Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Author Interview: Coral Moore

Coral Moore has written Broods Of Fenrir.

1. What is your name and where do you call home?
Hi! I’m Coral Moore and I live in Connecticut in the US.

2. Do you have a pen name?
Nope, at the moment I only write under my own name.

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
Broods of Fenrir. Wow, twenty words isn’t much! Let’s see what I can come up with.
Brand rejects the feral nature of his people. He must choose between helping them and abandoning them to their brutality.
Phew. That was tough. Came in under Twitter length too, do I get bonus points for that?!

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I have another book already written that I just sent to my editor. That one I plan to release in the spring of next year. Elements of Rebellion is a more traditional fantasy with magic, swords, and no werewolves.
Obviously my second release won’t be a sequel to Broods, but I do have one of those in the works as well. It’s early in the process right now and I’m still working through some issues. Look for that one hopefully at the end of next year.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing as a hobby since high school. I love making up stories. I decided two years ago that I would try to pursue it as a career and see what happened. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I’ve met a wealth of amazing people during the process.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
I do. I just finished a LibraryThing giveaway where I gave away 100 eBooks. I’m doing a giveaway at Goodreads right now for 5 paperbacks. I’m planning to do a big giveaway at the end of this tour with some really special prizes. That one will be run through my blog and details will go up in the middle of January.

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
I take no credit at all for my wonderful cover. The extremely talented Amanda Kelsey from Razzle Dazzle Design did all of the work with only token help from me. Basically I gave her a brief description of Brand and a few very tentative ideas. She took that and returned a cover lovelier than I ever imagined.

8. Which is your favourite cover of all the books you have written?
So far I only have one book, Broods of Fenrir.

9. Is there anything you would change about your book covers?
No, I love my book cover.

10. Would you have different book covers for different countries?
I haven’t really thought about that. I suppose at some point it might be necessary. If it seems like a good idea, I don’t see why not.

11. How did you come up with the title for your book?
I was doing research for another story. While reading a Wikipedia page on Norse mythology I came across the phrase broods of Fenrir used as a reference for Fenrir’s two offspring, Sköll and Hati. They are two wolves prophesized to swallow the sun and moon. I loved the sound of words together, something about the r’s and long o’s. I was hooked right there.

12. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?
Now that I’m writing the second book there is an issue that has come up where I wish I had handled something differently in Broods. I can’t really specify much more than that because the event I’m talking about is rather close to the end.

13. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?
I don’t have one… yet! I do want to make one, but I haven’t figured out what sort of images I want to use. I’ve seen quite a few and I do like them. I think they give a different sort of feeling for the book, especially paired with great music.

14. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I prefer eBooks and audiobooks. I like the convenience of them. I can carry 500 books around with me and read whichever one I want at the time.

15. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
I am! I’m just not the kind of person that can go through the endless waiting involved in the submission cycle. I found out about self-publishing about a year ago and never looked back.

16. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
Oh, there are lots of books I’ve read more than once. Recently I reread Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson for the second time. It’s one of my favorites. I must have read The Dark Tower by Stephen King ten times. I love that book.

17. Have you ever bought a specific edition of a book because of it’s cover? (For example a UK, US or Canadian version)
I have not, though the idea intrigues me.

18. Have you ever read a book just based on it’s cover?
Yes, there are quite a few books I've bought solely based on the cover. I recently read The Breaker’s Concubine by Ann Mayburn because of the cover alone. (Warning for those wanting to look it up, it’s pretty racy.)

19. Has the quality of the cover of a book ever put you off of reading it?
Yes, unfortunately I do judge books by their covers, rather harshly. It’s what I base my first impression on. If I don’t like the cover why would I think I’d like the book?

20. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
I’m reading a few of different books right now. I’m almost always reading more than one a time. Last Night at the Lobster by Steward O’Nan is for a class I’m taking. It’s okay, but not usually the kind of book I read. Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter is what I’m reading for myself. That one I’m really enjoying so far. Those are both Kindle books. The Many Colored Land by Julian May is an audiobook I’m listening to on my walks. I love the story so far. I can’t recommend it highly enough for sci-fi fans.

21. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
The best advice I have is don’t give up. Whether you’re going the traditional route or self-publishing you need a huge amount of tenacity. It’s hard work being a writer and often frustrating.
The best advice I ever read was not to delete anything forever. If there’s a line or a paragraph you want to remove from your book, copy it out into a spare parts file. You never know when you can reuse an idea or a phrase. Sometimes weeks after I delete something I realize it would fit much better in the scene I’m currently writing and resurrect it. That’s much easier if you have it saved somewhere.

22. Where can your readers follow you?

I love talking to readers, so please don’t be shy! I’m most active on my blog, Goodreads and Twitter.

Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog Rachel. That was a great interview with some tough questions.