AVANT GARDE Magazine March Issue 2017 - Dr. James Mercer Author of Secrets and Shame, Dear Oprah Diaries
DR. James Mercer
Written by Melinda Manos
Manos Public Relations
A scroll through Dr. James W. Mercer’s social media is nothing short of fabulous. From friendships with “Real Housewives” from every city to hanging out with singing sensations and beauty queens, Mercer is no stranger to the Red Carpet – and his fashion is always on point.
Mercer is an author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist from Texas. He has been featured on San Diego Living, Good Day Austin, Good Morning America, Bravo, among others. In the course of Hollywood events and his national book tour, Dr. Mercer has formed friendships with some of the biggest names in entertainment including, Robin Roberts, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Eileen Davidson, Tanya Tucker, and Mary Wilson. “His dynamic, engaging personality combined with a tireless service for foster children is so endearing, we can’t get enough of him,” stated Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania.
All fabulousness aside, Mercer’s heart stands out even more. As the president and owner of Lonestar Social Services in Austin, he has dedicated his career to providing foster care services, adoptions and court-ordered visitations helping to maintain family connections. Mercer and his team work tirelessly, every single day, to create a brighter and better future for the children of Texas. Years ago, Mercer created the same thing for himself.
Mercer’s recently-released memoir, Secrets and Shame: Dear Oprah Diaries, narrates his journey as a gay, Jewish boy growing up in a small Texas town. An environment filled with alcoholism, abuse, and chemical-dependency surrounded his up-bringing, but even hitting rock-bottom, this man could not be kept down. Filled with love and rejuvenated faith in humanity, Mercer chose to see the good in the world and continues fighting to protect it.
“When you spend your life doing what you love, it is never work- it’s a privilege,” explains Mercer. “My daily prayer is that my story can help others faced with a life of torment and despair to find hope and encouragement to know they are valued and have meaning. God makes no mistakes, you are worthy.”
What’s next you might ask? Dr. Mercer is in negotiations to participate in a reality TV show and is readying his next book Matters of Life After Death: Diaries of A Mortician– a collection of stories from the funeral industry: the good the bad and the ugly.
One thing is for sure, Dr. James Mercer is one style-conscious visionary who is destined to transform the world around him.
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