Today’s interview is with Courtney Moore, author of Moonlight Walkers – Forbidden Lands.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Courtney Moore, Texas.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
MOONLIGHT WALKERS: FORBIDDEN LANDS, Middle Grade Fiction/Fantasy.
3) What is the book about?
Short summary: It’s about a young, unique wolf name Sakura, her hidden ancestral history, and the dragons that will do anything to control it.
Full summary (blurb): Young Sakura has always wondered why her family kept a tight leash on her and her younger brother, never allowing them to leave the pack boundaries. Deep inside, she knows that she’s meant for more than the comforting shelter of her secluded forest.
Her belief is put to the test when a group of ruthless, powerful dragons invade her home and kidnap her pack. The dragon’s king desperately wants to find the Wolves Amulet, a sacred item of the wolves that he believes will grant him freedom from his enchanted prison. After escaping the claws of capture, Sakura, her brother, and a childhood friend set out on a treacherous search for their family, abandoning the familiar boundaries of their home for the first time.
When Sakura learns of her ancestral background – being a descendant from a supernatural wolf and the only one capable of unlocking the power within the amulet, the stakes become greater. With her true identity now revealed, she becomes the wolf king’s greatest asset and the dragon king’s main target, forcing Sakura to decide on the fate of her life and the world as she knows it.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
This all started back in High School, over fifteen years ago. I love reading fantasy books that take the reader to far off worlds. So, I decided to create my own.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The rough draft was written over fifteen years ago, but most of the story was compiled recently and took me about a year and a half to finish (between adding more plot, character development, and editor reviewing).
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes a lot! Especially from my editors. I learned to keep an eye out for the small things that can be overlooked, sometimes making a big difference in the story.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Author website: Courtneymooreauthor.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Tips for future writers that want to be authors: Never give up. Don’t take no from an agent or publisher. Keep reviewing and editing your manuscript, eventually you will shine to the right person and/or publisher. Everyone has different tastes for what they are looking for (and that is why it’s a good idea to research the agent and/or publisher to make sure they are the right fit for your manuscript’s audience). Also, it’s a good idea to invest in an editor. They will find things that you never thought to look for. They are a huge eye opener and great knowledge source. A great editor I recommend is Raven Eckman.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
My favorite genres are fantasy and adventure. I would love to review other authors work and give my feedback.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Hmm, a very hard question! I have so many books, especially from when I was younger, that I adore! One that was my first novel series is the WARRIORS series by Erin Hunter. This series was also an inspiration to me in creating my own world, but with my favorite animal – wolves!
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, my husband and I love animals. We currently have two Quaker parrots and two lizards.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I unfortunately don’t own a reading device.
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