Eddie D. Moore travels extensively for work, and he spends much of that time listening to audio books. The rest of the time is spent dreaming of stories to write and he spends the weekends writing them. His stories have been published by Jouth Webzine, Saturday Night Reader, Every Day Fiction, Theme of Absence, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Adventure Worlds. Check out his blog at: https://eddiedmoore.wordpress.com/ to find ways of following him and a list of publications.
1. How long have you been writing and what got you started?
I submitted my first story to a publisher on 12/31/14. Hitting submit on that first story felt so fulfilling that I made it a New Year’s resolution to write and submit a story every week of 2015. I achieved my goal last year and wrote fifty-two short stories. I am still editing and searching for a home for about half of them. What got me started? The answer is simple. I like to share, and I enjoy knowing that someone’s emotions were stirred by something I created. If something I write causes you laugh, cry, or cock your head and wonder, what is wrong with him? I would love to know about it; it is why I write.
2. What is the best piece of advice you have for new writers?
Never stop reading and day dreaming. If you have a story in your mind’s eye, think on it until you believe you are going to burst if you don’t write it down. You will be surprised how fast the words come and how much fun it is to tell that story.
3. Are there any writing resources, such as books or websites, you’d like to recommend?
Writing is definitely a skill to be learned and a talent to be honed. Ironically, I have found author interviews to very helpful. Listening to my favorite writers respond to questions about the writing process answered many of my own questions. The interviews are usually very easy to find on Youtube.
4. What is your favorite type of fiction and who are your favorite authors?
I love reading fantasy and science fiction. Brandon Sanderson, Alex Bledsoe, Larry Niven, George R.R. Martin and Orson Scott Card are among my favorite authors.
5. What tips do you have for finding time to write?
You have to plan time to write; it just doesn’t happen by accident. I did most of my writing Saturday morning before the rest of the family woke up. However, now that the kids are older and the family is familiar with me hiding in my corner while I write, I hide in my corner, and I write a little every day.
6. Do you prefer to outline a story in advance or write on the fly? Why?
I love discovery writing, and most of my flash fiction was written using this method. For longer stories, I believe that a little more planning is required. I jot down a short list of turning points for the story I want to write and discovery write my way between them.
7. How do you deal with rejections?
Rejection is just part of writing. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, and never take a rejection personally. The worst they can do is say no, and they will say no many times. If you’re lucky, the rejection will come with suggestions for improving the story. If you agree with the suggestions, fix the story and submit it elsewhere.
8. What are your writing goals for the next twelve months?
I’m currently half way through the first draft of my first novel. I intend on finishing the first draft within the next couple months and then spend the rest of the year revising and polishing it. Additionally, I plan on writing a few short stories when I take breaks from the novel.
9. For the next five years?
I plan on writing as many novels, novellas, novelettes, short stories, and flash pieces as I can. As I said earlier, I love to share. If I won the lottery tomorrow, it would just mean that I could spend more time writing. However, I would be writing on a beach somewhere rather than the middle of West Tennessee.
10. Is there anything you’d like to plug? Feel free to share a link.
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