Storymakers 2018!


It was a fantastic conference. It’s one of my favorites. Storymakers  is a writing conference for LDS authors (although you certainly don’t need to be LDS to attend) to help us elevate our literary work. The classes are phenomenal. If you have the opportunity to go, you should definitely try it. Hold on to your hats, because it is intense.


I was honored to not only teach a class, but be a workshop mentor on Thursday. We had six hours of intensive discussion about my eight attendees’ pieces, which we had read previously.  IT WAS AWESOME!

I taught my “Creating Sympathetic Villains Your Readers Can Root For” class, which was just super cool. This was my first PowerPoint presentation ever, which means that I’m now an adult! Even though I used THIS DEVIL SLIDE. Or maybe especially because I used this slide. We also had an incredible mass signing.


A highlight for me was meeting Dan Wells in person, who is just everything I had hoped he would be. Dan was kind enough to write the foreword for Little Dead Red and Other Stories. He thinks he looks like a cardboard cutout in this picture. Perhaps I didn’t really meet him at all, but after this shot, tucked him under my arm and ran for the hills.31949444_10155567892976446_4580670255696707584_n

I left inspired and exhausted, which is a good way to do things. Here’s to aspiring higher! ❤


Find Me at Storymakers!


I’ll be attending Storymakers Conference, the biggest literary con in Utah. It is hands down the most professional writing conference I’ve ever attended. I’ll be there as a mentor for six hours on Thursday, workshopping student’s pieces one-on-one for the Plot and Story Arc class. Saturday I’ll be teaching my class on Creating Sympathetic Villains Your Readers Can Root For. Because, my darlings, villains are what make a story. Take a peek at some of the awesome teachers who will be there!

The rest of the time will be spent hugging friends, attending classes, finally meeting Dan Wells in person (who wrote the foreword to Pretty Little Dead Girls and Other Stories), and then retreating back to my AirB&B with Aften Brooke Szymanski and a sewing machine. I’m excited and hope to see you there!


Mercedes M. Yardley

Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist and horror writer who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Pretty Little Dead Girls, the Stabbie Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, and the Bram Stoker Award-winning Little Dead Red.

Class: Creating Sympathetic Villains Your Readers Will Root For