Peter Moore is the author of Red Moon Rising, a fun read about a boy who is forced to deal with his inner wulf. I loved this book, and I was overjoyed when Peter agreed to stop by the virtual offices for a visit.
Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[PM]Hm. That’s tricky. Let’s see: Holden Caulfield, Wile E. Coyote, Don Quixote, Benjamin Braddock . . . who else? Oh, wait. You meant characters like letters? Oh. Oops. Looks like I already used up all of my
Can you tell us about your book, Red Moon Rising?
[PM]Being only half-vamp in a high school like Carpathia Night makes you a whole loser. But Danny Gray manages to escape the worst of the specists at his school. Thanks to genetic treatments he had as an infant, most people assume Danny’s other half is human. Which is a good thing.
Ever since the development of synthetic blood – SynHeme – vamps have become society’s elite, while wulves like his father work menial jobs and live in bad neighborhoods. Wulves are less than second class citizens; once a month they become inmates, forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.
For Danny, living with his vamp mother and going to a school with a nearly all-vamp student body, it’s best to pretend his wulf half doesn’t even exist. But lately Danny’s been having some weird symptoms — fantastic night vision; a keener-than-usual sense of smell; and headaches, right around the full moon.
Even though it’s easy to be in denial, it’s hard to ignore evidence. There’s only a month until the next few moon, and Danny’s time is running out.
How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[PM]It came to me out of procrastination. I was working on another book – one for adults – and I was struggling with a difficult part of the story. As often happens when a story is being uncooperative, a writer is looking for just about anything else to do other than attacking the problem. I thought about maybe writing on another book for young adults. The problem was, I didn’t feel like going over the same material I had written about before. Suburban high school. Kid feeling left out. Trying to find himself. And so on. I wondered what would be a good setting to deal with the issues I liked, but in a different way.
What have you learned about yourself through your characters?
[PM]I would say that I’ve learned a bit about the need to be flexible. This comes from trying at times to get them to do what I wanted rather than what might have been more natural for them to do.
I love the world you crafted in Red Moon Rising – I found it interesting and unique. How did you work out all of the background details?
[PM]Coming up with all the details of the world was probably the most fun I’ve had writing. It actually wasn’t hard for me at all. I just thought about what kinds of things would be needed, used, wanted, valuable, dangerous, unpleasant, etc. for the people who lived in the society I had described. All of it just made sense to me. In terms of vocabulary, that was also a lot of fun, but a bit of work. Just about all of the words I created were built from various roots, often in Latin or Greek. Given that I speak neither, it took a bit of research to pull it together.
Can you share a little about your next project? Will we get to spend more time with Danny Gray??
[PM]I can’t say for certain what the next project will be. I’m on the verge of setting another book up with Hyperion. It’s not the same universe as Red Moon Rising, but it’s got a similar voice and feel to it. I would say that anyone who likes RMR will definitely like this new one.
As for more time with Danny and crew, I would love to continue the story. I do have clear ideas of what happens next. Whether I go ahead and write it will probably have a lot to do with how Red Moon Rising is received. If people like it and ask for more, and if Hyperion is game for another round or two, I’m most definitely up for it.
If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?
[PM]In all honesty, I’ve been reading ever since I can remember. We can go back to Dr. Seuss, but I guess what got me into reading novels was probably my first experiences with science fiction, Tolkien, and that sort of thing. The Catcher in the Rye was, of course, a major influence.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[PM]I like to spend time with my wife and kids. I teach, which is challenging and fun. I’m a long-time movie fanatic. And I love to read. But the (sad?) truth is, I often feel most fulfilled and alive when I’m writing.
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