Michael J Moore lives in Seattle, Washington. His books include the bestselling post-apocalyptic novel, After the Change and Highway Twenty. His work has appeared in Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Horrorzine Magazine, Schlock Magazine, Hellbound Book’s “Ghosts, Spirits and Specters”, Minutes Before Six, Siren’s Call and Terror House Magazine, has been adapted for theater and produced in the Seattle area, is used as curriculum at the University of Washington and has received an Honorable Mention in the L.Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. His short stories will also be released by Rainfall Books, Horror Tree – Trembling with Fear, Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine, Transmundane Press and Soteira Press.
What inspires you to write?
Moods. Emotions. Internal experiences. Childhood fears. I try to write in a way that reflects these things in such a way that I can share them with you.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing is such a personal and intimate thing, that it's hard to say where my process differs from others'. I do most of my first draft work in longhand, which I imagine is becoming less frequent these days. I don't work from an outline. I know some authors do, but it has a negative effect on my creativity. I find the story's able to play out more organically and less predictable if I don't plot it too heavily. I think the mood of the story decides the plot. I don't have much control over that. A story finds its way into some strange emptiness inside of me, and begins to stir because it wants out. I just have the privilege of being the messenger.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to my characters but they form in my head as I am writing. Their names are often names of friends and their personalities sometimes reflect people I know. Ordinarily, my thoughts just flow from my and my characters evolve spontaneously.
Who are your favorite authors?
As soon as I learned to read, I tore through the Goosebumps series. Then, in the third grade, I found a box of dusty Stephen King and V.C. Andrew novels in a closet in my Mom's bedroom. I read The Shining in three days when I was eight. I think I chose that one first because I liked the reflective cover. I used to read every Christopher Pike book I could get my hands on. The entire young adult and horror genres have been major influences on me from early on, and they're what I still prefer to read. Mixing them in my own writing comes so natural that I tend to do it without meaning to sometimes.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It has always been my dream to publish my book with a publisher rather than self-publish. The interaction and support of a good publisher is priceless.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's exciting days. Now, with the advent of indie publishing and indie publishing awards, book publishing is available to all. It has its good and bad points. I just support writers of all kinds.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Horror, Thriller
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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