M.J. Moores, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

When time is your enemy and the truth will only get you killed, who’s left to trust as the world threatens to crumble around you?

Embarking as a guide into the death zones that are the Deserts, Taya leads a group of civilians who blindly follow a prophet obsessed with preventing the planet Xannia from environmental self-destruction. Here, fate and destiny wage war propelling an epic search for truth amidst 2000 year old lies, in opposition to a government bent on burying ancient secrets and anyone who goes looking for them.

As Taya desperately attempts to keep the prophet and his followers alive, this journey forces her to grapple with the circumstances of her past which have aligned to hurdle her into her darkest memories; making choices she never wanted to consider; learning truths she was never meant to know.Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author M.J. Moores whose book Time’s Tempst thrilled and entertained me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love fantasy but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for M.J. Moores, a biography of the author and an interview between me and M.J. Moores will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful M.J. Moores!

Since the dawning of time (or at least since the time of her birth) stories have cradled, and enveloped MJ in a world of possibility. She lived every free second at the local library, devouring picture books, chapter books, reference books, novels and more. In high school she took Drama classes, not just because they were fun but to help her become better in-tune with her characters’ wants and desires.

After becoming an In-School Writer for the local newspaper, MJ went on to try her hand at Broadcasting Journalism before majoring in Theatre Production and minoring in Creative Writing at York University in Toronto, Ontario graduating with an BFA & BEd. Since then, her love of adventure has blossomed into a passion for Speculative Fiction writing and a self-published SFF Series, The Chronicles of Xannia. As an educator of 10 years, MJ continues to share her knowledge by giving writing workshops, writing & publicity advice on her emerging authors website Infinite Pathways, and freelance editing as she works toward a personal goal of publishing 2+ books/year. She is an author dedicated to her craft, and a person compelled to help others as they make their way through the quagmire that is writing professionally.

MJ is acquisitions editor for DAOwen Publications’ romance imprint Love Knot Books and an in-house proofreader. In addition to her novels, her essay The Believability Factor can be found in the writers’ guide The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer, and her short stories in Unbound II: Changed Worlds, The Human Condition Anthology, Brave New Girls III: Tales of Heroines who Hack, and the soon to be released Nefarium Anthology.

MJ is a member of the RWA, TRW, and Chair of the Writers’ Community of York Region.

Now, how wonderful does M.J. Moores sound?! M.J. Moores is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of M.J. Moores’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and M.J. Moores, I hope that you enjoy M.J. Moores answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

At it’s core, Time’s Tempest is about a young woman struggling to find her place in society. She’s at that juncture where she’s done so much, seen so much, and learned so much that she feels like she knows everything – of course, she doesn’t. She’s forced to make a choice, something she’s been doing since her parents abandoned her as a child, but this time she’s catapulted into the unknown where she’s forced to face her fears as well as several truths she was never meant to know.

The main action of the book revolves around the planet Xannia facing an environmental crisis. Half the planet believes the government is handling things, and the other half believe its up to them to make a change. Taya sides with the government and Dezmind, a government dissenter, sides with the people. Still, Taya is the only one capable of bringing Dezmind and his followers into the forbidden Deserts and back out again, alive, as they search for 2000-year-old chronicles that are somehow supposed to save them from their future.

The idea for the story came to me many, many years ago when I was in college. My then boyfriend (now husband) sat with me in my grandmother’s basement new years eve, 1999. Y2K was upon us. He’d been unusually quiet all evening. When I asked what was wrong, he told me how worried he was about the world falling apart at midnight. I was astounded. I knew everything would be all right (I was in journalism and understood the hype – or at least, that’s what I believed) and that the governments around the world would have everything under control. Then, during the countdown at midnight, I silently wondered, “What if I’m wrong?”

The story practically wrote itself after that!

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Just write. Well, write and learn writers’ craft – but that goes hand-in-hand in my mind. Don’t expect to make a living writing bestselling novels, that really is a pipe-dream. Just write what you love, get better and better at writing as you go (no one is ever done learning). And then, if you want to, sell your book to those people who want to read what you like to write. The moment you start to write for someone else or try to conform to a certain formula for bestsellers, the heart tends to bleed out of your work and the fun stops. Keep having fun. Oh, and build up a tolerance for feedback. Even a bad critique can reveal something new about how to tweak your story if you only keep an open mind.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

Having a reader make a connection: either with the characters, the plot/situation, theme, whatever. If I’ve done my job as a writer, readers will be open to making that connection and going on an adventure with me.

What is your writing process like?

It has evolved a lot over the years – lol! Currently, I tend to get the nugget of an idea when I dream. I write it down and then I let it steep in the back of my mind. I play with it when I least expect to (like walking to the bus stop to pick up my son after school) and tinker with different possibilities until I can no longer keep all my ideas in my head and I have to get them down on paper. Then, I free write – just spew it out there.

Then, I plan.

Yep, I’m a planner. I always know how my story starts and how it ends. If I don’t know the ending, I’m not ready to write. For me, if I don’t at least know my destination, I can’t maneuver through the fog between point A and point B. So, I plot out my major scenes (the ones I’d been building in my mind) and then, I start typing. Here, I used to compile draft 1 by hand, in a notebook, but to speed up the process I now type the first draft. During the drafting phase, I take scenes and chapters into my 2 critique groups and get an Alpha response (the first, raw look at my writing). Once I manage to slap a The End after my last word, I put the book away for a couple of weeks (or more if I can). I need to distance myself from everything in order to look objectively at how to improve, well, everything for my next draft. From there, I ask usually 3 Beta readers for their feedback. I like to have an editor, a writer, and a reader go over it. Then, I take their suggestions and work them into a 3rd draft which I send to my editor.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For me, research tends to come in fits and spurts. With Time’s Tempest, I was studying astronomy and knew Star Trek’s TNG (The Next Generation) by heart, so I had a good grounding for building my world. As I write, I’ll question what I think I know and then do a search online to verify or expand my knowledge. In other instances, I’m lucky enough to have friends who’ve studied chemistry, physics, and sociology and I tap into that knowledge base whenever I can. I have gone online, recently actually, and taught myself the basics of interstellar theory and how dark matter could potentially be harnessed for space travel. I spent an entire day immersing myself in articles and post doctoral thesis’ just to be able to bring the realm of plausibility to my work. In fact, all of the “advanced” tech in my books is plausible within the next 50 years, if not already.

This is sci-fi, right? I better know what I’m talking about – lol!

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

LOL! If I waited until I felt “inspired” I’d never get anything done. There’s always another client I need to do an edit for, a workshop to hold, a conference to attend, a sick child to nurse back to health, and a great book to read 😉. I tend to be the most productive when I have a set 2hr limit of time in which to write – like when my son and his dad go to Karate 4 times a week. Occasionally, when the bug bites hard, I’ll forego TV time with hubby at night and keep writing. I seem to tap into my creativity better in the afternoons/evenings.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I read constantly. I’m an editor for DAOwen Publications and I do some freelance work, too. So, I’m always reading new manuscripts. However, I wish I had more time to work on my TBR (to be read) pile. I love reading books by Maria V. Snyder, Sarah J. Maas, Kristen Britain, Cassandra Clare, and Cinda Williams-Chima – to name a few.

I notice your favorite authors mostly write fantasy but your books are science fiction. Do you read sci-fi?

Ah, yes. Some – lol! I enjoy watching sci-fi more than reading it. I especially like Charles Stross’s Family Trade series and Erik Van Lustbader’s Ring of Five Dragon’s trilogy. These are also sci-fi/fantasy crossovers.

The Chronicles of Xannia happened to be sci-fi mainly because my boyfriend liked sci-fi and he inspired the story. It only made sense to follow through with writing a sci-fi/fantasy (a mix of both our likes). Ultimately, I love a good adventure but, yes, I do tend to favor fantasy as a reader.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you? 

I usually publish, minimum, one book a year. This year, book 4 in the Chronicles of Xannia (Forgotten Fallacy) will be coming out around August/September. I also have my first new adult romantic suspense launching this winter (Final Year), and two short stories in two different anthologies – Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroine’s who Hack (Twisted Brick – YA Fantasy) & Nefarium (Proprietary Measures – Adult Historical Crime Fiction). I am also currently scouting for an agent to represent my New Adult Urban Fantasy, The Hollow Kiss. So, I’m not going anywhere anytime soon 😉.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with M.J. Moores! If you have liked what you have read about M.J. Moores and are interested in learning more about M.J. Moores and reading M.J. Moores’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Time’s Tempest: Review by Aimee Ann – Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads – Smashwords – Amazon Author Page – Barnes & Noble

M.J. Moores: Website – Facebook – Twitter – Goodreads Author Page – Google Plus – Amazon Author Page

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Thanks so much, Aimee Ann <3
I had a blast working with you on the interview and sharing some insights into my writing and reading habits. I'm always open to chatting with reader and writers about book and writing, so I hope your followers will feel at easy with contacting me should they have any questions.

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