Death’s Garden contributor: R. L. Merrill

Death’s Garden contributor: R. L. Merrill

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I met R. L. Merrill at one of the author events at the San Mateo Public Library. With her amazingly fun dress and bright pink hair and personality to match, she and I were destined to be friends. I am such a fan!

I asked if she’d contribute an essay to Death’s Garden Revisited and she came up with “When A Cemetery Speaks,” which touches on her adventures in St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans and Copps Hill Burying Ground in Boston, before making a really beautiful point inspired by Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, California. You should read it to see what I mean.

Whether she’s writing contemporary romance featuring quirky and relatable characters or diving deep into the paranormal and supernatural to give readers a shiver, R.L. Merrill loves creating compelling, diverse, and inclusive stories that will stay with readers long after. Winner of the Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Best Contemporary award for Hurricane Reese, Paranormal Romance Guild’s Best Rockstar Romance for You Can Do Magic, and a Daphne DuMaurier finalist for Connection, Ro spends every spare moment improving her writing craft and striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after. You can find her connecting with readers on social media, advocating for America’s youth, cruising around town with Great Dane Velma, cuddling with twin black cat familiars Frankenstein and Dracula, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area!

What’s your favorite thing to do in a cemetery?

Read the headstones and think about what was going on in history in the area when they passed.

What’s your favorite cemetery?

Silver Terrace in Nevada City

Is there a cemetery or gravesite you’ve always wanted to visit?

A Hollywood cemetery, one in Barcelona (or any in Spain period), Edgar Allan Poe’s, one in Ireland to find my relatives.

What would your epitaph be?

Hopes she left the world a little better than she found it.

Do you have a favorite song about cemeteries or graveyards?

“I am Stretched On Your Grave” by Sinead O’Connor.

The contributors to Death’s Garden Revisited put together a playlist of their favorite cemetery songs. You can check it out on Spotify: 

You can treat yourself to a copy of Death’s Garden Revisited:

  • in fully illustrated paperback or hardcover on
  • or as a color ebook for your kindle on Amazon.

You can also download a free copy of the Reader’s Guide from Bookfunnel. It includes discussion/contemplation questions, an interview with the editor, and a game to introduce readers to cemetery symbolism and encourage them to visit.


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Hi, I’m Steven, a Florida native, who left my career in corporate wealth management six years ago to embark on a summer of soul searching that would change the course of my life forever.