Erin Moore lives in central Kentucky with her husband and two children. Erin’s other two novels Flame and All I Ever Wanted are now available.
Interview Erin Moore
Kay Layton Sisk
- This is your first book for Wings. Is it also the first book you wrote?
I am previously published with another publisher. My first novel is titled The Game. All I Ever Wanted is my first published title with Wings. I have a second novel Flame, coming out in November 2004.
- Why this genre?
When I began reading as a little girl I always loved the happily ever after stories, and then you grow up and realize that life isn't always so great. So when I started writing I realized that with romance, any form of romance, you can give your readers a sense of the happily ever after, no matter how much of the heartache, the mystery, suspense or whatever else you put in the novel. In the end, in a romance the man and woman will end up together, a happy ever after of sorts.
- The heroine's name, Toadvine, is unusual for my part of the country. What is its derivation?
The name migration is this: France-Guersney-MD-KY, all I know is that I'm in KY now, so... The reason I used the name is that it is a name that I've heard pretty much all my life, and it was an unusual name that I didn't think my readers would know, so... I'm only now beginning to realize how many people actually pay attention to the names and how important names are to the books.
- Writers tend to be readers as well. Do you read exclusively in the genre you write?
When I have time to read I like to read many different kinds of novels, if I read romance it is mostly historical and suspense.
- Which author's books do you consider a comfort read?
I still read all my favorite authors that I got started reading, but there are many new authors that I now consider friends that I have added to my collection of books.
- Which author's books do you eagerly await--and would buy in hardcover?
I don't buy in hardcover simply because I'm so busy writing that by the time I get around to reading it's already out in paperback. Besides I don't read enough to care if it's in hardcover or paperback.
- What project are you working on now?
I have two novels that I am editing and currently looking for an agent for, and I have a novel that I've started working on. I also constantly promote my novels that are published.
- How long did it take you to write All I Ever Wanted? If you were to write it today, how would it be different?
I take about a year, give or take to write all my novels. All I Ever Wanted was written a few years ago, and my writing has definitely evolved along the way, so if I was writing it today, it would be more mainstream, it would be longer and have more suspense and action.
- What does your family think of your being a published writer?
I have a very supportive family and I wouldn't be where I am today without them. Especially my husband, who encourages that I stay home and pursue my writing. He and my mother are my biggest fans.
- To whom did you dedicate All I Ever Wanted, and why?
I dedicated this book to: My husband Chris, my mother Mary, my mother-in-law Pat, and my best friend Sandy. Everyone of these people had a hand in getting me where I am today. Also my children, Tyler and Allyson, because for them everything is possible.
Interview Erin Moore
1) Do you have the title before you have the story or the other way around?
The title comes to me as I write the book. Something in the book it grabs me and I know that that’s what the title should be. Sometimes I will change the title two or three times before it’s right though.
2) Since this isn’t your first book, I must assume that you have been writing for a while. How many books do you have out and how long have you been at it?
Flame is my third published title. I have six total books completed, all looking for homes right now. I’ve been writing now for about eight or nine years, but the first five was just a hobby.
3) What is your favorite genre to write in?
Definitely romance. It doesn’t matter if it’s contemporary, suspense or mainstream (where I’ve been heading lately) there is always a romance in my books.
4) Where do you do your best work, at the computer or curled up in your favorite easy chair?
Usually I’m curled up in the corner of my couch. I have my own little spot. The ideas seem to flow freely there. The serious work happens at the computer.
5) Is your family supportive of your work?
Absolutely. I have a wonderful family that supports my writing and me.
6) Do you like to write in complete silence or to the beat of your favorite CD?
I can’t write to music, I tend to sing and lose my concentration. I’m one of those people who hears a beat and have to dance. So when I write usually I have a fan going for background music. Even in the winter.
7) Is writing your full time passion or do you, like me, have to work outside of your favorite pastime?
I’m lucky to be able to write full time, my husband supports what I do to the point that he’ll work extra hours and days if needed so I can stay home and write. I’m very fortunate.
8) If you and your hero were stranded on a deserted island, would you have to slap him or seduce him?
I’ve had both kinds of hero’s in my books (a little variety.) But for myself, I’d have to have the one that I’d slap. I need someone that I can butt heads with every once and a while, of course he wouldn’t object to my seducing him either. (What man would?)
9) What would your dream vacation consist of?
A deserted island and my husband for a week.
10) If you could be any heroine in history, who would you be?
This was a difficult question and it made me think. I would love to say that I would want to be Joan of Arc, she stood up for what she believed in and did what was right, but then I look at Cleopatra and say, hmm. Which would I chose? I know, it’s a bit of a stretch. But both were smart and educated. But one was seeing visions and one was queen. Of course Joan won her war and Cleopatra lost hers. So, again it’s a question that I’m still going hmm over…
11) What is your idea of a perfect romantic evening?
Having someone over to watch the kids (or the kids staying over somewhere) so my husband and I can go out to dinner (or stay in) for a few hours by ourselves (or for the night). (I’m a married mom, I’m simple)
12) Just for fun, what is your favorite food?
Chocolate! Anything chocolate.