Moore grew up in Athens County, Ohio, USA, and has lived most of her adult
life there. Moore met her husband in high
school and they have been together for 14 years. The couple has two beautiful children,
ages four and six, both of whom are autistic. Moore has a wide and varied
educational background, including animal science, Horsemanship, survival and
backpacking, accounting, and business. She has always been fascinated with
folklore, legends, and myths. In addition, Moore has found herself drawn to
animal behavior, particularly human behavior and psychology. Moore's first novel Bartender Tales was released in 2014.
the premise for ‘Bartender Tales’?
husband, Chad, encouraged me to write Bartender
Tales for him. The book was based originally on a dream and then took
on a life of its own. Bartender Tales is
a suspense/thriller novel. The main character, Wesley Lake, applies for a
bartender position at ‘The Last Stop’. The owner of the bar not only hires him
but pretty much gives him the bar itself. Despite the owner's strange behavior,
Wesley takes the job. Anything he needs begins to fall effortlessly into his
lap. However, soon the mysterious deaths associated with the bar become
unavoidable. Wesley soon discovers that for some who enter the bar, it truly is
their last stop. His failed attempts to put a stop to the deaths only lead him
closer to the inconceivable truth, and the impossible decision that he is
forced to make that will impact the rest of his life.
your favorite character?
is a very difficult question. I suppose each character has different
personality traits that I admire on some level. If forced to choose I would go
with either Bishop or Raven as my favorite. I like Bishop because I value his
intelligence, adaptability, and fierce loyalty. I feel the German Shepherd
breed itself is a beautiful, courageous breed worthy of admiration. I like
Raven, because although she is guarded and secretive, she has survived her
brutal past to become strong and observant, with a deep awareness about the
world around her. Raven was also part of the original dream that inspired the
storyline based upon your own experience?
storyline for Bartender Tales was
based upon a dream. The rest was furnished by my twisted overactive
imagination. However, I suppose it is partly based on my own experience. Anyone
who is spent any amount of time at a bar observing people will recognize and
relate to each of the characters. Most of the stories and events that occur in
‘The Last Stop’ are similar to what you would expect from a visit to your own
Who is the
beautiful Shepherd on your book cover?
German Shepherd on the cover of the book is Bishop. Bishop is a stray that
comes out of nowhere to protect Wesley from a belligerent drunk. He soon
becomes Wesley's best friend, companion, and Guardian.
your debut novel. What about the publication process surprised you the
into the publication process, I was aware that it is a business like any other.
So I was somewhat prepared for that aspect. I believe what surprised me the
most was the amount of research and knowledge needed to understand the ins and
outs. Such as the language and terms used in the publication process as
well as format requirements, cover photo design, etc.
your writing process… (aesthetics/environment, as well as other aspects).
when I began writing I pretty much have an entire book stuck in my head from
beginning to end, and I am eager to unleash it with a pen and paper. Prefer it
to be quiet when I write as I’m sure most writers do. I like to be left to my
own devices. Unlike most writers, I handwrite in a notebook. I find it easier
more portable and convenient for my lifestyle. I typically write when my
children are in school. My favorite place to write is in our camper or beneath
a tree. Like the main character in the book, I find comfort and inspiration in
nature. After I have finished a chapter I then transcribed it onto my computer
in a novel format for my editor. I tend to be a pretty logical thinker, so if I
don't fully understand the details of something I'm writing I do a lot of
research to ensure accuracy. I'm sure from an outside point of view some of the
topics that I research would seem quite odd or sadistic, but I like my details
to be as factual as possible.
you currently writing?
recently finished writing Why Monsters
are Afraid of Teddy Bears for my children. My son like most children his
age is afraid of the dark. The book is based on a bedtime story I tell my son.
The photo illustrations were done by my husband. The book is currently
with my editor. I am hoping to know the release date sometime in February or
March of this year. I am currently back to work on the sequel to Bartender Tales. I have had so many of
my fans request a sequel that I felt obligated to oblige. The book is titled Bartender Tales: The Rise of a Reaper and
I'm currently working on chapter 5.
you currently reading?
am currently reading the Harry Potter
series with my son. We encourage daily reading with both of our children.
I feel reading regularly is important, especially for those who write.
your favorite author?
favorite author is Stephen King. As a child by family had a hard time getting
me to read anything. That all changed with the introduction of Stephen King.
Although they thought his work was too advanced for me at the time, they were
just so happy to see me reading that they let me run with it. I like him
because he has an in-depth understanding of human behavior something that
fascinates me. I also find it very frustrating if I am able to figure out
a story before the end. Stephen King always has a surprising twist that keeps
you guessing, and I find it much more thought-provoking.
have advice for novice
for yourself. Write because it is your passion. Write because you have a story
to tell. Regardless of what your dreams are in life, there are always those who
will say you can't or shouldn't for whatever reasons. Follow your dreams. You
always fail if you never try, just as the answer is always 'no' if you never
ask. So there's no downside to trying.
I know you
are a horsewoman as well. Tell me about your horse history…
am a lover of animals. I enjoy being around anything with four legs, and fur.
Horses are no exception. In my youth, I was enrolled in Backcountry Horse at
Hocking College, and I loved every minute of it. I also worked for a while at The Last Chance Corral, which was
another wonderful experience. Being in the barn among the horses is the only
time I've ever been up at five o’clock in the morning and been happy
the most important thing that you experienced while enrolled in Hocking College’s
Wilderness Horsemanship program?
learned so much while enrolled under the Horsemanship program. Most importantly
I learned to trust my horse and myself. I feel it is very important to be in
tune and to be friends with my horse. Your horse may sense danger or know
something that you may not be aware of. Being in tune and trusting your horse
can keep you safe. At Hocking College, Lady was my best friend. She was a very
interesting horse with a lot of depth to her. She didn't care for men and could
be quite bullheaded. One day while leading a trail ride Lady suddenly refused
to continue down the trail. I didn't force her. I knew that something was
wrong. My instructor took the lead and continued down the trail. It turned out
there was a snake on the path, it spooked my instructor’s horse, and she
was thrown breaking her collarbone in the process. I was grateful to have such
a close relationship of Lady, especially that day. I learned to follow my
instincts, use common sense, and always keep my wits about me. When I
first started at Hocking College, we had the horses hobbled in a grazing field.
A crotchety old donkey decided to stir up some trouble and started a stampede.
The whole herd was running straight towards another girl and me. I remember the
fear upon her face when she looked toward me asking what to do. Out of instinct
told her to run for the tree line, and sure enough when the horses reached the
trees they slowed and dispersed. I also learned what pride and sense of
accomplishment you feel after a hard day’s work in the barn.
share a favorite horse-related anecdote?
horse has its own unique personality. I remember being stepped on once by horse
named Roadie, and when I yelled I could tell by the look on his face that it
hurt him more than it hurt me. With my foot throbbing, I still felt sorry for
him. I suppose my favorite memory will always be of Chief out at The Last
Chance Corral. I called him Chief because of the brand on his hindquarters. He
had quite the personality, and I loved him dearly. When I would be working in
the field, he would sneak behind me quietly. When I would turn to look at
him, he would stop and look away like he wasn't doing anything. Then when my
back was turned, he would continue to follow me. We played this game nearly
every day. I was pregnant when I worked there and while in the field one day,
one of the other horses charged me. Chief came out of nowhere to push the other
horse off course and away from me. When I left The Last Chance Corral, I was
heartbroken. I wanted to take Chief home with me so badly, but I didn't
have a suitable home to bring him home to. I still miss him and think about him
often. I hope that he found a good home and received all the love that he
horsemanship mean to you?
me, horsemanship means a sense of pride and accomplishment. It is being
among kindred spirits. It is chance to be near the most beautiful gentle and
loving creatures you could ever meet. For me, riding a horse is pure freedom
and nothing short of complete peace.