Monday, March 1, 2010

Interview with C.R. Moss


Author of suspense, horror and tantalizing romance. Let's give C.R. Moss a warm welcome.

I'm happy you were able to join us today. Let's start out with you telling the readers a little about yourself.

My current bio is: C.R. Moss, resident of the hot, high desert in the southwest, knew she wanted to write at a young age, as early as she learned to read, cooking up stories to entertain herself in the rural, non-kid-laden area she had lived in. But she took a round about way to settle down as a fiction writer, having worked in the corporate pharmaceutical and real estate realms writing newspaper articles, press releases, corporate newsletters, etc. Now that she's settled into the alternative health care industry, she has returned to her first love: creative writing. When she isn't working at her practice or at her computer cooking up another tale, she can be found hanging out with her husband and cat, reading a book, chillin' in front of the TV, or working on a craft project. She has also been known to play WOW.

Your newest release is Beautiful People. Richard Prall is a troubled young man who doubts his sanity when his friend disappears and people he wanted gone turn up dead. Tell us little about Richard and why he’s worried the authorities won’t believe he’s innocent.

Richard is a socially inept young man who grew up with learning disabilities and was teased a lot. He’s known to have an over active imagination. The worry over his innocence comes from something that occurs one night and a couple of conversations he’s had. Can’t say much else or I might give something away.

Why a horror mystery? What inspired the story?

My writing roots stem from the horror genre and the story is a bit suspenseful on top of it. I can’t remember exactly what inspired this story. The gem of the idea came to me in the beginning of 2008.

Who was the cover book artist for Beautiful People? It definitely catches your attention. Did you help to create the stunning cover?

The cover art was done by Angela Waters. She did a fantastic job! I love the color and the pair of eyes under the title. My input on the cover was minimal. I gave her the blurb of the story, some very basic ideas and the theme. She came up with the wonderful composition.

Works in Progress: “A woman in love. A ghost in need. A man possessed.” Now that you have our attention, tell us about your upcoming series Look What the Cat Dragged In. How many stories and what can we look forward to? Release date?

I currently have three books planned in this series. There might be a fourth revolving around the ladies of the ‘Bridge Club,’ but I’ll see how the first three go. The series is based on a frisky feline, Myrddin, who fancies himself a matchmaker. The first book ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In for Evelyn’ follows Raritan Manor’s ghost Quinn and his living love Evelyn. The second and third books follow cousins Julie and Cassandra as they fall in love. Julie’s story will have time travel in it – a Native American gets brought forward during a ritual. Cassandra’s story will have a blast from the past turn her world upside down and readers will see how her familiar, Myrddin, came into her life. Evelyn’s story is targeted for release this year on April 1 and the other two follow June 1 and August 1. For a peek at Evelyn’s story, visit: http://home.earthlink.net/~cr_moss/id25.html


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Learn all you can about the craft of writing, including grammar, stick to your goals and don’t give up on your dreams.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

Readers can visit my website at: http://home.earthlink.net/~cr_moss From there I have a Links page that lists my sites and a comment box for contacting me.

***Beautiful People by C.R. Moss available now at extasy books. Book is for mature audiences and contains adult sexual situations including m/f/m.

Blurb: His dark imaginings have become reality. Richard Prall, a troubled young man, imagines his life to be different than it is—free from his learning disability, his eccentric mother and the teasing and ridicule of his peers. One day after being mocked too many times, he and his friend, Jenni, envision ways of ridding the bullies from his life. To his dismay, his fantasies take on a life of their own. The people he wanted gone turn up dead and Jenni disappears. How can he make the authorities believe he’s innocent when he’s not even sure of his sanity?

PG-13 Excerpt:
In the midst of the clutter lay three tarot cards and a small note pad. Moving around the ironing board, he kept his focus on the page where his name was written in big, bold letters. He picked up the pad and glanced at the cards—Devil, Death, Justice lay in a straight line. The dark imagery of horns and fire, skulls and swords and bound hands and eyes seared his mind. The paper grew hot in his hand.

His mother had a knack for reading cards and palms and talking to the spirit world. She was one of the rare few who could be called a true psychic and medium. But her spooky talent came with a price—it made her flighty and a bit of a social outcast. Though people found it alluring to be told their future, when it came down to it, the frank and accurate news of what was happening and would occur in their lives scared them. So, in ignorance and contempt, most people feared and shunned the woman whose gift was her sole means of support. There were times her readings even gave him the heebie-geebies. Like now.

Richard scanned the page and read the notes his mother had made under his name. Devil—secret plans; sexual; obsessions; relationship, healthy or not? Death—major changes; transformations; release. Justice—balance; legal matters, ruling; beneficial outcome, yes or no? Will need to do another reading when… Her notes suddenly stopped.

With an uncomfortable shudder, he put the pad back where he found it…

Buy link:
http://www.extasybooks.com/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=55&flypage=ebook_flypage&product_id=7544&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=50

5 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you C.R. for joining us today. I wish you success in all you do.

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi C.R.

Your stories look wonderful! Here goes my TBR pile again! LOL BTW, my maiden name is Moss. My family for the most part is here in Oklahoma and has been for several generations--by way of Texas. I really enjoyed your excerpts and seeing what's coming up from you in the near future.

Cheryl

Carol North said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi C.R. and Karen:

Enjoyed the interview and the excerpt.

C.R., your books sound deliciously scary.

C.R. Moss said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Karen! I had fun doing this interview.
Hi Cheryl! Moss for me is my pen name (a translation of my real last name.) Glad you enjoyed what you read. :)
Hi Carol! Glad you, too, enjoyed the info. I've been known to creep out/scare people a time or two with my stories. ;)
Thanks all for stopping by today.
Hugs
C.R. Moss

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