E.S. Moore is the author of To Walk the Night, an urban fantasy novel that will be hitting store shelves in January 2012. I invited him to stop by the virtual offices to chat about his book and learn more about this debut author.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[E.S. Moore] Author. Father. Reader. Laid back, gaming geek.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, To Walk the Night?
[E.S. Moore] To Walk the Night is about Kat Redding, a werewolf and vampire slayer who just so happens to be a vampire herself. The vampire Counts call her Lady Death and they know nothing about her other than she keeps killing the lesser Houses and rogues. But after coming home after a kill run, she finds someone in her house and learns a vampire Houses is attempting to merge with a werewolf cult. She must face a vampire whose House is a step above what she’d ever been able to handle before.
The story is dark, bloody, and hopefully exciting!
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the book?
[E.S. Moore] It just hit me one day in the shower (is that where everyone does their best thinking?) I wasn’t even trying to come up with a book idea. A scene flashed through my head, something I tried to blow off because I didn’t really want to write a vampire book, but it wouldn’t get out of my head. That night, I tried to sleep, but gave up at around 4 in the morning and plotted the entire novel, which is something I never do. All the characters seemed to fall right into place without thought. I knew who they were, what they wanted. It was like they’d taken up residence in my head and were telling me what to write. Only one character didn’t come out right the first time. He started out as a blind old man and instead turned into a nerdy thirty-something. Otherwise, everyone else was exactly how I imagined them from day 1. I just hope the rest of my novels come together that easily!
[Manga Maniac Café] What have you learned about yourself through your characters?
[E.S. Moore] I’m not real sure, actually. Kat is so different from me, it’s almost like she’s my exact opposite (and we’re not just talking physically here.) Still, there seems to be a little bit of me in every character. The biggest thing that stood out for me was how hard it was to write some of the more colorful language. That’s not me. I never really thought about it until after readers started pointing out how no one seemed to cuss. It was something I had to go back and change since the language was part of who the characters are. And the violence is pretty much opposite of what I believe. I hate guns. Don’t care for motorcycles. So I guess if you take Kat, think her opposite, you get me.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[E.S. Moore] For me, the most challenging aspect of writing ANY book is keeping the Doubt Monster at bay. It always seems to be there, looking over my shoulder, waiting for me to pause so it can leap out. Sometimes it’s hard to ignore it. Writing is such a personal endeavor. Any time you put words to the page with the hope of publishing them, the Doubt Monster will be there. It never really goes away. Thankfully I’ve never let it stop me and I just keep plowing along, safe in the knowledge that if I fail, I’m too stubborn to quit.
[Manga Maniac Café] Why do you think the Urban Fantasy genre is so popular with readers? What do you find appealing about it?
[E.S. Moore] I think part of the reason it is so popular is because there is a big element of the known thrown in with the unknown. It’s life like we know it, but with an exciting twist. It’s fantastic, while grounded in a version of reality we can all relate to. It doesn’t matter if the love interest is a vampire or a werewolf. It doesn’t matter if the main character is a wizard or a witch. They still have normal problems to go with all the crazy stuff that happens because of the supernatural bits that are just another part of their lives. I think a lot of us wouldn’t mind a little magic here or there to spice things up!
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[E.S. Moore] It by Stephen King. Something about that book has stuck with me since I first picked it up and devoured it years ago. I’m sure there were other books, but that’s the book that sticks out most in my mind. Without King, I’m not sure I ever would have started writing, let alone reading as much I have.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[E.S. Moore] Reading, obviously. But I also love gaming with friends, whether it is online MMOs or sitting around playing Scrabble. It’s my stress relief!
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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