‘Orange is the New Black’ staff writer has East Dallas ties

Merritt Tierce (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Have you watched the latest round of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix? Everything good about season-six has to do with a Dallas-area author, Merritt Tierce; she’s credited as the show’s staff writer. She has her very own title in the credits, and wrote a book set in East Dallas before OITNB.

Season 6 is well worth watching. Not without problems, it’s still one of the most binge-able streaming narratives. Vox has a solid review that taps all the new season’s highs and lows.

Note: Also, the show’s been renewed for a Season 7.

Rachel Stone, interviewed Merritt following Merritt’s publication of her extensively extolled first novel “Love Me Back.” Set in Dallas — East Dallas to be precise — it is a work of fiction, albeit local readers are sure to recognize certain people, places and things.

The main character Marie, for example, lives on Lower Greenville and works at Valentino’s, a thinly camouflaged Terilli’s.

Merritt Tierce (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

The real-life Merritt was waiting tables in 2006 when she commenced penning aforementioned book.

She initially published part of it as a short story, and before long she earned a spot at the esteemed Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

“I expected to have to send my stuff out to a lot of people and get a lot of rejections, and that wasn’t the experience I had,” she told Stone. “I had agents contacting me and asking if they could take me to lunch, and that was really great and weird. My route to getting a book published was much different from what most writers expect. My agent sold my manuscript within two weeks. The whole publishing process has been really, really great.”

Lest you think I do not appreciate the busting of butt required to make such success happen, I’ll point out that before praise from every outlet — New York Timesto British GQ (where bloody St. Vincent/Annie Clark gave the woman a shout out) — rained down upon the author, and before she went off to comparatively slow-paced grad school, she “… worked two full-time jobs. It was really, really stressful,” she said, “and I don’t think I realized until I got to Iowa that I hadn’t been getting enough sleep for about three years. For the first six months, I slept a lot. But then I actually worked at a steakhouse in Iowa City, and I also flew home often, at least once a month, and worked a long weekend at the restaurant here.”

Her first novel is set in Dallas. (Merritttierce.com)

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