S.D. Moore the Multiple Award Winning Brain and Heart Damaged Author with Lupus Invites You to AMA Jan 13th, at 2 pm est Including About My 5-Star Rated Book: Before We Were Perfect.

Jan 13, 2018

About the Author

Multiple award-winning Author: S.D. Moore writes in spite of being a brain and heart damaged Air Force veteran with Lupus. She is the author of the highly rated dramatic comedy Before We Were Perfect, the Readers’ Favorite 2017 International Gold Medal (1st place) winner for horror novel Wicked Prayers, the award-winning children's book The Adventures of PJ and Split Pea and Basics to Business Minding Your Business with Excel. She is also a patented inventor of The Portable Hot Sink System; has an ABD towards a Doctorate of Education, holds dual master’s degrees in management and human resources development. 

Kickstarter for Before We Were Perfect: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/380699926/before-we-were-perfect?ref=email

Facebook: @SDMooreAuthor

Twitter: @SD_Moore1

Website: http://www.sdmooreauthor.com/

Before We Were Perfect is Availabe at:

Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/before-we-were-perfect-sd-moore/1127767826

Books-A-Million:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Before-We-Were-Perfect/S-D-Moore/9780999761205?id=7158601455906

All  Other Book Stores: https://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/099976120X

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Thank you for a very delightfully thought provoking session. If you would like to help me share this important new story, Before We Were Perfect, please post a link to the book on social media: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/before-we-were-perfect-sd-moore/1127767826?ean=9780999761205

Thank you!

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Jan 15, 12:08AM EST0

What inspired you to write horror novels and how did you achieve it?

Jan 13, 1:59PM EST0

I love a good horror story.  The first movie that I watched and first book that I read was horror. The story I wanted to tell, Wicked Prayers fit perfectly into the horror genre. How I acheived it is a bit more complicated. I created original creatures from my health monsters. I came up with most of the main characters by using aspects of my personality. I'm often straight to the point when I seek answers about things. I don't like nuanced answers so that's how Del Camron came into being. I love eating organic foods and my beliefs don't conform to a specific religion so I used that part of me to create Jack Richards. Julz and Jenn are versions of me from my youth.  The sultry yet tough Diana Hunt is also me from my military days. Kendra comes from my experience working for a crappy boss. The rest of the characters, including the villains are related to my life.

Jan 13, 2:17PM EST0

What were the main contributions to your achievement in writing the highly-rated dramatic comedy?

Jan 13, 12:52PM EST1

Realism is the main contribution to writing Before We Were Perfect. The setting was very important. That's why I picked watching the southern Aurora Borealis in Arizona because I've seen how beautiful it is. I also wanted to share the good, bad and hilarious issues with my health and I used Julz to do it. Finally I wanted to remind people about a real world military event that happened twenty years ago outside of Nellis Air Force Base, so I used David to help me tell that story.  Plus I included some other mishaps from my life. 

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Jan 13, 1:07PM EST0

If I can ask one more question is when will you your children work become a Saturday or daily broadcast?

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Jan 13, 12:28PM EST0

A cartoon of The Adventures of PJ and Split Pea huh? PJ is a little boy who uses kid logic to solve his problems which of course always gets him in trouble, but he also learns valuable lessons from his mistakes. I could see the story as a cartoon. It may be easier to release it as a video series through bookstores though. Either way that means I'll have to step up my pace writing more adventures for kids.

Jan 13, 12:56PM EST0

SD, if you could use your writing and directing style to remake a movie, what would it be?

Thank you, Pastormlsullivan

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Jan 13, 12:23PM EST0

I’d challenge myself to remake an old, but crazy one from 1959 called The Tingler. I have some wild ideas that would make the movie contemporary and heart racing scary.

Jan 13, 12:43PM EST0

You have a Absolutely great writing style that keeps the reader entertained ... I'm curious if a movie could be in the future,

Also big congratulations on your Award ... you are in the company of very few ... that must be a GREAT feeling 

looking forward to your next!!!

Nathan ( huge fan )

Jan 13, 12:04PM EST0

Wow! A huge fan? That's awesome! Thanks! I think that my new story Before We Were Perfect would make a great movie. It has humor, an intense military scene, a few dramatic scenes and it would be visually beautiful because of the Flagstaff Arizona mountains and Aurora Borealis. I included a few illustrations in the book to give readers an idea of my vision. 

I appreciate your support. Thanks for being a fan.


Jan 13, 12:42PM EST0

What is the difference between writing solo against writing with a team?

Jan 13, 6:59AM EST0

All of the responsibility for the content of the story falls on the shoulders of one person instead of several people. Plus, working solo makes the debate about content changes much easier.

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Jan 13, 9:55AM EST0

What was your feeling like when this comedy was rated as the Reader’s Favorite edition for 2017?

Jan 13, 5:24AM EST0

I was shocked. Heck I'm still grappling with the fact that I won for my first horror novel. It's been a shockingly awesome experience that has delighted me to tears.

Jan 13, 5:59AM EST0

What advice can you give to those pursuing a career in comedy writing?

Jan 13, 4:40AM EST1

You can't force the funny stuff. It has to be natural. Comics will tell you that the funniest jokes come from real life experiences. For example, two guys were standing in a sand dune on Mars arguing about eating a rock. That's ridiculous, unrelatable and therefore not funny.  Now try something most people can relate to personally or by annecdote. Two dudes at Joe's party were so stoned that they were arguing about whether people could eat rocks on Mars. Ridiculous, but people can relate to stoners talking crazy so it's humorous.

Jan 13, 5:50AM EST0

Do you ever research legends, real events, or myths to get ideas from?

Jan 13, 4:32AM EST0

I don't use research to come up with ideas for a story. I generally use research to make sure that I bring authenticity to the story especially when it comes to my theories about the science in science fiction, police work, equipment, verifying cultural beliefs and practices, etc.  I may write fiction, but certain elements need to be factually correct or readers will call me out about them.

Jan 13, 5:22AM EST0

What kept you going? What motivated you to stick it out?

Jan 13, 1:42AM EST0

I had two choices after being dealt this wicked hand of health. I could curl up in a ball of depression and self destruct or accept and play the hand that fate dealt me. I decided to fully get into the game. I reminded myself that I survived each close call with my cardio-vascular and Lupus hiccups for a reason; that I was given all of these stories for a reason. I felt that it would be an act of ungratefulness; a down right sin if I didn't keep going on this path to share these stories. No matter how hard it gets I have to keep fighting on until my body can't play this hand anymore.

Jan 13, 5:04AM EST1

What is your favorite horror book?

Jan 12, 5:10PM EST0

Cabal by Clive Barker. It has all of the elements that I find entertaining in a horror story: great original creatures, cool lines, horror and social jabs. 

Jan 12, 7:16PM EST0

Why should fans of horror movies rarely read horror books?

Jan 12, 11:11AM EST0

I think  that fans of horror movies should starting reading horror books to experience a different type of mental stimulation.

Jan 12, 1:07PM EST0

How do you feel about the horror boom of the 80’s and early 90’s? What did you learn from that era?

Jan 12, 8:57AM EST0

Some of the best and most original horror was created in the 80's and 90's.  The best werewolf, zombie, scary vampire, paranormal, alien and  comedic horror stories were introduced during that era. It seems like recent years we've been given weak remakes of the best hits specifically from the 80's. What I learned is that original horror reigns supreme.

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Jan 12, 1:54PM EST0

Did you come up with a story that was so wild, you almost believe it yourself?

Jan 12, 8:00AM EST0

Yes. In my horror novel Wicked Prayers I inserted a lot of symbolism that is directly related to my life. However, some of the stuff in there is pretty fantastic so it's more fantasy than real. My book Before We Were Perfect is realistic fiction so it's easier to walk in the shoes of the characters and accept their journey. Even the horror short at the end of Before We Were Perfect titled Black Widow is ridiculously believable.

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Jan 12, 8:43AM EST0

What was your first encounter with horror literature? Is it the one that made you choose that genre to write?

Jan 12, 5:38AM EST0

My first encounter with horror literature was reading The Exorcist at age 10. I've written books in a variety of genres. My first book was a nonfiction MS Excel manual. Next I wrote a series of childrens books called The Adventures of PJ and Split Pea. I chose to use the horror genre for Wicked Prayers because it was the best vehicle to tell my story. I do love reading and watching my idea of good horror. Good horror will usually have a bit of subtle social commentary weaved into it.  Although my current book, Before We Were Perfect is a romantic comedy, it has some very intense drama in it that would fit into the horror genre. Plus, it has a bonus short called Black Widow after the primary story.  Horror is my first love. It will bleed into every fiction book that I write. 

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Jan 12, 6:20AM EST0

What was the first horror book you remember reading?

Jan 12, 5:28AM EST0

The first horror book that I read was The Exorcist. My aunt had it. I used to sneak and read it when I was around ten years old. It was the scariest book I've ever read. It was scarier than the movie.

Jan 12, 5:51AM EST0

What is one stereotype regarding horror writers which is wrong?

Jan 11, 9:39PM EST0

They're all wrong. I tackle stereotypes about horror writers in my new book Before We Were Perfect. The lead male character in the story is David Greene. He is a horror writer who has to deal with others digging at him for being a potentially weird and dangerous person because he writes horror. I'm curious about what readers think of the way I addressed stereotypes about horror writers in my book Before We Were Perfect.

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Jan 12, 6:45AM EST0

Do you realize any competitive pressure from horror films? If not why?

Jan 11, 9:35PM EST0

Only if an unscrupulous film writer wants to take credit for something I've written; otherwise no. Usually horror stories are better in print than on the big screen. Horror readers love to have their imaginations stimulated to the point of being entertained by imagined images. Horror movie watchers who only watch movies could care less about reading a horror book because they prefer a different type of mental stimulation.

The bottom line is that I only feel pressure from a decrease in readers across all genres. That's why I also produce audiobooks to appeal to nonreaders.  However, if I had the money I would definetly produce movies and cartoons to satisfy movie watchers too.

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How can writers learn to deal with rejection?

Jan 11, 7:57PM EST0

Don't give up. I recommend trying to publish with small or independent publishers. Hundreds of thousands of writers believe that they have written the next best seller. Those same writers rush to the doors of large publishers in hopes of getting a book signing advance. Unfortunately, large book publishers can't sign everyone nor can they read through hundreds of thousands of manuscripts so a new writer's chance of getting published with the big guys is slim. However, a writer has a greater shot of being published through a small press first. Again, don't give up.

Good luck!

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