Mercer Black - a brief history

Mercer was born to be a storyteller. Her father was a cowboy who told tall tales and knew if it was going to rain that day by the way the sunrise smelled. Her mother was a poet who strung together words like tiny magical beads that shimmered and sparkled in the moonlight. With these two as her guides, she enjoyed an unorthodox childhood in the mountains of far west Texas, hunting dry creek beds for history in the form of arrowheads and searching for stories in the clouds. 

After years of dabbling in writing, Mercer finally committed to her craft in 2016, enrolling at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where, in July of 2018, she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. While pursuing her MFA, she won the SCBWI Winter Conference Student Writer Award, was named a finalist for the SCBWI Austin Cynthia Leitich Smith Award, received an honorable mention for the VCFA Marion Dane Bauer Award, and won the VCFA Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Award. As of June 2019, Mercer is represented by Danielle Burby of Nelson Literary Agency.

Mercer recently moved from in her hometown of Marfa, Texas, to Detroit, Michigan. She can also often be found traveling the country in her converted school bus - dubbed Ladybird - with her eleven-year-old son and their dog Gemma. They like to hike and watch the birds. Mercer still hunts for arrowheads and searches the clouds for stories.