Thursday, October 24, 2019



A child born with a heroin addiction suffers from withdrawals. But somehow holds onto life by the grace of God. Overcoming everyday child abuse wasn’t easy. A school life that’s affected by everyday violence does nothing to help the already strained family ties. While the memories of his tainted past remain unresolved, negative thoughts lead to a life as a recluse.

In the long run, he became addicted to alcohol for 18 years to numb his emotional pain. Surviving five suicide attempts, and multiple run-ins with the law. Resulting in a three-year probation sentence.

His heartbreak leads to self-destruction. But somehow, through everything, he finds an inner strength he never knew existed. Will his desperate escape from addiction-free him from the clutches, or will it prolong the inevitable?

Book Details:

Title: Shattered Memories: Addicted

Author: R. A. Merrill

Genre: Nonfiction

Publisher: Imprint Native Press (March 6 2019)

Print length: 191 pages


A few of your favorite things: cellphone, laptop, wallet.
Things you need to throw out: old VHS tapes.

Things you need in order to write: Microsoft Word, I cannot be distracted.
Things that hamper your writing: noise, writers block.

Things you love about writing: I enjoy sharing my work with the world. I tend to believe I can make a change in others’ lives.
Things you hate about writing: rearranging a manuscript, and the editing process.

Easiest thing about being a writer: being creative.

Hardest thing about being a writer: trying to find the right words to flow good throughout a manuscript.

Things you love about where you live: the area is peaceful; I also like the rain in the Northwest.
Things that make you want to move: I would like a bigger house.

Favorite foods: mexican, pizza, potatoes.
Things that make you want to throw up:  eggs, peas, canned corn, grits, fish, peanut butter, brownies, Oreo cookies, coffee.

Favorite music or song: I like a lot. Motown, love ballads, soft rock, 80s, rap, r&b, pop.
Music that make your ears bleed: bass songs.

Favorite beverage: orange juice and water.

Something that gives you a pickle face: pickles.

Favorite smell: tropical scents.

Something that makes you hold your nose: boiled eggs.

Something you’re really good at: art, guitar, cooking.

Something you’re really bad at: singing.

Something you like to do: write and creative book covers.

Something you wish you’d never done: drink alcohol for 18 years.

People you consider as heroes: my mother and grandmother who are no longer with me.

People with a big L on their foreheads: grinding my teeth when I’m upset.

Last best thing you ate: nachos.

Last thing you regret eating: cake and cookies.

Things you’d walk a mile for: orange juice.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: people who continue to ask the same questions.

Things you always put in your books: imprint logo.

Things you never put in your books: editor names.

Things to say to an author: What genres do you write?
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Your book sucks!

Favorite places you’ve been: Seaside Oregon.

Places you never want to go to again: Jail.

Favorite things to do: work, read, write.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: fly.

Things that make you happy: work, family, my dogs, Samantha.

Things that drive you crazy: when my dogs bark nonstop.

Most embarrassing moment: too many.

Proudest moment: releasing my new book.

Best thing you’ve ever done: found Samantha.

Biggest mistake: dating my ex-girlfriend Brenda.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: broke glass out of a car window.

Something you chickened out from doing: Going on fast rides.

The last thing you did for the first time: answered this question.

Something you’ll never do again: drink alcohol.


R. A. Merrill, author of the new book Shattered Memories: Addicted, wrote (his first book) in 2018. He completed the entire manuscript in five months and hasn’t stopped writing since. Mr. Merrill is writing his new book, Her Worst Nightmare. He is 39 years old and a member of the United Lumbee Nation Indian tribe.

He has achieved many awards for outstanding caregiver training. He’ll soon be releasing his fiction series in 2020. He lives in Longview, Washington, with his girlfriend Samantha & stepdaughter Nevaeh. He enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include playing piano and guitar, and something sparked his passion for art at the early age of 12. He’s obsessed with doing his absolute best at whatever he does. His life motto is “Keep striving for excellence!”

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