Interview with Ian C. Dawkins Moore

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I spent over $20,000 publishing my books through vanity presses before I realized there was a better way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to control my publications and distribute my books in an efficient and effective way. Marketing is increasingly a job that the writer must do him/her self. Smashwords gives me the tools to do the marketing I need.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The initial idea is always very exciting, it's like mad passionate sex.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans inspire me to be a better writer.
What are you working on next?
I have another book of short stories that I'm working on called 'The Bronze Age'. I like the short story format. It allows me to explore a particular idea, compare it with others and weave it into a fun story that will entertain my readers without taking up too much of their valuable time.
What are you working on next?
I have another book of short stories that I'm working on. I like the short story format. It allows me to explore a particular idea, compare it with others and weave it into a fun story that will entertain my readers without taking up too much of their valuable time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joseph Conrad, Alexander Pushkin, Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, I read extensively both non fiction - history, and fiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospects of creating a story that will inspire and motivate myself and others to make each day a successful adventure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
reading,traveling, watching movies
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a sony reader and I look through it daily for good reads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Coming to America. My descriptions of arriving in Oakland California from Scotland in 1981.
What is your writing process?
First I sit down with the intention of writing. Usually I come to my writing desk with an idea I want to write about or a project I'm currently working on. If I cannnot think of anything. I meditate on the writings I have done. Look through other writings and concentrate on a first line. Once I've got the first line I'm off and running. It's important to want to be creative and allow yourself to be creative, which means being patient with yourself.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. It was horrifying, but beautiful in its descriptive powers. When I finished reading it I wanted to be a writer, although at the time I had no idea how that would happen.
How do you approach cover design?
My daughter's a graphic artist and I dabble in the fine arts. I usually make a crude drawing and give it to her. Then we work on it for a bit until it conveys the feel that I want.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad; because of his tremendous powers of observation and description,
The Captains Daughter, by Alexander Pushkin, because of his fresh humanist and descriptive writing style.
Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin, because of his fierce powerful subject matter.
Hemingway' short stories, because of their brevity and powerful dialogues that infuse great sensitivity into his characters.
The Lunatic, by Anthony Winkler, because he tells hilarious stories about Jamaican characters that are irresistible.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
sony reader
Published 2014-09-04.
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Books by This Author

You Can't Push A String Up A HIll
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 97,840. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Essay » Literature
SHORT STORIES AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT BUT WHO CAN’T RESIST SCREWING ME. The characters in this book come alive and seem to be telling us to focus on which end of the string the influence lies. In other words, in any given situation, who needs to change, me or the other guy? You are in for a treat. Sue Stoney, The Editor
Divine Providence (or when all else fails, be lucky)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 66,710. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Nonfiction » Travel » Road travel
Short stories and poems featuring adventures’ in the search and meaning of happiness. And how our best laid plans are often disrupted and we are left calling on the magic of consciousness and faith in our abilities to persevere.
The Arrival (How to survive in America)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 91,510. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Cross-cultural essays reflecting 30 years of living and observing life in America; Part I - Coming to America, Part II - Living in America; Part III – Surviving in America.
The Road to Ramadan
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2012 by Ian C. Dawkins Moore. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
A young man of color, from Britain, journeys through West Africa in search of his identity. After many adventures he meets a young Ghanaian, who teaches him about Islam. Meeting his family he goes to live with his extended family in Kumasi and learns about the true values of the Moslem faith and his place in the world.
Jungle Fever
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012 by Ian C. Dawkins Moore. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
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A man relates a story in a bar, in Aberdeen, Scotland, about an adventure he had in West Africa; and how his biggest fears of catching a deadly disease were made real.
Dead Secrets
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012 by Ian C. Dawkins Moore. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A man on the run from his past comes into a fortune only to lose it.
Return to My Native Land
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 67,060. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2010 by Ian C. Dawkins Moore. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
As a young man, I traveled in West Africa in search of my identity. I am a man of color, who was born in England. I visited West Africa in he mid-seventies before that area exploded into violence, and witnessed the displacement of its people. This story is about my encounters with real people in Africa and my personal observations of my time there.
The Meaning of Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,050. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2010 by Ian C. Dawkins Moore. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Romance » General
A collection of short stories and poems of romance, travel and adventure. For all readers who love language, words and expression, this collection is dedicated to you and the passionate stories that are now germinating in your hearts. May my humble stories act as a catalyst for your exuberant creations.
America-Culture Shock
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,530. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Immigration & Emigration
Culture shock is about the shock of cultures coming together in our world today. This book presents the story of culture shock within America to Americans. This book consolidates twenty years of writing and research about the culture shock experience into a definitive collection of essays, poems, commentaries and stories. They offer practical perspectives for students in high school and college,
Great Black Innovators & the Problem Solving Process
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,210. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study skills
A workbook, using the biographies and historical accomplishments of important black innovators, to demonstrate the problem solving process. A book, whose six step program can be used to resolve any problem.
Afro-Muse: The Evolution of African-American Music
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,400. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2009 by Ian C. Dawkins Moore. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
The story of music making in early African societies and its importation to America. A review showing the musical influences of Africa onto America. Chapters includes: Africa's history, musicology, instruments,the middle passage, seasoning in the islands, new world Africans arrive with their music,conversion to Christianity, the spirituals, camp meetings,the blues and hip hop's real origins.
Open Heart Poetry
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,060. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
"Open Heart Poetry is iconoclastic poetry, written in a precise language that explores the intricacies of the emotions of love, friendship, and fatherhood, and ruminates on politics, history, music, and the mysteries of life. Each line in every poem explodes with an exact syntax and diction that grips the mind of the reader." Reginald Lockett, Poet & author of “PARTY CRASHERS OF PARADISE”