Moira Keith has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book, A Soul To Keep. As part of her tour, Moira will be giving away a $15 Amazon or B/N gift card. For more information, see the bottom of this post.
First enjoy this interview with Moira.
Welcome, so great to have you here with us. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you for having me! A little about myself…hmmm. I’m a mom of twin boys who keep me on my toes, an aunt, a sister, and a daughter. I have an amazing and supportive family. I live in Las Vegas. I also love to bake and am obsessed with Pinterest.
Do real life events find their way into your stories?
Sometimes. I think it is very easy and somewhat natural to draw on our own personal experiences when we write. Though I will admit to never putting myself in a position to reap on behalf of a demon…
Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
Some of their characteristics or physical traits may end up in my characters, but it is usually such a mash up by the time I’m done, it’s hard to determine who influenced what. One thing I almost always draw on for my heroines are my sister and mother. They have such strength that inspires me to try and capture a bit of that with my heroines.
Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
It’s always something different, because my stories tend to vary from contemporary, to young adult, to paranormal. The inspiration can be a dream, maybe something I saw play out in real life that made my mind start playing the ‘what if’ game, or even just a line in a song I heard on the radio while driving to work in the morning.
When do you write? Early morning? During the day sometime or all day? After the kids go to bed?
I used to write a bit in the morning before work and then about an hour or so before bed after the kids were all tucked in. Lately though, my writing schedule is lacking any form or structure. We recently moved and I started a new job which has impacted my writing schedule tremendously. So currently, I just grab whatever time I can, when I can.
How do you feel about marketing your book?
I have a love/hate relationship with book marketing. It is a necessary piece of the process, but it can be such a time suck and take a huge chunk out of that limited writing time. It is fun to participate in online events though, where I can meet readers and have a chance to chat and interact with them.
What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
Haha. This is a question I ask myself all the time. To be honest, I’m not sure there is a straight forward answer to this. Whatever you are comfortable with, will be the one thing that works best. Some authors are great at Twitter, others are better at Facebook. I honestly, haven’t settled into a social media niche yet due to time constraints, but Facebook seems to be the one I tend to be a little more active on.
Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?
I find that I tend to wait until I have a full manuscript to turn in. I have many idea, but the pressure of pitching something that isn’t finished yet…I’m fairly certain life would throw me a curveball that would keep me from meeting a deadline or kill off my muse.
Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing? If so, what is it?
Oh yes. If I could, I would love to write a mystery. Those were the stories that made me fall in love with reading. One of the first that really stuck with me was a John Sanford novel, The Rules of Prey. Then I discovered J.D. Robb, Linda Fairstein, Tess Gerritsen, Erica Spindler, and Iris Joahnsen and I was in love with the genre. Unfortunately, to date, I’ve been unsuccessful in writing a mystery. Guess for now I will leave that task to those who already do it and do it well.
Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
No. Though I’ve been told that people can see some of my personality in my heroines, which I find odd since I don’t aspire to create characters that emulate me.
Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
A Soul to Keep, which is the first in my Saints and Sinners Series, is my newest release. It is published by Hearts Desire Press (http://www.heartsdesirepress.com/index.html).
In the realm of the Fallen, there’s a little saint and sinner in us all…
One moment can impact the future.
Love never served Jayde Cross well and owing a debt to a demon is the proof. Reaping is a lonely existence and with her thirtieth birthday approaching, she’s got enough to worry about without adding romance to the mix. It’s why her friendship with the man living next door works so well. They both live lives filled with secrets and ignoring their self-imposed rules isn’t an option. Too bad her heart disagrees.
The past is about to come back and haunt one of Heaven’s Fallen.
Caleb Thorne always found living among mortals difficult, until he met the intriguing woman down the hall. She demands nothing of him and is completely safe. When an enemy from his past catches up with him, Caleb soon discovers the rules of the Fallen exist for a reason and loving a mortal may prove to be the bigger danger.
In a world where their love is forbidden, Jayde and Caleb may just discover that sometimes breaking rules is the only thing that can set you free.
“Excuse the mess.”
I turned and glanced up at him. “What? You didn’t scrub the kitchen down before you tore it all apart? I’m shocked Mr. Thorne.”
“Sure, make fun of me. I was simply being polite.”
I smiled and set the coffee on the dark granite countertop. “Well we’ve both seen each other’s homes in completely wrecked states. I think our friendship is strong enough to survive a messy kitchen. Maybe even an apocalypse.”
“I don’t know. I’ve seen your kitchen. It looks like a tornado blew through it. I don’t even think zombies would venture in there.”
“Wow! That hurts.” I reached out to slap his arm and he grabbed my wrist. Warmth spread through my body and my chest tightened. He licked his lips and I found the movement incredibly inviting. The distance between us seemed to shrink. This could not be happening. As much as I adored Caleb, I could not allow myself to fall for him. I could see myself tumbling down the very path I swore I would never travel and liking the fall, but the pain that would surely follow would break me and likely him as well. Shit. I needed a distraction.
“I brought coffee, as promised. And…” I pushed the bag over to him.
He released his hold on my wrist, opened the bag, and peered inside. “Did we not just have a conversation about muffins and your training schedule yesterday? You know if you keep bringing me these, I’m going to lose this hard earned physique which makes the ladies drool.”
“Whatever, Romeo. It’s just a muffin.” I rolled my eyes then turned to face the sink. The cherry wood cabinet doors were opened, revealing a bucket filled with water, a wrench, a screw driver, and a broken plastic piece from the pipe was disconnected and lying on the floor. “I see you’ve made some progress.”
“Think I made it worse.”
“Should have waited until I got here.”
He shrugged. “Probably right. But my ego can only stand to be shown up by a lady so many times.”
“They have these people. They’re called plumbers. Professionals. Maybe you should call one.”
Author Bio and Links:
Moira Keith is a lover of shoes, a connoisseur of Guinness, baker of cocktail themed cupcakes, and an overall complete mess! She is also a proud Texan by birth (and true Southern girl at heart).
Moira lives in the city of neon with her twin zombie sons, a fish, three parakeets, and a turtle.
Moira Keith will award one $15 Amazon or BN GC to one randomly drawn winner. To be entered in the drawing, follow this link to Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
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