Thursday, March 7, 2019

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Final Year by M.J. Moores


Book info:
Title: FINAL YEAR

Author: M.J. Moores
Pub. Date: March 2, 2019
Publisher: Love Knot Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 192
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

Synopsis:
Graduation can be killer…

Beth pushes beyond her comfort zone to prove a sociology thesis. She turns a chance meeting with a known player into a personal experiment on first impressions. Weaving herself into casual meetings with the guy reinforces her assumptions… until she’s no longer the one pursuing him.

Jeremy’s only serious relationship is with his studies as he competes for the coveted post-grad theoretical chem spot with Dr. Young. When the campus goes into lockdown and everyone is evacuated to the stadium, his habit of “fun only” friendships turns into a curse.

Can he trust a skittish girl he’s known for ten days to help him find his not-so-theoretical chem project or will her assumptions about him keep her at arm’s length?

Final Year – a fast-paced new adult romantic suspense that keeps you guessing at every turn.
Author Interview:

1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?  

A: Oh, my process is all over the map – lol 😉. Generally, I let an idea germinate anywhere from a day to several months depending on what I’m currently working on and where I hope to go next. Once I can’t contain my thoughts and musings, I get them on paper. If I know in advance that I want to make this my next big project, I assign it a journal or notebook so that I can keep all of my ideas, character sketches, and research in one place. I know there are some amazing digital programs out there that will do this for you, but I need to keep connected to the page throughout my writing. I used to over plan and plot out graphs for each book, but these days I tend to go with: I know where I want to start; I know how I want it to end; I’ve got some cool ideas for the middle; Let’s dive in!

2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit?  How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look at it? 

A: I kinda edit as I go. I’m part of a critique group who meet once a month and whatever I happen to be working on at the time, I bring a chapter of it with me for feedback. I don’t integrate their advice immediately, but I do set it aside and when I’m ready for my first “official” self-edit, I take out their notes (and mine, because I remind myself to go back and fix or change certain things as I write) and then I dive in. After I’ve smoothed out these bumps, I will read my manuscript, top to bottom, with an eye to improve or watch out for certain things. This is different for every manuscript, but I do always tend to focus on making sure I’m getting inside my characters heads more. I have a tendency to rely on action (hence why there’s always an external journey to balance the internal one) and forget to humanize my characters. Then, I ask my writing buddy and a couple of beta readers for feedback. I’ll integrate their responses and then send the book off to my editor 😉.

3.  Are you part of a writer’s group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?

A: Yes. I used to belong to 4 groups, whittled it down to 3, and now I’m maintaining my addiction with 2 – lol! I am the Chair of the Writers’ Community of York Region. When I lived in that area, I relied heavily on their networking opportunities and speaker/workshop offerings to help refine my craft and learn about the business. My other groups were/are critique and writing support groups. We meet once a month to share our writing goals, news, work on prompts (for those who’d like to), and share our works in progress. If I had to do this alone, I don’t think I would have made it this far.

4.  What are your favorite:

Books/authors/genres
~ I love fantasy and adventure (YA/NA/Adult). The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Wrinkle in Time series’ launched my love-affair with adventure/quest books. Today, some of my favourites are The Green Rider series, Harry Potter, City of Ashes, Fire Study, and the Throne of Glass series’… to name a few.

Movies/TV Shows
~ I must say, I do like an awesome action flick. Indiana Jones and the Goonies helped kindle my early love of action/adventure. I gravitate toward movies that balance their genre blending. I like a lot of action, some drama, subtle humour, and romance (not love stories, they make me cry – I need the HEA or HFN of a true romance).

As for TV shows, ditto. My absolute fav was Alias when it aired, a close second would be Castle. I like Supernatural, Grim, Legacies, Star Trek TNG (if you want to go old-school), and shows with a touch of lightness like the rebooted Magnum P.I., Lethal Weapon, and The Rookie.

Music
~ I’m a rocker to the bone. I will listen to pop rock, rock and roll, hard rock, country rock, you name it. I’ve even dabbled in 80s hair metal and some crossover metal/rock. My absolute favourite band is Shinedown. My go-to for singing at the top of my lungs in the car are Sass Jordan, Pat Benatar, Kelley Clarkson (her earlier stuff), Melissa O’Neil (one album was not enough), Bon Jovi (post marriage), Def Leppard (Adrenalize onward) and Theory (formerly “of a Dead Man”).

Food/Writing snack
~ I’m a chocoholic. I don’t drink coffee and I only drink herbal tea when I’m ill so hot chocolate is a staple in my house. However, my go-to snack when writing is Doritos or, if I’m trying to keep the calories down, popcorn flavoured rice cakes – the big ones. I like things that crunch and are savory. The chocolate is dessert 😉... any time of the day.


About the Author:

Growing up in Ontario, Canada, MJ was the only child of a single mom. MJ’s passion for the arts ignited at a young age as she wrote adventure stories and read them aloud to close family and friends. The dramatic arts became a focus in high school as an aid to understanding character motivation in her writing. Majoring in Theatre Production at University, with a minor in English, she went on to teach both elementary and high school for 10 years throughout Simcoe County.

MJ currently lives with her husband and young son in Caledon, Ontario. She keeps busy these days with her emerging authors’ website Infinite Pathways: hosting writing contests, providing editing services, free publicity tips, book reviews, and opportunities for authors to build their writing platform and portfolio. In addition she writes articles, works freelance writing and editing, and is preparing to launch her first science fiction novel The Chronicles of Xannia: Time’s Tempest on October 1st, 2014. She firmly believes that if she hadn’t been born a Virgo, she would not be half as organized as necessary to accomplish everything in her daily agenda.



Giveaway:
  • 5 lucky winners will win an eBook of FINAL YEAR, International.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/4/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt
3/5/2019- BookHoundsGuest Post
3/6/2019- Kelly P's Blog- Excerpt
3/7/2019- Lisa Loves LiteratureSpotlight
3/8/2019- Down The Rabbit HoleExcerpt
                            
Week Two:
3/11/2019- Defining Ways- Excerpt
3/12/2019- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
3/13/2019- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
3/14/2019- Smada's Book SmackSpotlight
3/15/2019- Cheyenne Reads- Interview
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4 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa!
    Thanks so much for interviewing me today :)
    I just want to let everyone know that I will be popping by the blog several times throughout the day, so if anyone has any questions about the book, writing, publishing, the industry, etc. I'll do my best to answer.
    MJ

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Having authors visit my blog and comment is the coolest thing for me!

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  2. Final Year is an exciting read. Great author interview.

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