Sunday, April 27, 2008
**INTERVIEW WITH KELLY MORAN**
1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? I was very young. I loved reading as a child, still do, but I started writing for school assignments, and realized how much I loved it. 2. What type of books do you enjoy writing? I write mostly romance genre books, but I do have a poetry and short story book out, as well as a childrens, and fictional literature I'm working on. 3. Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer? My family and friends have always been supportive, and through the years I have had several teachers pushing me to pursue it. 4. Have you written any books based on a true life story? No, however, I think every writer gains inspiration from events, or people in their life. 5. Who is your favorite author? I have several; Roberts, Neggers, Graham, Johansen, McCall, Poe, Austen... 6. Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from the imagination? Mostly from my imagination, but yet I always find they share characteristics of people I'm surrounded by. 7. How many books have you written? Currently, I have three published, and three I'm working on. 8. Where can your books be purchased? Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Warners, Borders, Target, Alibris, Powells. 9. Describe how you felt the first time you were published. Elated, to say the least. It was always a dream. 10. Do you have any current work in progress for a new release? No, still writing them. 11. What are some links to your websites where visitors can be invited to read a BIO on you as author, and your writing? www.authorkellymoran.com, I am on Facebook, Myspace, and Goodreads. 12. Do you have goals set for the future in your journey of writing? I'm hoping to get into a larger publishing house, and just maybe people can recognize my name. 13. At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you wanted to be in your writing endeavors? No, I have always set high goals for myself, and I will continue to achieve them. 14. In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of accomplishment? An agent helps-do your research. Find an editor before submitting. Do at least 2 revisions before submitting, and never give up. 15. As an author, have you ever experienced writer's block? A few times, but it never lasted too long. I just work on something else, and come back to it. 16. In your opinion, what advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block? I find reading another book in your genre helps gain ideas, and gives you a break. It never hurts to start a new project, and go back to the old one later. 17. As a child, did you have any favorite books that you enjoyed reading? Oh yes! Charlotte's Web, The Boxcar Children, Dr. Seuss, Where The Red Fern Grows, Amelia Bedilia... 17. As a child, did you enjoy reading a lot? Just about every chance I got. 18. If you had the opportunity for one day to live the life of a famous author, who would it be? Hmm, I'd like to say Jane Austen, but she is deceased. Probably,Stephen King, mostly out of curiosity. 19. Many authors feel a sense of self-satisfaction after publishing a book. Some feel a sense of achievement, can you relate to such feelings? Most definitely. When you work that hard, and it is a process, you can't help but relish that joy. But then...on to the next one. 20. How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing? Now, that has been a challenge. With twins, a part-time healthcare job, doing reviews, and writing...it's been hard. I do a lot of short-hand notes now where-ever I am, and go back to the computer later. 21. How did you feel at your first book-signing, or the first time you signed one of your published books? I felt a bit out of place, actually, like I was doing something wrong. Surreal. 22. If you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your plans in your writing career? If so, how? Not one iota. I would still plug away at it. I may have more time for it. 23. As writers, we begin with a manuscript that becomes published, then we learn the meaning of promotions. In your opinion, what was the most difficult task? Finding creative ways to promote it, without being pushy, or demanding. 24. Some writer's need to listen to soft music to help them write those chapters for a new release, some prefer looking at the ocean, or flowers. Do you have any particular scenery, or object that you wish to focus on when writing? Complete silence. I can't write in noise. 25. If you had books published in one genre such as horror, and became daring to write a novel for a different genre, what would it be? I've written in several genres, So I think I did this. Romantic fiction, suspense, poetry, short stories, and childrens.