Interview with Ray Mooney

When and why did you start writing?
In 1973 after ‘resigning from the human race’ having suffered another bashing from H Division warders.
Do you sometimes identify with your characters?
Always, especially the bad ones.
What do you think of unsolicited feedback?
Let me check with my lawyer.
Do you accept writers as also being critics?
Absolutely, but keep in mind Oscar Wilde’s quote on critics that critics reveal more about themselves than what they’re criticising.
What’s your definition of a committed writer?
Someone who backs themselves in for the rest of their life to make it as a writer.
What annoys you about other writers?
Very little. However, a famous Australian sportsperson proudly admitted at the launch of his biography he’d never read a book. Had that been his autobiography I’d of been annoyed.
What book has affected you the most?
A book I’ve never read. A teacher I liked in prison, John Tittensor, lost two children in a fire and wrote a book about his emotional survival: Year One: A Record. I couldn’t bring myself to read it, but I’ve thought about it more than any other book.
Do you make a living out of writing?
Ha, ha, would I be answering these deep and meaningful questions if I did? I made my living teaching professional writing.
Can you teach writing?
Definitely – anything you can do you can learn to do better
What advice would you give to new and aspiring writers?
Become an expert on the techniques and elements of good and bad writing. Never compare yourself to another writer. Their DNA might be better/worse than yours. Compare yourself to what you know you’re capable of achieving.
What is your writing process?
I write every day and try and develops moments of what I call ‘on a roll’. Those moments might last 15 minutes or 5 hours. When I’m in the ‘roll’ I try not to let anything interrupt me. I spend lots of time rewriting, sometimes a paragraph 40/50 times. I focus on avoiding or rewriting awkward language by treating every sentence as a work of art.
Why did you rewrite A Green Light as a 3-part series?
Because 25 years after I wrote it I realised I’d learned more about writing and knew it would be a better book if totally rewritten. It was originally written in three sections which made turning it into a 3-part series easy.
Do criminals make good writers?
Bloody oath, but as Johnny Morgan would say, keep an eye out for the bad ones.
What’s your next project?
Edit these questions.
Published 2016-01-19.
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Books by This Author

The Ethics of Evil: Stories of H Division
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 231,790. Language: Australian English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
This non-fiction book explores the true story of H Division, the punishment division within Pentridge Prison, Melbourne, that operated from 1958-1994, which was responsible for cultivating criminals who committed horrific crimes upon their release.
A Green Light – Book 3: The Kingdom
Series: A Green Light. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 134,660. Language: Australian English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
A Green Light is a series of 3 books: THE KINGDOM OF CHILDREN, THE KINGDOM OF MEN and THE KINGDOM. Each explores the dramatic development of Australia’s most notorious hitman, Johnny Morgan, who could have been a normal upstanding citizen but chose to become a ruthless killer. These 3 books take our understanding of the criminal mind to a new level. They can be read in any order.
A Green Light – Book 2: The Kingdom of Men
Series: A Green Light. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 99,970. Language: Australian English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
A Green Light is a series of 3 books: THE KINGDOM OF CHILDREN, THE KINGDOM OF MEN and THE KINGDOM. Each explores the dramatic development of Australia’s most notorious hitman, Johnny Morgan, who could have been a normal upstanding citizen but chose to become a ruthless killer. These 3 books take our understanding of the criminal mind to a new level. They can be read in any order.
A Green Light - Book 1: The Kingdom of Children
Series: A Green Light. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 58,100. Language: Australian English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
A Green Light is a series of 3 books: THE KINGDOM OF CHILDREN, THE KINGDOM OF MEN and THE KINGDOM. Each explores the dramatic development of Australia’s most notorious hitman, Johnny Morgan, who could have been a normal upstanding citizen but choose to become a ruthless killer. These books take our understanding of the criminal mind to a new level. They can be read in any order.