Charles Moore


Still hard at writing the next novel. Been reading and updating both blogs. At least the winter is about over but experience says we have had some right serious snows up until April.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was lucky enough to have a position that allowed me to tinker a bit at writing and editing. That luck held into Grad school where I earned a MA in English. Talk about writing! I had a Mac something-or-rather (one of the all-in-ones) and I spent many nights hammering away at the keyboard. I was fortunate enough to meet a few folks working on projects that needed some research and writing.

Several years later, not too many years before I retired, I got the great break of writing for our local paper's op-ed page "Community Voices" section. I've turned out 30 columns some of them on the front page of the Editorial section of the Sunday paper. Once I retired I began writing in earnest.

But, this really is a young person's game. The time spent and the energy to keep going is an awful strain. Although, having said that, I enjoy observing people and thinking about the human condition. Like Raymond Chandler, my detectives are supposed to be more observers than catalysts. It's not that they don't get involved, but I wanted the story to talk about something besides them!

I've been very lucky, indeed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Pratt's Trials is sort of an offshoot to some of the detective-fiction and science-fiction I've been reading lately. It is more futuristic than scientific. I am more interested in some kind of story about the people than the so-called science around them. So, I made the place a hodgepodge of steam punk, wild West, and modern society. The book is about Pratt and his trials, not gadgets.

"The Honorable Man" was a brief look into recent phenomenon of a sort of warrior-celebration of the American GI. I thought it would be interesting to think of a couple of soldiers whose stories were quite unlike what we hear today. But, told not as a war story but as foggy memories and thus errors and misunderstandings. One of my proposed titles was "The Fog of Age." We only encounter different feelings about their stories in the novel. What the soldiers saw and heard directly wasn't what I was interested in but rather how we treat or think of those stories decades later.

My two uncles fought in the South Pacific in World War II. But they acted like they'd been on different planets when we heard about their adventures. The novel is about how we remember differently, perhaps, of one very dramatic but short incident in Vietnam. What we think we know and what really happened are most likely different. The results can be devastating.
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Where to find Charles Moore online


Pratt's Trials
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,120. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Marshal Pratt is sent to bring back three escaped convicts--on his own. His territory is about half a planet of desert wasteland. He can do this but he'll need some luck and some help.
Proximal Tauri
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,600. Language: American English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Marshal Rodne is sent to a very un-friendly planet to bring back an escapee. He meets a few assorted aliens and should not be surprised by what or who he encounters. His boss isn't much help. His partner is in trouble. But, Rodne brings his man back --most of the time.
The Honorable Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,300. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Danny Miller, a retired dentist, is murdered for no apparent reason, and the police begin their investigation, Johnny “Clubs” Murdock is hired to observe and report on the progress of the investigation. Without trying he becomes more and more involved until, more by luck than by design, the truth, as clear as any truth can be, comes to light.
The Killing Chamber
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,630. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A young man is found dead in a private art gallery. Who is he? Where did he come from? Who killed him? Johnny “Clubs” Murdock is present at the discovery of the body. Murder could happen any town; in any neighborhood like this one. But, it occurred in Murdock’s corner of the world and without trying, with every passing day, he seems to burrow deeper into the mystery.
The Day Job
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,920. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Politics is always dirty. Sometimes dirtier than other times. And, once in a while politics can get deadly. Franc Donahue gets a case shoved his way. He doesn’t really have much choice. It pays the bills. It stinks but a fellow has got to eat and buy bullets.
The Wrong Time For A Killing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,970. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Private detective Franc Donahue, with a stroke of (bad) luck, is the first person to the scene of a multiple murder. It's not his case,he's not interested, no one has hired him to solve it but events keep dragging him in to it. Set in Madison, a fictional northeast Tennessee town, on the edge of the southern Appalachian Mountains, in the current era.

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