Interview & Contest: Laura Moore

Today we welcome Laura Moore to Romancing the Book.  And many thanks go out to Stacey, one of our review staff, for providing the interview.  And here we go…

Stacey: So your latest release Trouble Me is the final book in the Rosewood Trilogy.  How does it feel to be moving on from the Radcliffe sisters?
LM: Tragic, really. I’ve calculated that I spent close to four years of my life thinking and writing about Margot and Travis, Jordan and Owen, and Jade and Rob. I came to love the Radcliffe-Maher-Gage gang and everyone else at Rosewood, humans and horses. Warburg became a real place for me.

So it’s a very weird feeling to be starting a new trilogy and trying to get to know a whole new group of people. I may have dreamed up the Knowles family that owns the Silver Creek Ranch but I’m still trying to figure them out. They’re not old friends yet. Luckily, I love meeting new people and already I’m intrigued by Tess Casari, my story’s heroine, and Ward Knowles, its hero.

Stacey:  I first found you when I purchased Believe in Me and even though I quickly discovered that it was book number two in the trilogy, it was great even as a stand alone book.  Which is more enjoyable for you as a writer, writing stand alone stories or a series?
LM: Thanks for the compliment! I think both stand-alones and series have their appeal, but right now I’m particularly enjoying the extended world-building that comes with writing a series. It also suits my temperament as a writer. I’m far more of a pantster than a plotter, and writing a series allows me to let the characters who wander into my imagination grow and eventually take center stage. That’s how Rob Cooper became the hero of Trouble Me. He made his first appearance and in Remember Me and I couldn’t stop thinking about him. By the time I got to Trouble Me, I knew he was the man for Jade.

Stacey:  I’ve read that you have a passion for the world of horses and that you used to compete.  The way that you write and incorporate these things in to your books is fabulous.  While writing did you allow yourself the opportunity to submerge yourself back in to the equestrian community or was it all from memory?
LM: I unfortunately don’t have the time or resources to ride and compete the way I used to but I think that when you love something deeply, it never leaves you. So it is with horses. It helps too that I still have friends who ride and are always happy to talk about their horses and training methods. When I can, I visit their farms and attend competitions.

Stacey: The Radcliffe sisters are a rather unique trio; you have the homemaker, the super model and the trouble maker.  While diversity in families isn’t uncommon, what was your inspiration for these three unique women?
LM: I don’t know if it was a matter of inspiration so much as the desire to be true to the Radcliffe family dynamics. I gave a lot of thought to how the sisters’ characters would have been shaped by their different experiences with their parents and used that as my starting point. Getting the sisters’ personalities right was actually one of my favorite parts in writing the trilogy.

Stacey: Besides horses I’ve read that you were a huge Jacques Cousteau fan and that partially inspired your heroine in Night Swimming.  What other interests and hobbies inspire your writing?
LM: Photography, painting, swimming, gardening, cooking, and eating– especially if it involves consuming vast amounts of chocolate or caffeine. That said, I love doing research about my characters’ work and hobbies. It allows me to live vicariously. These days I’m imagining that I’m the owner of a great guest ranch and busy raising sheep, cattle, and quarter horses…

Stacey:  Where can your fans find you – online (Facebook, Twitter, etc)?  Do you plan on having a book tour with Trouble Me?  Any personal appearances scheduled?
LM: I have a website, www.lauramoorebooks.com and I’m also on Facebook. There’s a ton of Laura Moores out there so if you’d like to ‘friend’ me—and I’d love that–just go to my website and click on the FB link.

My next book signing event is on May 12th at the authors’ book fair at the Connecticut Romance Writers Fiction Fest Conference in Southbury, CT. The book signing is free and there’ll be lots of great writers signing their books. For more information and the address, here’s the link: http://ctrwa.org/connecticut-fiction-fest-2012/. For my other appearances, check my website or friend me!

Stacey:  Can you share with us what you are working on next?
LM: I’ve started a new series, entitled the Silver Creek Series. The first book is called Tempting Tess. The series is set in Northern California on a guest ranch that has cattle, sheep, quarter horses and some truly fine cowboys. The heroine of my first story is Tess Casari, a young widow. She’s come to Silver Creek determined to make a new life for herself and to forget the heartache of her marriage. She’s also determined to keep her heart safe by steering clear of men. Unfortunately for Tess, there happens to be one man at Silver Creek, Ward Knowles, who is just a bit too tempting…

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Contemporary romance author Laura Moore began writing while pursuing a graduate degree in art education. Her first story filled an entire notebook before she realized that she might actually have penned a love story that others might want to read. Ride A Dark Horse, begun in a coffee-stained notebook, was published a year later.

Laura lives in Providence, RI, with her husband, two children, and their black lab. In addition to her writing, Laura also teaches English at the Rhode Island School of Design. One of her great thrills as a writer is to hear from readers. Please visit her at: www.lauramooreboooks.com or follow her on Facebook.

Contest details:

  • Laura is giving away 3 print copies of Trouble Me.
  • The contest is open to everyone, international readers included, over the age of 16.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
  • Because a valid email is needed to comment in WordPress, if you are ineligible for the contest, but still want to comment, please leave some sort of “don’t enter me in the contest” note in your comment.
  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Sunday, May 6.

 

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26 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Laura Moore

  1. Sue K says:

    I have read all three of the Rosewood books and loved them. I was sad for the series to end because Margot, Jordan and Jade were such great women. And I loved Travis, Owen & Rob.
    I am looking forward to reading your Silver Creek series.

    • Hi, Sue!
      Thanks so much for dropping by and thanks ever so much for the kind words about the Rosewood trilogy. As I told Stacey, It’s hard to say good bye to Margot, Jordan and Jade but I’m having fun with this new series. I just hope I can make my new characters as interesting and real for my readers. That’s always the challenge, isn’t it?

  2. Lisa H says:

    When you find yourself so close to the people of your series and now its over, do you notice your thoughts planning still more stories? Even though you know they probably will never be written or published? Do you still work out the future of the characters?? Or think, “That would happen to her”…..

    • Terrific question, Lisa!
      Absolutely. I have ideas for Scott and Emma Cooper, Rob’s brother and sister. But because I knew I’d be doing a new series, I’ve put them on the back burner, so to speak. I hope to return to them someday.

  3. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a fun interview! This is a new to me author and it was nice to make her acquaintance 🙂 Definitely going to have to go check out her books! Ummm… Since it sounds like you write what you know, do you often find yourself inspired by things out of the ordinary in your life? and what do you usually do w/ that?

    • Hi, Erin, so glad you dropped by and I hope you get a chance to check out the trilogy. Actually, a lot of research goes into my books, even when it’s a subject I’m supposed to know. I think the most exhaustive and nerve-wracking research I ever did was for Night Swimming where my heroine was a marine biologist. I had to learn all about coral reef ecology and how pollutants affected the coral and other dependent organisms. I was terrified I’d get something wrong. My hero was a mayor and that took quite a bit of research too. But the last thing I’d want to do is to shy away from a topic just because I don’t ‘know’ about it. Living vicariously through one’s characters is half the fun!

  4. Great interview Stacey! I love learning about new to me authors, sometimes it amazes me how much you have in common with them. And any book that has cowboys or horses has my attention!

  5. Maria pronounced Mariah says:

    This is the first I have heard of this series…but it certainly sounds like one I would devour! I am a total series junky! I read very few stand alones so this is right up my alley!

    Thanks for the chance!

    • Hi, Maria!
      Thanks for dropping by and good luck. If you get a chance to read the trilogy, please let me know what you think. I love to hear from readers!

  6. Jen B. says:

    Do not enter me in the contest. I just finished Trouble Me and I loved it! I kept making excuses for reading becuase I just didn’t want to put it down. It was fresh, fun and really well written. Congrats and I look forward to reading more of your work.

  7. Love that cover. I used to live in Wyoming and the mountains in the background took me back. (What? Did you think I was distracted by that oh-so worthy man chest? LOL!) Seriously, Trouble Me sounds terrific, Laura.

  8. May says:

    A little bit sad that this is the final story in the series but really looking forward to reading it! 🙂

  9. Anne says:

    Your books have brought me many hours of delightful enjoyment. Wishing you the best of success.

  10. Filia Oktarina says:

    Great interview!! I haven’t read Laura books. This series look interesting, i think i will add in my wish list. Definitely going to have to go check out her books!

  11. I haven’t read your book. But I’d love to give it a try, because it’s romance, and I love romance! 🙂
    One thing makes me mostly keep my eye into your books is because the cover model, Paul Marron, just like this one. 😀

  12. Leanna Hiner says:

    I love reading series! I get sad sometimes when a series ends, I just want them to go on forever. I can’t wait for your new series.

  13. Diane Sallans says:

    I haven’t read Laura’s books yet, but this is my kind of story & I do love a connected series! I hate to see them end too.

  14. bn100 says:

    I enjoyed the interview and finding out more about the characters. The books sound good.

  15. Jen @ RtB says:

    Thank you to everyone who stopped byt this week to support Laura. We have 3 copies of Trouble Me to hand out… so congrats to Lisa, Katy and ladymilano. Emails are on the way to each of you with directions on how to claim your prize.

    Jen

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