Andrew Merkel, professionally known as A.C Merkel, says he chose his pen name for the simple reason that "(A.C) looked good on the book cover." The former rock and roll singer currently works as a mechanic while also writing books, and has rightfully earned the title fast writer with three books under his belt within a year.
The 42-year-old author's books are all "magic-based. Urban fantasy. Paranormal romance-type stuff. LGBT characters always. I definitely want to do some sci-fi too... I think I need to sci-fi or fantasy. Writing something without it would probably feel weird."
A.C has not only published a shocking number of novels in such a short period but was a participant at BookCon in June 2020. "(QueerIndie) had booked a table. And when it got cancelled they asked us to do a panel. They seemed to like what we were doing with the directory queerindie.com (We have awards up for voting right now.)"
Merkel says that, in regards to what advice he'd give to aspiring authors, there's "a ton of advice out there, most of it is conflicting! Please don't let it stifle your voice. Write your story! Have pride in your work. Reading is the best way to learn." You can find Merkel's books at the following links.