Sunday, January 16, 2011
Author Interview: Marsha A. Moore, Author of "Tears An A Tranquil Lake"
Hi Marsha! Thank you so much for taking some time to answer a few questions! It is an honour and a pleasure to have you here at Naughty Nights Press.
Hi Gina! Thanks lots for asking to interview me for your readers. It’s great to be here!
Well then lets get to it shall we! I can't wait to share all the intimate details you have for us!
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself? What a typical day is like for you? Favorite foods, favorite color, anything that you would like to share with us.
A typical day for me is getting up around 8 AM, reading mail and keeping up with my networking/promotional work.
Then I exercise. I love yoga and do routines in classes or at home five days a week. The other days I’m out bicycling or kayaking. I recently purchased a used kayak—my favorite new toy! We live on a large saltwater lagoon and taking it out for an hour or more is a treat. I always exercise as part of my daily routine and have for at least a decade.
After that, my afternoon is all about household chores and editing. I’m a night owl and do most of my focused writing after dinner, usually staying up until 2 AM.
My favorite color is turquoise and fav food, potatoes—I’m a good Irish gal!
One of my more interesting hobbies is watercolor painting. I’m creating a couple illustrations of scenes from Tears on a Tranquil Lake. These will be converted into digital images and used on promotional items and contest giveaways. I’ll post that artwork on my website once I have them converted into digital copies.
2. What was your goal for yourself as a writer when you started? Did you meet or surpass it or did it change for you along the way?
I didn’t aim to be a fiction author from early on. My path transformed to this end. Growing up I enjoyed reading and for that reason followed an English minor college program, actually just for fun along with a Biology major. Taking lit courses and writing essays for fun--strange, but true! Years later, I worked as a rock music reviewer for several years and from some of those experiences I tinkered with fiction. Initially, I wrote fiction based on the world of rock music. That’s very sexual, so the erotic elements came naturally. Through a lucky happenstance, a man who worked for a major book publishing house read my first attempts at fiction, posted on a music forum. He repeatedly encouraged me to submit my creative writing. Over time, I came to believe him and did. After that, it’s been a waterfall of new and fun experiences.
3. How did you decide to write books in your specific genre? Was there anything that influenced your choice?
My father might be the one to credit with my love of fantasy. He taught education at the university level and had access to preview new children’s literature books. The fantasy ones caught his interest and he brought me armloads. I loved them and him for doing that.
4. What are the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of writing?
The most challenging is to give up time outdoors. Believe me, being new to Tampa from the Midwest, that really is a hardship! As often as possible, I pack up my writing notebook and head to a nearby beach. My most creative ideas come while there and the writing comes fast. Even if I can’t get away to the beach, I create new drafts outside in the backyard on our dock or patio. The brown pelicans have a lot of personality and make great writing companions!
The reward for writing is the totally swept away feeling I get when my thoughts flow easily and I’m travelling on a journey in that fantasy world.
5. Did anyone in your own life inspire your main characters?
During the winter of 2008-9, I moved my mother from NW Ohio to Tampa. It didn’t take much to convince me to stay through the winter to help her get settled before I moved my own household the following summer. My first Florida winter inspired me to write my book Tears on a Tranquil Lake. I enjoy folklore and legend, and sought interesting local tales. When I learned about the annual Tampa Gasparilla Festival I was enthralled and a pirate captain, a mermaid, and a merman became the characters of my book.
6. How did you get the idea for Tears on a Tranquil Lake?
7. What is the most challenging aspect of being an author? What are the most rewarding aspects?
The most challenging is all the email and promotional work that takes away from writing time. It’s not unpleasant, just time consuming.
The most rewarding is when I get a positive comment from a reader. Nothing is better.
8. What are some of your favorite literary works?
I’m a huge J.K.Rowling fan. I admire the complex layering within her Harry Potter series that was designed and carried out to appear so deceptively simple.
In my formal literature studies I spent much time reading classics. The romantic period of literature captivated me. I’ve read the entire Thomas Hardy catalog. I spent years engrossed in reading George Elliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, and Washington Irving. I love how they elevated setting to the level of importance of a main character. Their richly textured settings inspire me enormously. The influences of those works infuse my own writing.
9. Please share with us what can we expect from you next? Will there be a sequel?
Yes, there will be a sequel to Tears on a Tranquil Lake, which I’m finishing up currently and it’s shaping up to be a very fun tale.
I've also completed the first of a five-part fantasy erotic romance series entitled The Enchanted Bookstore, which is in submission.
I just received cover art for my next MuseItHot release, Sea Glass and Sand Memories. That short story will be available June 1st, 2011.
10. Do you have any upcoming appearances? If so where can our readers find you?
Jan. 24 Charlene Wilson's blog
Jan. 28 Delilah Stephans’ blog
Feb. 1 Whipped Cream site interview
Night Owl Reviews debut featured fantasy author
Coffee Time Romance contest
Feb. 2 Keri Stevens’ blog
Whipped Cream author chat
Feb. 3 Cherry Mischievous
Feb. 4 Sandra Sookoo’s Believing is Seeing blog
Feb 6 Australian Romance Readers
11. Can you please share with us how old you were when you wrote your first story?
I was about 14 and did a school project of writing a children’s story and painting accompanying illustrations. The work was simply bound and won honors in an art competition.
12. Besides being a writer, what other types of jobs have you held?
I taught high school biology, anatomy, and ecology for 17 years. I loved my students and miss that part of the job.
Thank you, Marsha. I am very happy you could join us here today. Your participation is greatly appreciated! With all those appearances it is amazing you find any time to write! lol
Thanks again for asking me to be here. It’s been fun!
Blurb for Tears on a Tranquil Lake:
What a surprise for a young woman, to find herself suddenly transformed into a mermaid.
Ciel’s first thought – track down the merman who changed her and make him reverse his magic. Unable to find him, survival in her new world becomes paramount. She eagerly accepts help from a dashing pirate captain who takes a fancy to her, lavishing her with finery.
When her merman does show up, he competes for her affection. One look into his eyes makes her life more complex -- he is her soul mate.
Which man will she choose – pirate captain or merman? Which life – human or mermaid? Caribbean adventures and dangers chase Ciel as she searches for decisions and the key to her happiness.
Warning: This book contains Haitian vodou, sultry wenches, foul-mouthed scalliwag pirates, overindulgence of fine Caribbean rum, and amorous encounters on deserted beaches.
You can visit Marsha A. Moore at any of the following links to keep up to date on the release of "Tears On A Tranquil Lake" and her other incredible works:
Purchase link for Tears on a Tranquil Lake: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=124&category_id=2&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
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