Interview with Ian D. Moore

What is your writing process?
Process? I don't really have set rules, I usually get the ending to a book before the beginning comes, I tend to work backwards and go with the flow really, too much planning often leads to confusion in a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh yes, definitely. It was a book called The Navajo Slave, though I forget who wrote it, I would have been 7yrs old perhaps and it's stayed with me for the last 36yrs. The book made me imagine, it put me into the shoes of the cowboy who found the indian and made me see through their eyes as many books have done since.
How do you approach cover design?
Sticky question. For my first book I tried to do it myself, what I had in mind needed professional help so I relented and went to a design company, giving them the images in my head and a scene from the book to work on. The more information and detail you can provide to a designer, the better the results will be. Salby Damned cover is epic, I think.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Navajo Slave just because it was the first "grown up" book I ever read.
By The Rivers Of Babylon - Nelson De Mille. Epic political thriller that took me away from where I was sat and put me in the wreckage of a concorde in the desert.
Portent - James Herbert. I love the supernatural stuff and this really got me thinking about the earth itself.
IT - Stephen King. The master of horror. A possibility we know exists but never talk about.
Encyclopaedia of The World. Fascinating facts about the rock we live on that most will never know.
What do you read for pleasure?
How big is the sky? I'll read pretty much anything if it captures my imagination from the outset. I tend to err on the side of supernatural, vampire or horror thrillers but have been known to read romance and even politically based books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one, me and technology fell out a few years ago and have yet to make up ;') Will perhaps invest in a kindle or similar device for the future, will have to see what santa brings.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hmmmm, something I'm struggling with still, being new to all of this. I've never had to blow my own trumpet so often. One of the best helps so far was the advice from a fellow Indie Author, J. A. Belfield. Look her up and pick her brain, she's amazing! Blogging is always good, the more people can see you the better, social media sites are all free advertising, local free ads papers too, even ebay!
Describe your desk
Usually it's about 60 feet long, weights around 40 tonnes and is or was tipping a load of caged, wheeled trolley supermarket foods up and down the country. My actual desk is half lap, half steering wheel as I write my best stuff when I'm at work trucking. It takes me away from the endless white lines of the road.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little town called Sutton Coldfield just outside a very big city called Birmingham, England. My days were spent on endless country bike rides or hammering nails into bits of wood to create wooden works of art, at least they were to me. I had lots of time to think about stuff, over think mostly, but I still take those experiences and channel them into my books, happy childhood, loving parents and hard work are what I grew up with.
When did you first start writing?
Seriously? Probably in high school, I could never answer a written question in less than three paragraphs though I have learnt to do so now ;')
What's the story behind your latest book?
A quiet rural community in the midst of a ruthless fight between the Town Council Resident's Association and the Shale Gas Fracking Corporation who wrecklessly begin drilling beneath the town with horrific results. A freelance reporter teams up with a mysterious council leader in a fight for humanity against a deadly man made bio-chemical weapon. They must find a cure and protect the nation against hordes of un-dead zombies intent one one thing only.......................killing. Gripping tales of heroism, love, greed, power and money beyond imagination each with their own consequences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The challenge really, to see if I could write something that others would be captivated by. Still awaiting the results ;')
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Like most Indie Authors, it has made it possible for small fry to challenge the greatest writers known. To give them food for thought and up their game which, in turn, means book lovers get a much wider, diverse menu of high quality good reading from every genre imaginable. Smashwords is the guiding platform for that and long may it continue.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to put myself in character, I am behind the rifle, I am caressing Evelyn or fighting Brin Garrett, I'm in a helicopter looking at corpses being eaten by birds, I'm in a meeting with a top scientist and all the time.................I'm in my truck, getting ready to deliver another load. THAT'S WRITING!!
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get some, I'll come back and answer this question. For those who have already read my book, their feedback is priceless, their support is humbling and it gives me a great sense of accomplishment and joy that I have created something they have liked so much.
What are you working on next?
Just released The Amazing Adventures Of Ken Brown - Australian Wombat. A collection of six short bedtime stories for children, just to see if I could write in a less formal, less twisted style. My sister picked up a toy wombat from a car boot sale, asked me to write a story about him................so I did. I love a challenge. My next full novel is called Being Within........bit of a supernatural thriller/horror that I'm still thinking out, have penned the start but it's currently on hold while I market Salby Damned.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nelson De Mille
James Herbert
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
J.A Belfield

To name but a few, favourite is difficult to choose, there are so many brilliant writers about.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work mainly, and the thought that one day I'll be able to sit and write instead of hauling ass up the motorway waiting for a break to jot down my latest wacky thoughts. Truth be told, I've always been a workaholic.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually with my children or long suffering partner who recently, has seen even less of my attentions due to the books. I admire her patience and love her without question. We tend to go to music concerts, open air, sometimes classical, sometimes rock/pop and usually stay in a bed and breakfast miles from civilisation just loving the country.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Twitter is a great place to discover books and authors and I love that you can write to the writer and ask them about their work. Its much more personal that way. Social media is a great place to go and find a good read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
If I'm honest, no. I wrote hundreds of short stories though none will ever see the light of day.
What do I hope the future holds?
I only hope that I can leave something of myself in the words that I write for generations after I'm long gone. In the process, I'd like to get children and young adults READING again. Something we seem to have forgotten how to do with the advent of technology.
Published 2014-09-04.
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Books by This Author

Salby Damned
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,950. Language: British English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Nathan Cross and Evelyn Shepherd fight a multi-million dollar gas drilling corporation in a desperate struggle to save humanity from one of science's fiercest creations. There are things in this world we wish we could un-invent, this is one of them. Fast-paced graphic action/adventure with twists and turns you simply won't see coming.