Interview with Anastacia Moore

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a ranch in Southern California, before moving to the Midwest. Living in remote areas most of my life garnered a pretty vivid imagination, along with being an avid fiction reader. I think that most of my writing comes from a combination of truth and fiction, hopefully combined to keep the readers' interest, and perhaps give them something to think about as well. I also use a lot of my life experiences in my writing, mixed of course with equal doses of fact and fiction. The challenge to the reader is to figure out which part is fact and which part is truly fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing songs and poetry when I was twelve years old. My father, after I had been begging for quite sometime, bought me a wonderful $20.00 Sears and Roebuck guitar for Christmas, and I would spend hours upon hours up in the dormer window of my bedroom, listening to certain albums repeatedly, and teaching myself the chords and music by ear. From there I would create my own music and songs. In the seventh grade I had the most fantastic English teacher; Mr. Sharp, who introduced us to the "classics" Edgar Allan Poe, Longfellow, Cooleridge, Shelley, and tons of others. He taught us a lot in our Creative Writing classes, and I honestly think that is what inspired me to become an author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have always been a fan of Stephen King, and horror/fiction in general, and my novel "Curse of The Salute" is based loosely on my experience as a professional fisherman on a real fishing vessel named "Salute". It is an old wooden schooner, 59' bow to stern, and runs on diesel fuel. It's one of the older vessels in the fleet, and lends itself grandly to the idea of being "haunted". Fishermen are very superstitious about many things. In this novel, for example, you don't really find out 'why' the boat is haunted until the very end, but if you were a true fisherman, it would make perfect sense. Let's just put it this way . . . you have to take all precaution when renaming a boat.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I came across Smashwords quite by accident. I had submitted my novel to a 'publisher' a couple years back, and received a glowing review from them. It turned out that they wanted ME to pay THEM to publish my book! So, I pretty much was disenchanted by submitting a full manuscript to anyone, mostly out of fear of plagiarism, not out of rejection. I ran across another author on one of my internet pages, who had published with Smashwords, and after thoroughly reading through the information, decided to give it a go. I have been extremely happy with the results, and have also published with Createspace, and now have both e-book capability as well as print versions for my books. Having fellow professional authors that swap out proofing and editing services helps immensely, and doing my own covers, advertising and marketing cuts out the 'middle man' and the sharks swimming about trying to take advantage of fledgling authors.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a fantastic venue for distributing the e-book to so many other vendors. Between Smashwords and CreateSpace, as an author, I pretty much have all the bases covered. It also opens many doors to having the print versions carried in brick and mortar stores. Smashwords gives you the opportunity, you only have to have the initiative and drive to market and promote your work, and that is what will either make you or break you. In today's competitive markets, you can't just sit back on your laurels and write, even if you were to be carried with a traditional publisher, you still need to contribute your time and energy to self promotion.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy besides the creation itself, is when someone gives an honest, glowing review, and I don't mean 'friends' or 'family'. They pretty much are not going to tell you that your book 'sucks' because let's face it, they have to live with you, or in the case of friends, they don't want to alienate you by being brutally honest. So, when total strangers give you a glowing review, for me, that is a pretty joyful feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the basis of ones success. Without them, you would just be a person writing stories, with a box of unread books laying around collecting dust. I value my fans very much, and have actually created ongoing friendships with several. They are important to me, and I always take the time to reply to messages, or questions, because I've always felt that one of the best advertising tools is 'word of mouth', and if you establish a working relationship with your fans, they will not only speak kindly about your books, but about you as well, and that will spark a little interest in newcomers to your work. Thus, the circle continues to grow.
What are you working on next?
I am finishing up the first book of my latest series "Obtrusion". In "Book 1 - The Gathering", a diverse group of people are flung together through circumstances beyond their control, only to discover that they play a major role in whether the human race will survive self annihilation. I've never been a "conspiracy theorist" per se, but I've always had a rabid thirst for knowledge when it comes to the 'creation theories' that abound, and whether there is life on other planets, and what role, if any, those beings may or may not have had in the forming of planet Earth. I tend to believe that it is rather naïve for us to think that in the entire universe, that we are the ONLY living creatures.

Obtrusion takes theories about aliens, creationism, and government conspiracy, all rolled into a neat 'what if' scenario. Although it is fiction, there are some facts within that are undeniable, and will cause the average reader to sit back and ponder . . . . wow, what if . . .
Who are your favorite authors?
As I mentioned earlier, I don't care what Kathy Bates said in "Misery", I have always been Stephen King's Number ONE fan . . . I started reading his work from the onset, and continue to follow his writing.

Edgar Allan Poe, with his deep sense of the macabre, was one of my favorites growing up, and even at a young age, it perplexed me as to what could haunt a man so much that his imagination could create such horror in the way of his novels, poems, etc. "Annabelle Lee" was one of the songs I would play on my el cheapo guitar that I prized more than gold. Of course, for a father of five, struggling to get by back then, that $20 guitar was a 'big ticket' item, and it meant the world to me. Still does to this day.

Samuel Taylor Cooleridge, "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner" was fantastic. I liked it so well, that I memorized the entire thing, and recited it in class. It delves into the superstitions of the sailor and what dire consequences can ensue. Brilliant.

Of course, Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin"; Pearl S. Buck, "The Good Earth"; Jack London, All of his works (I loved reading about animals as a young adult); Laura Ingalls Wilder, All of the "Little House" books; Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein"; Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Mark Twain, Peter Straub, John Grisham, Michael Chrichton, Dan Brown, Erich Von Daniken (who really makes you think about a lot of his theories); there are so many, as I've got quite an eclectic reading style, so I will leave it at these. There are many many more fantastic authors that have been a great influence on my writing, as well as my way of looking at things in general.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that there are so many things to see and do, and enjoy before they are all gone. I love to write, create, play music, and photography. I am an avid artist. There are so many things to explore, and to learn. I find it difficult to limit my self to spending any more time in bed than is absolutely necessary.

When I am writing, I will often stay up into the wee hours when I am on a 'roll'. When I do take the time to look at the clock, and see that I've been at it for 7 or 8 hours straight, it doesn't bother me. The minimal amount of sleep I do get does not affect me in the way that it does for some. I think we are all built with such diversity, that some have the energy and stamina that it is not necessary to spend 8 to 9 hours in bed, and I consider myself one of those lucky few. Life is too short and too exciting to waste it away in bed!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hmmm, see above. I have a dog, a cat, a mate, and they are all very important to me. He and I spend our free time biking, fishing, exploring, enjoying rodeos, and just galavanting around the countryside taking photographs. I have spent time as a professional photographer, and graphic artist in my multitude of 'careers', and to this day, I still enjoy painting, and photography. We are both musically inclined, he played clarinet in high school, and I played violin. We each have clarinets, I have my guitar and keyboard, and every once in awhile, I just enjoy sitting back and strumming out a new melody. I am not quite a virtuoso on the clarinet yet (trying to be considerate of the neighbors, as the clarinet is very difficult to play 'quietly'), but I enjoy playing.

With my photography, I like to document places, scenes, people, animals, things that will not always be here, as we are slowly ruining a lot of the beautiful and iconic things on this planet. If nothing else, I like to think that some of the history can be preserved not only in writing but as images for future generations, if there should be many more.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find good books through recommendations by friends, fellow authors, and I also am an avid fan of Goodreads. I read a lot of works by fellow authors. In fact, I have an arrangement with another great author, wherein, we beta read each other's work prior to publication. It is a very symbiotic relationship, and not only helps us out fantastically, but is a great money saver.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story, and the name escapes me, but it was my 7th grade assignment, about a little girl who was adopted, and all she wanted for Christmas was a piano. The people she was living with were not so well to do, but eventually, she got her wish. I received an A+ for that story, even though Mr. Sharp let me turn it in late because I had the flu at the time.
What is your writing process?
I write on my laptop, and I have a little 4 x 6 notepad for each book I'm writing, to jot notes in the 'off' times. I'm a relatively fast typist, and sometimes, my thoughts overrun the speed of my fingers, so I just let it flow, and when about half done, I will usually print out a draft (easier to read and mark editorial comments) then make the changes to the original on the computer, and carry on. So far, I haven't had any 'writers' block' problems. My mind is cluttered with all the information that is waiting to get out, so I spend a great deal of time writing.
Published 2013-08-27.
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Books by This Author

Obtrusion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,790. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
What if you were given a second chance? Molly and David have that chance, but will they accept it? The time has come to put their trust in someone. The conspiracy theories and stories of alien beings have been around for thousands of years, from the ancient Sumarians to modern times. Every nation on Earth has tales of strange beings, lights in the sky, alien abductions.Open your mind to Obtrusion.
Curse of The Salute
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,340. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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When people he cares about meet tragic fates onboard the old wooden 59' fishing schooner Salute; Dick Frank, commercial fisherman by birthright, must overcome obstacles both real and supernatural to end the macabre cycle of death that IS the curse of the Salute.