Interview with Moira J. Moore

When did you first start writing?
I always loved writing stories for school, but I started writing my first book when I was fourteen. I was sitting in class, staring out the window, bored out of my mind. So I started writing a book about a young girl, sitting in class, bored out of her mind. It was just that she was attending a school of wizardry.

That was a terrible book and I'm glad it's decomposing somewhere.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I find the prevalence of romance novels that justify or praise abusive behaviour really disheartening, and I had to write a book about it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote a series of six books for a traditional publishing company. (The Heroes series by ACE of Penguin Random House.) They didn't sell well, and ACE didn't want to finish the series. As I'd always had an ending in mind, I didn't want to leave the series unfinished, so I self-published the last book, Heroes' Reward. I found the self-publishing experience so much more rewarding. The freedom, in particular. While I value the expertise of editors, I love the fact that as an indie writer, when an editor is trying to push me in a direction I think is screamingly wrong, I can say, "No," and that's the end of it. I sure work harder, though.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's range of distribution is much wider than any other means of self-publishing that I know of.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating things. Learning things. Writing about how I think things should be. The intellectual challenge. Pretty much all of it. (Except proofreading.)
What do your fans mean to you?
People I'm having a conversation with, even if we're not sitting down face-to-face. They've been so supportive in so many ways.
What are you working on next?
A cop in Ottawa 2025. With magic!
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really have favourites. I've had writers I was obsessed with for years and then lost interest in. Currently, I'm reading mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers.
What is your writing process?
Usually, I get really mad about something. That's what motivates me to find a story to tell, to address what has made me angry. Usually, the idea simmers in the back of my brain for a few months, as new ideas come to me. When I feel I have enough to get started - some characters, beginning, middle, and end - I sit down and write random notes, and then an outline. The first draft is written longhand, and then typed, then marked up with a pen, and then typed again. I send it to a couple of people for feedback, make revisions, and then hire an editor. More revisions.
Published 2015-04-23.
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Books by This Author

The Easy Expedition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 113,110. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The war between Aldance and Amnisa has been dragging on for three years. The Aldench have their chance to end it when they learn that the secret to the Amnisans' endurance is their bokra grounds, a rare soil that enhances the health of soldiers, crops, and livestock. Knowing that stealing these grounds will crush the will of the enemy, the military picks a team to perform that task.
Scribe in Shadows
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,380. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Alcina lives in a land of subtle magic. She is a scribe and has prepared to take her mother's place as High Scribe when her mother retires. When her mother is killed unexpectedly, Alcina must take her place. But her mother was not just a scribe; she was also working with a secret alliance to counter the plans of the Principal Councillor and had information that someone might just kill for.
The CEO Can Drop Dead: A That's Not Romance Book
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,550. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Catherine is a happy novelist, but a little strapped for cash, so the six-week job at computer software company Create and Conquer is a welcome chance to make some extra money. She meets the CEO, Lance MacCallan, on her very first day. He’s gorgeous, rich, admired by all around him, and not above sexual harassment, stalking, or emotional abuse.
Heroes' Reward
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,790. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Shield Dunleavy Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish have lived in Flown Raven for five years, protecting its residents from natural disasters. When they are unexpectedly summoned to Shidonee’s Gap by the Triple S council, they find changes have been occurring in the rest of the world, changes that will drag them into unimaginable duties and unprecedented danger.