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-
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.
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