Interview (& Giveaway): E.S. Moore, author of To Walk the Night

I’m so thrilled to have E.S. Moore on the blog today! E.S. is the author of the brand new urban fantasy To Walk the Night (out yesterday!!), and was kind enough to answer a few of my questions! Also up for grabs is a copy of To Walk the Night to one lucky winner, so be sure to check out the details at the bottom of the post!

Please welcome E.S. to the blog!

Your brand new book, To Walk the Night, is the first in a planned urban fantasy series featuring vampire Kat Redding. Did you always want to be a writer? Can you tell us about your journey to publication?
I’ve always wanted to write, but there was a period where I simply didn’t try. I think part of the problem was that I had limited support from people outside my family. And I kept looking at it like it was something I would never achieve. Self-doubt was pretty big in my decision to walk away before ever really trying.

But then in 2006, I read Stephen King’s On Writing, as well as an H.P. Lovecraft anthology, and decided to give it a go again. I hadn’t written anything outside of a school setting for a long time, so I was pretty rusty when I did pick it back up. I piled up the rejections, but could tell I was getting better with each story I worked on.

Then I wrote my first attempt at urban fantasy. It got me my agent, but didn’t get picked up elsewhere. By that time, I was feeling better about my writing and had written a certain vampire book. I sent it to my agent, and as they say, the rest is history.

Can you tell us a little bit about To Walk the Night?
To Walk the Night is about a vampire named Kat Redding who hunts her own kind. She decides to work with a werewolf cult to take down a vampire House that would normally be outside her ability, and things get…complicated.

So, if you like a strong female lead who runs around with guns and swords, then this might very well be the book for you!

Why vampires?
Actually, I have no idea! To tell you the truth, I really didn’t want to write a vampire story, at least an urban fantasy one. It felt like selling out.

But the idea got lodged in my head and I couldn’t get rid of it. I sat down, plotted the entire novel in a few hours, and decided to write it. After the first draft, I tucked it away, thinking I’d never look at it again, but eventually, I felt the urge (thanks to the wife) to pick it back up. Even after polishing it up, I still wasn’t sure I wanted to send it out there.

But I did and here we are.

In the end, I could have tried to write Kat as something else, but it wouldn’t have been true to the character. It is what felt right. It’s who the character wanted to be. I couldn’t change that!

Do you already know how many books you’d like to write in the series, or will you just see where Kat takes you?
To a point, yes. I’d like to write at least seven, but there is room for more. Seven would basically let me tie up everything I’ve written about in the first three books without rushing through it or ignoring something. More than seven would allow me to expand the world a little more, but if I did that, we might be looking at a fifteen book series. I think it will come down to how much everyone likes the books on how far it goes. I’m not going to drag it on needlessly either. When the story is done, it will be done, even if it’s making me money.

So in the end, I’ll see where she wants to take me and what people want to read! I have enough ideas to last a while if necessary and I really hope I get to go out the way I want to.

What’s one of your most unusual writing quirks?
I’d like to think I don’t do anything unusual! I guess I’d have to go with my almost OCD need to write in the same place at the same time every day. If I wake up late or have something to do in the morning, which is my usual writing time, I struggle to write and often give up for the day. I can write at night, but it is rare at the moment because I have to get up early with my son. So, I guess I do follow patterns, which means at about 9:00 in the morning, I’m in the mode, ready to work! Nighttime writing takes place after 10:00 p.m. Anything before and I’d probably play around on the internet instead.

What are some of your favorite authors or books, and are there some that have particularly influenced you?
This is actually a tough one. Some of my favorite authors would be, Kathy Reichs, Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Brian Lumley, and Brandon Sanderson. There are a ton more, but these are the ones that leap right out at me.

As for influences, I’d like to think everything I’ve read have influenced me somewhat. I will say that it was Butcher’s Dresden Files series that got me into urban fantasy the most. When I write horror, it is typically King and Lumley that guide me. And when I shift to more fantasy related stuff, Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and George R.R. Martin are the ones that get me in the right frame of mind.

What are you reading right now?
On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark. After that, I plan on catching up on my Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs. I’ve been falling way behind!

If you could read one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
It by Stephen King.

In 2006 when I decided to start writing again, I also decided I would read and reread every book I own, including ones my wife bought for herself. Sometimes when I go back and reread one of the books I loved when I was younger, I find that I don’t like it nearly as much the second time around. I haven’t reread It yet, but I fear I might not like it as much this time around. It was one of those books that really got me into reading more mature material, rather than YA or pure fantasy, and I don’t want my memory of it tainted by disliking it now.

When you’re not busy at work on your next novel, how do you like to spend your free time?
I read a lot, obviously. But in non-book related time, I actually like to nerd out and play games. It gets my mind off things. I enjoy everything from card games like Magic the Gathering with friends, to online games, and even sitting down and playing solitaire for a little while. It keeps me from overworking myself and overthinking everything.

Is there any advice that you would give to struggling writers?
Just keep writing. Even when it seems like you are getting nowhere, just sit down and force it out. Don’t try to be perfect right away. Just get the story out and then go back and fix it in later drafts. If you are stuck, move on. Even if you have to put something like {ACTION SCENE HERE} smack dab in the middle of the manuscript just so you can keep writing, do it! Writing isn’t easy and doubt can derail you pretty quickly. Try to push the Doubt Monster away, at least for a little while, and get words on the page. After that, work on it until you can’t possibly make it any better. You’ll do fine!

Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us?
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood, book two in the Kat Redding series comes out July 3rd and the third book, Blessed by a Demon’s Mark, will be out the following year. I’m hopefully going to be setting up a convention or two for 2012, but have nothing definitive set up yet.
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About To Walk the Night:
Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death – and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire, Count, is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power. Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface – and costs her whatever is left of her humanity.

**GIVEAWAY DETAILS**
1. You must fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries!).
2. Giveaway is for 1  copy of To Walk the Night by E.S. Moore to 1 winner.
3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses only
4. Must include a valid email address
5. You must enter on or before 1/10/12
6. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail. Please see my Giveaway Policy.
7. Giveaway book kindly provided by Kensington.



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26 Comments:

  1. I have To Walk the Night on my wish list. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I’ve had my eye on To Walk the Night for a while. Such a great cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. The cover drew me to this book first time I saw it. It’s on my tbr list and now that it is out, I’m anxious to get a copy and start reading. Thank you for the great giveaway! =^-^=

  4. This book sounds very interesting. Looking forward to reading it.

  5. I loved this interview! Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series also got me into urban fantasy, and I would kill to read It again for the first time! Thanks for the fun interview and giveaway:)

  6. Huh, so you just had the whole story in your head begging to be written. And it is enough of a story for several books? Wish I had that kind of wealth of ideas. =)

  7. To Walk the Night sounds like a fantastic story and I’m looking forward to reading it. I love vampires, and then when you throw werewolves in too, that’s always a great time for me. 😀

  8. Victoria Zumbrum

    I love reading about vampires. I would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  9. E.S. this was a great interview. When I was younger I loved anything Vampire or Occult, Dark Shadows, Buffy, Angel, and Charmed to name a few.
    I didn’t really start reading Urban Fantasy until I saw Twilight and than it went from there the books, and when they were done. The sales reps at Borders at the time recommended me several series and I was hooked from there.

    I love the cover of this book. It’s beautiful. I wish you nothing but success with this series.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoodotcom

  10. This was a great interview. I have a question How do you know when the characters are the right ones for the storyline?

  11. I’m dying to get my hands on this book! Kat reminds me so much of Selene in the Underworld series I love. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway chance! Very much appreciated. 🙂 *crosses fingers I win*

  12. Phoenix Carvelli

    After sketching the outline, approximately how long did/does it take you to complete the first draft? This looks like a Must Read for me! Thank you!
    Have a great 2012!

  13. LOVE that cover! I’m hoping to win, but I’m adding this to my wish list regardless… 🙂

  14. I Love good believable vampire stories, and this looks so good. I loved the interview and how u came up with the story. I cant wait to read this one so it is def going on my “to read” list.

  15. Thanks for the kind words everyone.

    @Lexi – Actually, I had the idea for the first book then. When the series was picked up, I had a moment of panic and thought, “Holy crap. What am I going to do!?” in regards to book 2.

    @Deb – To me, knowing when the character is right is a feel thing. When I’m writing them, if they don’t ring true or I struggle finding scenes where they belong, then more than likely, they are all wrong for it. It’s actually pretty hard to explain other than to say it is all about the feeling!

    @Phoenix – It took me a little less than a month to do the full first draft, which is pretty typical for me. I usually plan on taking 1 month per draft on anything I do. Sometimes it takes longer, sometimes shorter. TO WALK THE NIGHT was an April 23 to May 20, I believe it was, working only weekdays.

  16. I love vampire books. What’s great is that every author has their own vision of vampire lore. It’s fun to read all of them.
    I’d love to win a copy of your book.

  17. I love vampires and I love love love a strong female lead who runs around with guns and swords.This sounds like an amazing read looking forward to getting my claws into it.
    flanagan@mebtel.net

  18. I have always loved & will forever love vampires. Thanks for great giveaway and intro to new author for me.

  19. Your tastes in books are like a combination of me and my wife. Very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I love that cover! The story sounds amazing… I’m a big fan of kick-ass chicks, so I’ll definitely be reading this one! Thanks for bringing this author and book to my attention!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  21. Thanks for the giveaway!! 😀

  22. Chelsea Hornbacher

    Love Vampire stories!!! Sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!

  23. margaret whelehan

    I love the way the nook spunds. Thank you for the contest.

  24. blackroze37@yahoo.com

    love to read this book!

  25. Great interview, ty for sharing. This looks like its going to be a fantastic read.

  26. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I’ve been seeing this book around a lot so I really want to see how good it is!

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