Interview with M J Moore

What do you read for pleasure?
Everything! I'm neither a literary elitist nor a genre junkie. Any piece of fiction filled with great characters, a story I can happily curl up and die in, and well written prose (i.e prose that carries the story well - it doesn't have to be Shakespeare. Read The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenedes and you'll see what I mean). Some of the books that gave me the most pleasure were The Virgin Suicides; Perfume: the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind; Geek Love by Katherin Dunne; Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; House Of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski; Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King and The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold.
Describe your desk
An old, chipped, third-hand Target job covered in CD's, notebooks, and Burger Rings wrappers. (Burger Rings are kind of like Cheetos, except that they're ring shaped and really tangy. For those outside Australia, see if you can buy them on ebay or something because oh my God, they are good).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in government housing; specifically, I lived in a concrete flat in a big block of concrete flats. I was a socially awkward kid, so I spent a LOT of time writing.
When did you first start writing?
When I was very young - about five or six, I think. The stories I first wrote all featured myself as the hero in some way (analyze that, if you will), but I've always had a fascination for horror.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started writing The Rental while taking a hiatus from writing The Deified (a novel I still haven't finished), by watching crappy cable TV. I flicked over to one of the movie channels, and the Brian De Palma directed adaptation of The Black Dahlia came on. Despite what many others have said about the movie, I loved it, and decided I wanted to write a noir thriller myself, but didn't want it set in the traditional noir period. So although I left it in Hollywood, I set it in the early nineteen-eighties, gave it an almost all female cast of characters (apart from the narrator), and gave it a slightly dirtier, grizzlier tone. It's the most fun I've ever had writing a story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The opportunity to get my work read by as many people as I could, as quickly as possible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters. I love it.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on three books at the moment - at intermittent intervals, obviously. My major focus is on Little Treasures, an anthology/novel about a family brutally self-destructing, with each character's undoing being directly or indirectly brought about via a particular object they covet. Why do I call it an anthology/novel? Because each chapter is told as a separate short story, and is book-ended by the wraparound story, set in the modern day, of the only surviving member of the clan finding out she was adopted and inheriting the family home, and the box of 'Treasures' hidden in an upstairs closet. I went for gothic horror with this one. Hope I succeeded. Should be out soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King; Jeffrey Eugenedes; Charles Dickens; Mark Z Danielewski; James Ellroy; way too many others to mention.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read...a LOT. I also love movies, taking my dog for walks, baking. As you have no doubt deduced by now, I aint gonna travel too far if a cyclone comes along that can actually get me off the ground.
Published 2015-08-08.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 37,430. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Real monsters don't read fairy tales, and happy endings are not guaranteed. Ten monsters of a different kind.
Price: $1.28 USD. Words: 42,400. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A killer who prays on lonely women. A millionaire widow. A child who lagged behind once too often. A mechanic with a penchant for common girls. Each of them left a trail, and each of those trails was followed. Who's trailing you?
The Rental
Price: Free! Words: 29,580. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Cole Jensen was a homeless writer. Now he lives in a pool house in the Hollywood Hills, where he earns his keep by entertaining the odd, sinister women who attend his benefactor's nightly soirees. These encounters inspire a novel that might just make his career, but with the party games getting darker, and the guest list shrinking each day, Cole must decide whether art is worth dying for.