I write emotional family dramas about secrets, mysteries and lies. I’m published by Bookouture and my novels are available in audio and print as well as in ebook: A Child’s Goodbye (March 2023), The Family I Lost (May 2022), The Marriage Lie (May 2021), My Mother’s Choice (July 2020), His Secret Family (September 2019) and Lost Daughter (May 2019). All six books have been UK Kindle top 100 bestsellers. You can buy them using the links on my book pages.
The Family I Lost was a Kindle top 30 bestseller in the UK. The Marriage Lie was a top 20 Kindle bestseller in the US and Australia and was also a top 30 Kindle bestseller in the UK. His Secret Family was a #1 UK Kindle and Bookstat ebook chart bestseller and was also a #1 bestseller in Amazon UK’s most-sold fiction chart. Here’s The Bookseller’s write-up: Digital Bestseller Lists – Secret Family is a winning formula. His Secret Family was also a top 20 Kindle bestseller in the US. More than 16.2 million pages of my Bookouture novels have been read in Kindle Unlimited, with more than 272,000 copies sold.
I live in Oxfordshire with my husband and our two children. Our son was diagnosed as autistic in 2011, about a month after I landed my first book deal. You can read more about the diagnosis in this blog post about how we found out about his autism.
I’m represented by Judith Murdoch. I’m a member of the Society of Authors and Writers in Oxford.
Here’s an interview with Esther Lafferty published in Abingdon Town magazine to coincide with Lost Daughter coming out.
Here’s a bit more about me in Female First.
Here are some news announcements from Bookouture about my books: signing me up for Lost Daughter and His Secret Family in 2018, commissioning My Mother’s Choice and The Marriage Lie in 2019 and, in 2021, setting out plans to publish The Family I Lost and one more novel.
My writing debut
My debut novel, Stop the Clock, was published by Black Swan in August 2012. My second novel, After I Left You, also published by Black Swan, came out in ebook in January 2014 and was published in paperback in July 2014.
After I Left You is published in Germany by Diana Verlag. The title of the German edition is Und dann, eines Tages.
The back story
I decided I wanted to be a writer pretty much as soon as I learned the word (and I am still finding out what it means – lifelong process!) I wrote my first novel when I was at primary school.
I went on to study English at University College, Oxford, and did a diploma in journalism at Cardiff University. I worked as a reporter at The Stage and as a features writer at the WI magazine, and wrote about childcare and education for Nursery World.
All brilliant experience for an aspiring novelist interested in women’s lives, and their families, relationships and experiences at work. I started writing fiction again in my late 20s, and got down to it in earnest after I’d had my first baby and moved to Oxfordshire.
About After I Left You
Anna has not been back to Oxford since her last summer at university, seventeen years ago. She tries not to think about her time there, or the tightly knit group of friends she once thought would be hers forever. She has almost forgotten the fierce sting of betrayal, the heartache, the secret she carries around with her, the last night she spent with them all.
Then a chance meeting on a rainy day in London brings her past tumbling back into her present, and Anna is faced with remembering the events of that summer and the people she left behind…
Responses to After I Left You
“A lovely absorbing read, so evocative of student life. Alison Mercer really captures the passion of falling in love for the first time.” (Alice Peterson, author of Monday to Friday Man)
“Alison Mercer has expertly spun an engrossing story about love, secrets and second chances.” (Tamar Cohen, author of The Mistress’s Revenge)
“A tender and romantic story of love and friendship, elegant and engrossing, beautifully told” (Louise Douglas, author of The Secrets Between Us)
“Beautifully written and full of intelligent, emotional and interesting characters . . . will stay with you long after you finish the final captivating chapter” (Daily Mail)
“A wonderfully romantic read that’ll have you hooked from the offset” (OK!)
“A deeply moving tale of facing the past so you can live in the present” (Star)
About Stop the Clock
Meet Lucy, Tina and Natalie, twenty-something friends who are all negotiating the risky business of being grown-up.
Lucy knows exactly what she wants: her marriage to be a success, her children to be perfect, and to be the ultimate home-maker.
Tina knows what she wants too: her journalism career to take off and to see her name as a byline in a national newspaper… and the illicit affair she’s started leaves her free enough to follow her dreams.
Natalie just wants to be happy – happy with the boyfriend she’s dated since college, happy with the job she’s drifted into, happy with a life she thinks is enough – but is it really?
Ten years later, all three women have the lives they thought they wanted. But somehow, reality isn’t quite as neat and clean-cut as their dreams…
Responses to Stop the Clock
“Effortlessly readable and sharply realistic, this is grown-up chick-lit at its very best.” (Closer)
“Funny and moving, this is a fab debut from Alison Mercer.” (new!)
“Mercer has a satirical eye which she puts to good effect in describing such cornerstones of middle-class life as private antenatal classes and bitchy newspaper columnists. A funny, promising debut.” (Daily Mail)