#FeatureFriday: Meri Benson

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Welcome to my first #FeatureFriday, where I introduce you to creatives and artists I love. We’re starting off, of course, with my lovely Hotel Fen co-author, Meri Benson!

I met her in a writing community around two and a half years ago, where we randomly collaborated to write a short piece to the prompt ‘childhood friends to lovers.’ (We found out very quickly that we’re both suckers for that trope.) Our styles and strengths and weaknesses complemented each other’s very well, so we began to work on more shorts and prompts, just for fun really, until I started contemplating the idea of collaborating on a story with her.

Fast-forward to October 2020, when nearly every author I knew was gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I have never managed NaNo because of my day job’s demands, but I thought that, maybe, she would be okay to do a mini NaNo with me… and she agreed!

We released Hotel Fen last August. 🥳

Prior to our novel, she’s already published several short stories, spanning a myriad of genres, on Amazon — all of which you can check out here.

Her short “Lingering Ice” was also just recently published in Flora Fiction‘s 2021 fall issue.

Grab a copy of Hotel Fen, an urban fantasy novel by Meri Benson and Marie Sinadjan, from your favorite ebook and print store. Just in time for the spooky season!

Published by Marie Sinadjan

Marie Sinadjan is an author, singer-songwriter and musical theatre actress from Cebu, Philippines. She’s always loved theatre and music, as well as trading stories, worldbuilding, and collaborative writing. She has co-written a novel, an urban fantasy based on Norse mythology, and even composed original songs for the series, and her short stories have been published in literary journals, magazines and anthologies. She mainly writes fantasy of the mythology, fairytales and folklore variety, serving them up in a wide range of flavors - like her favorite drink, coffee. She currently lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, where she’s starting to be active in the local theatre and music scene. She’s also working on a dystopian Ibong Adarna retelling as a nod to her roots, and a young adult fantasy inspired by bees.

2 thoughts on “#FeatureFriday: Meri Benson

  1. That’s fantastic that you hit it off with a writing partner, Marie. Congratulations to both of you on the collaboration and on Hotel Fen. I look forward to reading it!

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