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Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very happy to welcome author E.S Moore to our sites today!
E.S (a.k.a Eric) wanted to be a writer from childhood. His first book, “To Walk the Night”, the first in the KAT REDDING series, was released by Kensington in January 2012. The second book “Tainted Night, Tainted Blood”, will be released tomorrow, 7/3/12, and we’re here today to help him promote and celebrate.
E.S is also a reader and a video gamer. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife, son, and an army of cats.
For those of you not yet familiar with the KAT REDDING series, we thought we’d give you the synopses of the books to get you up to speed.
“To Walk the Night”, Book #1:
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…
Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.
Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
“Tainted Night, Tainted Blood”, Book #2:
In the darkness, it’s easy to lose your way…
Kat Redding is a vampire with a job to do—wiping out the vamps and werewolves who prey on Pureblood humans. Someone has to do it…as long as that someone is her. But suddenly Kat, also known as Lady Death, has competition, and it’s causing problems. Vampire houses and werewolf clans alike are blaming her for a spate of gruesome murders, and Kat needs to figure out who’s really responsible before she becomes the next target…
On the hunt, she forms an uneasy alliance with both the Luna Cult and a powerful rogue werewolf. But the truths Kat’s uncovering—about her enemies and her few remaining confidantes—are far from comforting. And when the chance comes to leave her life of vengeance behind, Kat must decide whether her real motive lies in protecting the innocent, or sating her own fierce hungers…
They sound fabulous right!? Make sure to add them to your TBR. For now though, how about we get to the interview to learn a bit more about E.S and his fabulous new series, shall we!?
CONTEST: Eric is offering up a signed copy of “Tainted Night, Tainted Blood” to a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION.
To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget for E.S’s Event on our Author’s Corner page 7/1 - 7/5, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi E.S! We’re very happy to have you here today. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.
E.S: No problem! I’m thrilled you wanted me.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We always start by getting to know our guest author a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself – no matter how random - that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
E.S: I am a cat person. I’ve been around them all my life and plan on having them around for as long as I can. Dogs just aren’t the same.
At one time, I wanted to do something—anything—in space. I’m still fascinated by the stars and what could be out there. I don’t talk about it, don’t even write about it much (yet) but I definitely wonder and hope that someday I will be rewarded for keeping my eyes to the sky.
Despite what you read in the books, I actually never swear or curse. People were shocked when they read swear words in the books because they never actually have heard me say anything more foul than “poopy stinks.”
Q2): What are 2 things that always make you smile, and 2 things that never fail to piss you off?
E.S: I could go sappy and mention family and whatnot, but I think I’ll challenge myself instead…
2 things that always make me smile? (Why is this one so hard? I think I need to smile more.)
1. Okay, fine. I’ll cheat despite what I said above. Getting together with friends is definitely one, because, quite frankly, I don’t do it enough. Lately, I only see my friends when there is a fantasy football draft. It’s my fault because I spend most of my time at home and we live far enough away it isn’t a simple, jump in the car and go, to visit.
2. Nature. Being able to sit outside and just watch a squirrel search for food or to watch the sway of the trees or the ripples of water. Once again, I rarely get to experience it because of where I live and how rarely I leave the house, but it is one of those things that causes me to relax and, for a little while anyway, I can forget my troubles.
2 things that always anger me? (See?! I don’t even want to type it here!)
1. Lying. I don’t care why you did it. Don’t lie to me. The same goes for keeping promises and being on time. If you tell me you’ll be here by 3, you better well show up by 3.
2. People who hate for no reason other than to be a prejudiced jerk. I don’t care if you think you’re right because of your religion or your culture or whatever. There is no reason to hate someone just because they are different than you. Get over it or get out.
Q3): If you could have a superpower, what would you want it to be and why?
E.S: I think I’d like to be able to hear other people’s thoughts, no matter how unflattering toward me they might be. You can learn a lot about a person through their thoughts. For one, it would help me craft more believable people. How in the world would I know what a woman really thinks under certain circumstances? If I were to ask, I’d probably get slapped and there is no guarantee I’ll get the truth. It would be so much easier to be able to root around in their heads—ignoring the whole invasion of privacy thing. I always want to know what people think. I think it is inherent to my craft and it definitely would make my life a whole lot easier!
Q4): What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
E.S: I read a lot, which is a given, but when I want to get away from everything word related, I tend to plant myself in front of my computer and log into an MMO or delve into a RPG such as Skyrim. Right now, I’m on an EverQuest 2 kick and loving every minute of it.
Q5): Who were some of the authors or titles that inspired you and perhaps helped to mold you into the writer you are today?
E.S: Stephen King is the big one. Without him, I don’t think I’d ever have gotten into reading as much as I did. H.P. Lovecraft got my brain working again after a long time of not reading or writing anything. And then Jim Butcher kicked it into high gear and turned me toward urban fantasy when I would have kept trying to write both horror and epic fantasy instead. Outside of that, Kathy Reichs, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, and Brian Lumley have all been influential in my writing. Every time I pick up one of their books, it always gets the wheels spinning.
Q6): What are some of your favorite TV Shows and Movies?
E.S: Sadly, my favorite TV shows tend to get cancelled! Firefly, the three Stargate shows, John Doe, Tru Calling, Caprica, and Battlestar Galactica are a few no longer on the air (though some of those weren’t cancelled; they just ended.) On air, I enjoy Dexter, Game of Thrones, Destination Truth, The Walking Dead, Castle, Fringe, and American Horror Story. As for movies, I don’t really watch very many anymore. The big one these days is Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog…if that counts as a movie.
Q7): What are your favorite types of scenes to write (i.e dialogue, action, sex, etc) and why?
E.S: Depends on my mood. Sometimes I really enjoy dialogue, especially if there is some sort of banter going on between the characters or perhaps a big reveal. And even though they aren’t common in the Kat Redding series, I love to write scary, atmospheric scenes where I can let my inner horror lover out to play. Hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to share those sorts of stories with the world!
Q8): What is a typical writing day like for you - Do you have a routine that you follow? Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing, etc? Do you have any unique writing quirks? Etc.
E.S: I typically follow a routine. I get up, get showered and ready for the day, have breakfast, then after a quick trip around the web, I get to work. During my writing session, I usually drink 2 cups of hazelnut coffee with hazelnut creamer, followed by an IBC root beer. I’m usually done before I finish the bottle. Every now and again I can work evenings, but it is very rare because I struggle to focus thanks to the urge to log into one of the games or crack open a book, which is usually my normal evening activity.
Q9): What are the best and worst parts of writing for you?
E.S: The best part of writing has to be the crafting of an idea into something bigger. I love trying to create something that is slightly different or combines multiple things into one cohesive story. It doesn’t always work, and I don’t get to do it all the time, but I really enjoy it.
The worst is probably those times when the writing fails. I’ve had multiple false starts to books where I’d get a few thousand words in and realize I’m just going through the motions and have hated every moment of it. Sometimes I can be extremely excited about something and by the time I get two chapters in, I have no desire to ever see the story again.
Q10): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the KAT REDDING series?
E.S: Not really. It was one of those things where the idea popped into my head and I went with it. I actually fought with myself whether or not to even work on it because I really didn’t want to work on a vampire series. It has drawn comparisons to Underworld a bit, which is funny since I never liked the Underworld movies. All I really wanted to do at the time of writing was to come up with a story that was far different than what I might normally write because I had another series I’d been working on and I really didn’t want the two main characters to sound the same.
Q11): How many books do you have planned for the series?
E.S: I don’t have a firm number. If I was given the freedom to end it when I want, I might go as many as nine. Any more than that and I’d feel like I was just milking it. I don’t want the story and characters to grow stale. If asked to get it done in as few books as possible, I might be able to squeeze it down to six without cutting any currently running storylines, but seven would be ideal so I wouldn’t have to sacrifice much.
Q12): What were some of the challenges in bringing the KAT REDDING series to life?
E.S: Getting past my own prejudices against it. Because it is so far different from what I usually write and read, I sometimes struggle with it. A little voice in the back of my head kept saying I was selling out writing a vampire book, but really, at the time, it was the story I wanted to write and I did. I won’t apologize for that. I do what I want to do, even if everyone else (or no one else) is doing it. I hope to always have that freedom.
Q13): What about the books are you the most proud of so far?
E.S: Simply that they exist. I know some people won’t like them, and that’s okay. They aren’t for everyone. I gave up on pursuing a writing career years ago, before ever trying, because it always seemed like an impossible goal. When I finally decided to give it a try again, I still didn’t think it would happen. I hoped for the best, but expected the worst. I’ll keep plugging along, for as long as anyone lets me. I’m just proud that I’ve done something that a few people have found some sort of escape and enjoyment in.
Q14): What’s next for E.S Moore? What do you have going on in the immediate future that your readers and fans should know about?
E.S: Book 3 in the Kat Redding series, BLESSED BY A DEMON’S MARK is due out in January 2013. Between now and then, I’m hopefully going to be hitting up a few Ohio book fairs, so if you are in the area, pop on by. Other than that, I’ve recently turned in a new series idea to my agent and hopefully it will get picked up. It’s an entirely new world with a new set of rules and I’m extremely excited about it.
Q15): Is there anything special that you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
E.S: Just that I am thankful for the opportunity to live out my dream. I appreciate every single person who picks up one of my books, whether they like it or not. It is because of you that I can continue to do what I’ve always wanted to do.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Thank you so much again for being with us today. We’re very happy to help you promote the release of “Tainted Night, Tainted Blood” and the entire KAT REDDING series. We really hope we turn some new readers on to your work & we’d LOVE to have you back for your next big release if you’re interested.
E.S: Thank you! I’d love to return!
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