Merritt Tierces’ debut novel, Love Me Back, was inspired in part by her own struggle with “body politics.”
From what she describes as a conservative Christian family in Texas, Tierce says she struggled with decisions about sex and motherhood early in life. After spending time as a pro-life activist, she became a mother at 19 and supported herself working as a server in a restaurant.
Tierce is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and says Love Me Back, is in part autobiographical. It follows the life of Marie, a single mother who works at an upscale Steakhouse in Dallas, Texas who spends her time working through decisions about sex and self-destruction.