Today I am pleased to share with you a Q&A #Guestpost as my stop on the Blog Tour for TIGER TEMPLE by Steven Moore.
Tiger Temple by Steven Moore
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A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.
On the Island of the Gods, expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday after a long season guiding in the Peruvian Andes.
When a good friend’s greed leads him to betray Bali’s most notorious gangster, their peaceful community is left shell-shocked after the six-year-old daughter of its leader gets kidnapped in a vicious and violent raid.
What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before ‘The Rooster’ takes his sadistic revenge, and with the waking giant of volcanic Mt. Agung threatening to destroy them all, Kane risks everything to prevent a devastating tragedy.
The Tiger Temple is the exciting new starter to the Hiram Kane adventure series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s action thriller will leave you breathless.
Hi Steven. It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you. Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?
Hi there, everyone.
Thanks for having me on the blog tour… I really appreciate it.
I’m Steven Moore, a 40-something Englishman who spends 6 months a year at my home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the rest exploring the world with my travel writer wife, Leslie. We have 2 cats, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I have a weakness for wine, food and books. I’m also an amateur painter and a photographer, and my wife is much better looking than me.
What made you want to write adventure books?
My Hiram Kane action adventure thrillers are largely inspired by my own life and travels. I’ve been gallivanting around the planet since 1994, and I’ve hardly stopped, and while I don’t get into quite the same dangerous scrapes as my main character Hiram, I’ve had my fair share of adventures. I also love the Indiana Jones movies, and like Indiana Jones (and Hiram), I too have a degree in archaeology, anthropology and art history, all of which feature heavily in my stories. Also, there’s so much freedom in this genre that no one can tell me what to do. I write what I am passionate about!
Do you have a research process prior to writing? If so, which is your favourite part and why?
I don’t exactly have a formal process, no. I have visited almost every location that features in my Kane books, so that in itself is research, and I am always inspired by the amazing places I visit and people I meet. I ALWAYS carry a notebook and pen and am constantly taking notes on locations, names, and local customs etc., so I have settings in my mind and on paper to fall back on when I’m ready to write scenes. And Google is a writer’s second best friend. An imagination is obviously first!
Do you have a certain time or place you like to write?
Actually, I don’t. I am not a full-time fiction author so I have to write in and around my other work. I’m lucky that I make my living writing, so the transition to fiction from editing other people’s books or content writing isn’t such a stretch. I can switch between the different forms of writing quite easily.
Do you have a set plan for writing your novels? I have seen some authors use a matrix; do you have anything like that?
No, not really. I have my own formula, which involves planning each scene and chapter, but quite often it veers quickly away from that in surprising, often better directions. I try and keep it quite relaxed.
How long, on average, does it take to write your novels?
I write the first drafts of most of my books in about a month. But I don’t generally edit as I go, so it’s a pretty rough draft. The editing process always takes a lot longer but I am trying hard to streamline the entire process so I can publish quicker without losing any quality.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Both for my fiction and other writing work, the beauty for me is being able to work from anywhere, which is important as I spend many months a year in hotels around the world. The freedom writing-for-a-living gives me is amazing, and I feel lucky I’ve found something I both love and am apparently pretty good at.
Are there any other genres you would like to write but daren’t?
‘Daren’t’ is the wrong word… I am reluctant to write romance, because if you ask my wife she’ll tell you I don’t know anything about it. One day I hope to write a literary epic, and my near-future plan is to write a serial killer crime series after my Kane series is complete. A good wordsmith should almost be able to write in any genre. I hope to prove I’m a good wordsmith!
Do you have any advice for wannabe authors, young and old?
There is so much advice out there and so much to learn, but I’m still a relative novice so I’m not the best author to ask. As I mentioned before, just begin by writing what you are passionate about and see where it takes you. Remember, finished is better than good. There is no perfect, so don’t strive for it. And after the writing is finished, learn from others how to market your books. That is the hardest part, and someone always knows more than you do.
Thank you for giving me your time. One final question, is there anything else that you want to mention (that hasn’t already been covered above)?
It should go without saying, but sadly it doesn’t. If you take one thing away from this interview, dear readers, let it be this:
ALWAYS REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ.
Reviews are so important to independently published authors like me. Without reviews, it is much more difficult to find new readers. Even if you don’t like the book that much, please still review it. Even if it’s just a few words, a couple of sentences, it only takes a minute to post a review on Amazon or Goodreads, and every single review is priceless. So, on behalf of myself and everyone who has ever published a book, thank you in advance for leaving your invaluable reviews. They make our day, and might even help us succeed in this super-difficult business of selling books.
About the Author
Steven Moore grew up (apparently) by a beach in England. An avid (average) sportsman, painter, photographer and reader, those loves were only trumped by his love of travel and writing. To date he has visited 53 countries, and has lived and worked on five continents. Highlights include trekking in the Andes and Himalayas, scuba diving all over the world, teaching English in Korea, and eating anything and everything, wherever he happens to be. Oh yes, and sampling local beers, obviously.
Steven now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, freelance journalist Leslie Patrick Moore, and though they’ve at last found a beautiful home base, the next adventure is always just around the corner.
Steven has recently published the first three installments of his action thriller series, ‘The Tiger Temple’, ‘The Samurai Code’, and ‘The Condor Prophecy’, to great acclaim, and the 4th, ‘The Shadow of Kailash’, is coming in spring of 2018.
Early tributes for ‘The Samurai Code’:
“Starts fast and doesn’t let up.”
“An unremitting whirl throughout.”
“Thrilling from start to finish.”
“Great action, history & a dash of mystery.”
“Fast-paced and brilliantly written adventure thriller.”
“Moore has a crisp, economical style, and sets the scene well. The story, while bleak, is shot through with moments of pathos…compelling from start to finish” – Mark Dawson, bestselling author of the John Milton, Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and Soho Noir series.
Steven has also published a well-received literary coming of age novel, ‘I Have Lived Today’, as well as a popular short story, ‘The Death of Helena.’
To follow Steven’s writing career and learn about new releases, go to his imaginatively named author website, ‘Steven Moore, Author.’