Today’s interview is with E.G. Moore, author of Rowdy Days of Dom Sanders.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Hi! I’m E.G. Moore, and I dwell in Idaho, USA. The land of the lakes, which inspire me.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is entitled Rowdy Days of Dom Sanders. It is a modern crime/adventure retelling of Tom Sawyer.
3) What is the book about?
Main character Dom Sanders lives a charmed small-town life until his new neighbor Taylor moves in. Dom witnesses a drug-related murder, and his identical boot prints and some other evidence makes Taylor the prime suspect. Dom must decide to let his bully take the fall or speak up and risk his safety to do the right thing. Lots of country fun mixed into this one… horses, chores, tough girls, barn fires, etc… A lot of my adult readers say it has a nostalgic feel they love.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
At first, I had read about how middle grade boys were reading less than any other part of the population (about seven years ago), and how obsolete the classics were because current generations couldn’t relate to them. I adore retellings, so I wanted to rewrite a classic in a way that would attract and appeal to that audience. Some of the adventure elements also came from stories my husband, brother-in-law, and in-laws told me about my husband’s family living a low-income, high-innovation lifestyle. It grew and morphed into this fun, crime adventure that I hope everyone will enjoy.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Dom went through about six years of changes. I wrote the first draft my second year of National Novel Writing Month, and it’s been through about one dozen rewrites, and then had scenes moved around and changed after that. My husband took a picture of me with notecards spread all over our living room rug. I had an agent and all the major publishers considered it and offered personalized rejections that softly stated they didn’t want to deal with a couple sensitive topics within its pages. Eventually, I decided that self-publishing was the way to go.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned so many things about writing. This was my second completed manuscript, but it felt like an attachment of myself. I really played with and enjoyed discovering how to make each character incredibly unique and memorable. I also fell in love with middle grade, the wonder and joy of the character arcs that come from that audience’s age category. This debut novel taught me a lot about the self-publishing realm. My previous experience in marketing and promotion helped, but indie authors have so many options at their disposal and choosing the best for their work can be both daunting and fulfilling.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
Yes, both of them can be found at https://egmoore.wixsite.com/website. I’ve also got a teacher and student newsletter in the works because I think teachers need resources to help them be the book representative superstars that they are.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? The best tip I can give fellow authors is to demand the best for your work. Be the best author you can, pay for the best covers and editors if you’re an indie author, and give your words the hard work that both them and your readers deserve. My book cover artist is pretty fantastic www.kingscustomcovers.com. Darrin really listens to what you want and isn’t afraid to let you get involved in the creative process. He’s also patient about changes in deadlines, as books occasionally do. Tell Darrin that Emily sent you!
I have three amazing editors that I highly recommend!
Michelle Hauck, story weaver extraordinaire. She will make your story better. Period. (Note: Currently not taking editing projects. Her books are amazing too!)
Jenny Leo – She’s all about the details.
Alena Orrison – Tough love that whips your grammar into shape.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I’m an avid reader of British classic fiction (think Austen and Bronte), fantasy, Sci-Fi, and non-fiction on certain topics. Every once in a while, I dip into clean mystery and unique, realistic dystopian. I may or may not have a slight conspiracy theorist streak.
I’m not against reading new authors and reviewing, but I tend to quit reading if it’s not catching, and I’m an honest reviewer. If I don’t like it, I say so. Also, lyrical writing and characters beat plot for me every time. Note: I read a lot of teen fiction because I’m a wimp when it comes to graphic violence or sex due to past personal experiences.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Oh, this question. I utterly fail at this answer every time. Every time. I’ll go with the one I read annually and then my most recent favorite. If you adore culturally rich myths, you MUST read Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest. Seriously. Go get it right now. Library. Amazon. Whatever. It’s worth it. All the sensory details and how much the Sorcha speaks without saying a word is magical.
I would encourage fantasy lovers to check out Eliza Tilton. She’s created a world I got sucked into and gobbled up in her Daath Chronicles. She’s working on several series now and I’m telling you, she can make you feel and see all the things. All of them.
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