Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Author C.R. Moss
Happy Hump Day! I'm dancing on the ceiling because I have author C.R. Moss here with me today. She is simply fantastic, a self-proclaimed eccentric and eclectic writer, who pens stories for both the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers Worlds of Possibilities.
What was the inspiration behind your latest release?
My latest story, Look What the Cat Dragged In for Julie, is book two in a series titled Look What the Cat Dragged In. The inspiration behind it ~ The Look What the Cat Dragged In series was supposed to be one story following secondary character, Philip, from my novel Concealed Affairs, but my characters had different ideas. So the one story morphed into three and Philip will be Cassandra’s love interest in the third book. The original story idea came to me in the 90’s. If I remember correctly, there was an old house in my neighborhood and I said to myself “I wonder if it’s haunted” and the ideas took off from there.
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
Geez, I’ve been working toward a career in writing for as long as I can remember. I had been creating stories since I started to read, but the thought of writing for a living solidified when I was in middle school and received an A in English. I looked at the grade and that’s when my life was defined. I realized I could do it. From that point on, I put pen to paper to get my thoughts down and made sure to take classes appropriate to learning and honing the craft. I did Creative Writing and Drama in high school. My BA from Rutgers stemmed from a concentration of courses in Communications and English. I’ve even taken a couple of novel writing workshops where I was mentored one-on-one by a Kensington author. Now there are the classes at the conventions, conferences and through the local RWA chapter that I attend, which helps to keep me writing.
What do you love most about being a writer?
Coming up with new ideas and having people say they enjoy my stories.
What genre haven’t you tried, yet, that you would love to explore?
This might shock some people but I’ve thought about writing Inspirational.
If we looked on your bookshelf right now, what are some of the titles we would find?
It’d be easier to say authors since I have a lot of books… Some of them include: Clive Barker, Jude Deveraux, Christine Feehan, Frank Herbert, Stephen King, Fern Michaels, Anne Rice
Music or silence when you write?
I listen to music that puts my mind into a specific frame of reference for the type of story I’m writing. The genres of music I’ve been known to listen to are spa, alternative, new wave, country, Flamenco, etc.
If you could take one of your characters out on the town, who would it be and what would you do?
I’d take Ash, from my Dirty Little series, out on the town. Yeah, he’s a naughty demon but he’s also a very handsome, charming man…suave…We’d go out to dinner, have some drinks, dance, maybe catch a show and/or do some gambling, then go back to his room… ;)
Favorite naughty dessert and decadent drink.
Chocolate mousse pie & Baileys and Coffee
Buy link for Look What the Cat Dragged In for Julie
You can visit C.R. here at her website http://www.crmoss.net/