Monday, April 13, 2009
FEATURED AUTHOR: Jacqueline Moore
Jackie Moore is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in religion and offers spiritual words of encouragement daily on her website http://www.jacquelinedmoore.com/. and her myspace page www.myspace.com/mamajacq. She and her two sons, James and Joseph reside in Detroit, Michigan.
She is also a contributing author to several anthologies including 2008 releases, "Triumph of my Soul, Stories of Hope, Triumph and Inspiration” "Journeys of Love, Voices of the Heart" and “Gumbo for the Soul, Here’s our Child Where is the Village.”
Serving Justice is her debut novel under the Peace in the Storm Publishing imprint.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
So often we allow others to influence our decisions when it comes to relationships. Instead of listening to our inner voice we listen to the external voices around us and will often make the wrong choices because of it. We have to learn to listen to what’s inside of us rather than to those external things that will try to influence us.
Why did you choose to write this book?
I like to write about issues that make you think. There will always be a lesson learned in everything that I write. So often we allow the world to decide what’s best for us rather than seeing the truth for ourselves.
What did you learn while writing this book?
Everything isn’t always black and white and even when you make a mistake, there is always an opportunity to at least try and correct it.
What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?
There were several. I enjoyed seeing my characters experiencing their aha moments as self-realizations occurred.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
That even writers aren’t perfect. Every now and then a mistake might make it through, but don’t let a mistake prevent you from seeking out that same author again.
What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?
Everybody isn’t going to like your work and that’s okay. Everything that you write isn’t meant for everybody.
What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
The fact that you have to stay the course if you want to make it in the industry. No matter how good or bad you are, if you never get your work out there, you will never establish yourself as a writer.
What is something readers would be surprised you do?
Roller-skate. I don’t do it as often as I like, but I still succumb to the lure of the music whenever I get near the rink.
What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
Just how difficult the writing game can be. The writing part is easy; it’s the rest of the work that’s hard.
How to market myself better.
How to market myself better.
How do you reach new readers?
By networking. I also write devotionals and I reach new readers by sharing those and encouraging my readers to share them with others as well.
If you could have dinner with 3 authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?
Stephen King, I would love to know how his mind works.
Lorraine Hansberry. To be so successful at such a young age.
Donald Goines. I grew up reading Donald Goines and he was the first African American author I felt a real connection with. He wrote about the streets of Detroit , where I grew up.
Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?
Do establish a writing routine. The more consistent you are with a routine, the more you can accomplish. Grant it, there may be days when nothing real gets done but when you are in the habit of sitting down and writing as part of a regiment, you will accomplish so much more.
Don’t give up if this is what you truly desire to do. If you need help, seek it. If you don’t know, learn it.
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
My email address is http://firstname.lastname@example.org
My website is http://www.virtuousliving.com/
myspace is http://www.myspace.com/mamajacq
Our theme for this month is Getting The Call. How should a writer prepare after getting the call?
Be ready to work. Pull together your contacts, call on friends, and seek out resources to help you market you. Some of the many lists that you can start pulling together before you get the call are local media contacts, bookstores, book clubs, etc.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?
“Caught in the Middle” What happens when a woman gets involved with a man BEFORE the divorce is final?
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