Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Meet The Author... Desi Moon

Hello Ella! Thank you for inviting me over for a visit!

Thanks for joining us. We're thrilled to have you here today.

Hi Readers! My name is Desi Moon- I am a writer, dog trainer (Almost all of my stories have at least one dog mentioned) and a Project Runway junkie.
I am living the fractured fairy tale with my wonderful husband Eben, who is a board game designer and a writer as well (Helps to have another creative neurotic in the house)
My family includes two great kids who keep me on my toes (mentally and physically) three entitled cats, and one issue plagued but none the less loveable.
When did you know you were a writer?
For as long as I can remember! I was the freak in fifth grade who asked for the extra credit assignments. The “punishment” was to get a photocopy of a piece of famous artwork and write a short story about it. I loved creating worlds out of Renoir, Monet, my favorite is still Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’.
Was it always your destiny or did you stumble upon your craft by accident?
Both! In high school I entered writing contests and indulged in my “hobby”. My parents never encouraged my writing instead steering me toward a more stable profession. It wasn’t until my husband said, “Just do it! What is the worst that can happen?” that I turned my “hobby” into a job.
What is your favorite genre to write and why?
Oh—UM, well love is love whether it is m/f, m/m, f/f. I merely take dictation from my characters. I tried to write erotica a couple times but it just wasn’t happening, so I am forever branded as a “sweet” romance author.
Is there a particular genre you haven't tried but what like to?
The beauty of the romance genre is all the sub genres. I have written contemporary romance, romantic mystery and even tried my hand at a time traveling sci-fi (That was interesting seeing as I don’t read sci-fi, but like I said, I merely take dictation from the voices in my head.)
How many hours a day do you devote to writing?
I strive for at least four hours in the afternoon, if I can get more in all the better
Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
Oh I have to stick to routine, it is not pretty if I wait for the mood to strike

Is there a certain aspect of the story you begin with?
I start at the beginning and work through to the end, I often have to double back when my characters throw little surprises at me, but it is too confusing for me to jump around in a story.
Do you create the characters first or do you come up with the plot?
Characters first, ALWAYS! They are the ones who come to me and start whispering in my ear, telling me their story.
Tell us about the most intriguing character you've created.
Oh- gosh- they all have their own special qualities. Some of them are based on me, some of them based on people in my life. The one that is pure fabrication (Sorry, hun but it is true) is Aunt Genie from Summerland. She is a no nonsense, loveable, nosy, sweet, bossy aunt that anybody would love to have in their life. And she rocks a turban like no one’s business!
What did you do when you found out your first book had been contracted?
Once the shock wore off and I stopped questioning whether the acquisitions editor got my manuscript confused with someone else’s??? I began to call myself a writer.
Has there been a person or influence in your life that has helped you reach your writing goals?
My husband is my biggest fan and loudest cheerleader. He understands my withdrawn state at the dinner table while I write passages in my head, and brings me a glass of Bailey’s over ice when I have writer’s block.
Do you have any words of inspiration to aspiring authors?
Stay true to yourself, don’t ever compromise for the sake of publication.
What advice would you offer a writer trying to publish?
Don’t give up! All bestselling authors have all felt the sting of rejection at the beginning.

Accidental Intent will be available March 17th through Rebel Ink Press.
It is my first foray into the romantic mystery world.
The most exciting thing to happen to Lucy recently is the new flavor of coffee at the Howling Moon Cafe, but when her best friend stumbles upon a dead body, a new coffee is the least of Lucy’s concerns.
The seemingly quiet life that Lucy has grown to love unravels the moment her on again/off again lover begins to imagine a relationship that doesn’t exist. It grows even more complicated when she meets Nicolai Petrovski, a handsome detective who makes her blood boil, her knees weak, and her fingers itch to grab a fistful of jet-black hair.
When Lucy finds her name on the killer’s short list of victims, her first concern is for her furry four- legged family. Her second is for the closely guarded secret hidden in the back of her closet.

Between conference calls and coffee dates with her best friends, Lucy wades through the complicated world of love, honor, betrayal and the allure of a very hot man. But is there enough coffee to keep her one step ahead of the killer and as far away from Nicolai as she can get?

Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
I am working on another contemporary romantic comedy tentatively titled Countdown, but it has been renamed several times.
Where can readers connect with you?
I lurk everywhere!!!!!
Twitter: @DBMoonbook
You Tube Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/user/DBMoonbook?feature=guide
Just to name a few J

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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