M is for Moore.. new indie author @_CharlieMoore #AtoZChallenge
M is for Moore…
M is for More book sand Moore… Charlie Moore! A new Indie author from Australian author with a great new thriller called Against The Clock. Mr. Moore has graced us with taking the plunge and answering my interview questions. So sit back and enjoy! Oh and there is a great giveaway at the bottom!
CG –Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO!
Bring It On!
CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing – please take the chance to not take yourself too seriously and enjoy! Considering all the interesting places you have been researching your books I bet there is something there!)
This is a challenge… there are so many stories that come to mind, it’s hard to settle on one. But there is one which I constantly go back to. The best and the worst of one of my trips to Russia. I was travelling alone, didn’t know anyone. I’d just read a lot of books about the cold war, and also about WWII, and I was totally fascinated by Russia’s history. I knew already that I wanted to write a series of full-on action espionage novels, and thought what better way to research the experiences and feelings of being a spy than to explore the most famous place in the world for spycraft?!?
So one day I just bought a ticket, got an audio CD on learning Russian, and two weeks later I was touching down at Moscow international airport. As the plane was coming down closer to the ground, I remember seeing nothing but wilderness and cold, white snow. And started thinking/imagining I was lost down there trying to escape a military force or the like.. the vastness of it, the harshness of it, it was awe inspiring. So anyway, I got through customs, and before I could hit the taxi stands, there’s taxi drivers pulling at my luggage, and tugging at my arms trying to get me into their cabs, and these were big men! The biggest of the lot won, and I got into the taxi, spoke my two weeks old rough Russian, and thought to myself “that wasn’t so bad”
I was in the cab for about 30 minutes, when it occurred to me my hotel was supposed to be only 10 minutes away… Suddenly he pulls over in the middle of nowhere, turns around in his chair, and says “100! US!”
HOLY CRAP! If I were one of the characters I wanted to write about I would have kicked the shit out of him! At the time I was in great shape, had won more medals than I could remember in many different fighting disciplines, but OMG! This was the Russian mafia shaking me down! I had images of going back home to Australia, and the mob waiting there for me. I paid him the $100 US.
He smiled the warmest smile, drove me back to the hotel, and then demanded another 100. Yep! I’ll never forget it.
That was my introduction to Russia, and my first international flight.
CG –The setting is in Australia and it is said that the book is a big thriller, but it also eludes to a mysterious woman. Since this is my #AtoZChallenge post for M, what is the trick to writing mysterious people and to keep a mystery going in a story?
It’s interesting that you would ask that, because it’s not something I thought about overtly while developing the characters, but it is a theme it seems from the people I speak with that have read the book. I was very conscious from the beginning, that I wanted the readers to learn more about the characters the further they read into the book, and I was keenly aware of not ‘telling’ the reader about a character, but more of ‘showing’ them.
From my experience as a ghost writer, and now as a recognized author, keeping the mystery alive throughout a novel can be challenging in that you have to reach a balance, where you make the characters real, so a reader can relate to them, and even be on the brink of understanding them, but not tell the whole story. To let key motivators, or behaviors come out as the story progresses through the characters actions rather than the narrators voice. And one technique I used a few times for my lead character Shirin Reyes, was to let her react to a situation in a way that hinted toward an internal conflict, but not explore that conflict until later in the chapter or even several chapters later. I think it added a depth that made people think and question and explore – pulling the reader through until the smaller mysteries of the character are revealed (to varying depths).
CG – With your years as a ghost writer you got to dabble a bit, is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in with your name, that you wish you could break into?
Yes for sure! I loved writing real human stories. Stories of ordinary people caught up in situations many others face, but which have the potential to significantly impact their lives, and the lives of the people they love. One example of a story I loved, and wish I had wrote, was of a cancer sufferer, and the challenges he faced from being diagnosed, through to treatment and until he died. It was such a dramatic story or heroism, from him and from his family. A truly beautiful book. That is one genre I am passionate about exploring in between my kick-ass, fun, explosive action adventures.
And while we’re on the topic, I have the story, I know the characters, and I’m just now researching my first book of that genre now. I was scheduled to start on it in May, but with the release of Against The Clock, and pressure from fans to get the next installment out sooner, I’ve had to re-prioritize..
Let’s have a little fun!
CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (Some have a huge cast, so say no more than five, I am thinking many would be able to do at least one, you do have one character right? Include photos of choice or I can find them)
Awesome! Let’s dream..
Shirin Reyes – I started off thinking of Zoe Saldana, and that kind of morphed into Jaimie Alexander. Two incredibly beautiful ladies! Shirin has a mix of cultural backgrounds with a hint of Filipino heritage… I think these ladies could definitely pull it off!
Director Selig – I’m thinking Dustin Hoffman. He has the raw charisma and talent to pull off the badness of the character.
Barratt – definitely Gerard Butler. Strong, tough, rugged but still with a human, approachable and likeable aura.
Ben – Charlie Hunnam! Fun, serious, athletic, cool. A good balance to Shirin
CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?
For sure. Scotch! Love it! And when I can’t drink that, a strong black coffee will do. Plug the headphones in, play some My Chemical Romance real loud and just hammer away at the keyboard until what I’m writing starts to make sense. I’ll come back the next day and often be surprised at the turns the story has taken, or the developments the characters have headed toward.
CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? (ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)
When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing! It’s not a joke. But to unwind, and blow off some steam I love rock climbing. It’s just such a challenging sport. And it’s something my wife and I can do together. I also like to go skydiving, but that’s a little too expensive. I’ve taken up archery, enjoy tennis and golf, and love travelling. Lately with such a busy schedule, I often dream of packing up, heading to Fiji with ten good books, my wife, and hiding from the world on a deserted beach. If only…
CG – During the zombie apocalypse, what fictional character would you want watching your back? (I cannot help myself)
Jack Bauer, Mitch Rapp (of Vince Flynn) and of course Shirin Reyes. They are badass enough that zombies better be scared!
CG –If AGAINST THE CLOCK was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine?
I’m thinking a Thai Green Curry! – smooth with a hint of spice, the snap of fresh vegies, the occasional hot chilli, and meat that melts in your mouth. Now I’m hungry!!!
CG –FAST and FURIOUS – Don’t pause just answer what comes first to mind
- Shangri-La, St. Petersburg or Antarctica?- Shangri-La
- Coke or Pepsi?- Pepsi
- Spy, Dead Desert Queens, or beautiful and elusive assassin? – Spy
- Spirits, Demons or Killer Clowns?(Hey, have to have a little fun.. you never know what’s behind some of those ancient doors) – Spirits
- Ancient Enemy, Chaste Research Librarian or a Mad Russian?- Mad Russian!!
- Bats or Wolves?- Wolves
- Chainsaw arm or shotgun leg (gotta throw another zombie apocalypse related question in here! J)?- shotgun leg
- Spy Who Loved Me or Live and let Die?- Spy Who Loved Me
- Learn battle techniques from a Viking, a ninja or Shirin Reyes?- hahaha Shirin Reyes!
CG -Anything you would like to add or share about what is coming up in the adventures and mysteries in the next segment of the Clock series? Any secrets you can share?
Well.. yes. I have received so many emails from fans asking for more of Shirin, and more sooner, that I have rearranged my commitments to bring the next adventure sooner than anticipated. I’m hoping the next book will be released later in the year, several months sooner than planned. I’ll release more via my newsletter as I nail down the release date. I already have the next 3 books conceptualized, and just need to write them.
I would strongly encourage all my fans to continue writing to me, asking me questions and challenging me. It’s inspiring, and may even make me write faster 😉
Against the Clock: the clock is ticking
by Charlie Moore
on March 9, 2014
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Shirin Reyes has come out of the cold with a vengeance.
Determined to kill the men responsible for her husband’s death, she finds herself torn between her all-consuming vendetta and the consequences her actions have on those she cares about.
Unrelenting. Unrelenting. Unstoppable. Uncompromising.
Shirin ruthlessly hunts down each man, working her way to the top, never realizing she has penetrated the inner sanctum of a covert operation - entangled within an explosive web of scandal, treason, murder and government corruption.
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