adam is really, really hot. So . . .
So what’s it like being mated to an alpha? You gotta spill! What is one thing you didn’t know about Adam until you were married to him?
It’s like being married to a CEO who not only brings his work home with him, but also his employees. He likes split pea soup. Who does that?
What would you say is the best part about being in the Columbia Basin Pack?
I’m finally starting to feel like I belong somewhere.
The worst? I’m tempted to say fleas – but except for that one time, it hasn’t really been a problem. And Adam is blaming the cat.
Really, the problem I didn’t expect was the constant worry. Is someone going to do something dumb today? Is Paul going to straighten up without me having to hand him his own head on a platter again?
Samuel and you have quite the history together. If given the chance to send a message to him now, what would you say to him?
That’s the cool thing about old friends. You don’t have to send messages. I do hope that his Arianna makes him happy. He deserves to be happy.
If you could ask Ms. Briggs to give you a sidekick from another author’s world, what would you ask for?
A sidekick? Mr. Spock would be awesome – but then all those Trekkies would follow us around. Adam might also have trouble with a male. Which eliminates David (from Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series) – I’d really like to have a genie at my beck and call. Heh, heh.
Karin Murphy (from the Harry Dresden series) would be someone I could get along with – who is tough enough not to die. Though it might be fun to have a sidekick who would do all the housework!
You are having a girls night in with some popcorn and your favourite PJs, what film do you pop on?
Quigley Down Under or maybe the Nickelodeon series Avatar, the Last Airbender.