30 April, 2015

#Interview with Leanora Moore, #Author of Rhymes from the Heart

At the age of 36, I have a loving and supportive husband who has been by my side for 15 years, and I have five wonderful teenagers.

As a litle girl I always had a notebook, where I could write my dreams and fantises down. Growing into adulthood I would read other authors work and say to myself that I want to do the same thing. At the age of 31 I decided to write my first novel titled The Caress of a Younger Man. Since then I have followed it by Heavenly Kingdom and started The Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It Series which focuses on plus size women and the men they love.

I started this series because I wanted to create a movement for plus size women in the world, so that they know that they are beautiful and intelligent, and they also deserve a happy ending.

In the Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It Series, the books are titled Smooth As Silk, Finding Love Within, and His Forgotten Lover, and Planning For Forever. Recently added was Volume One of the Musical Curves Series titled Rhymes From The Heart, with Volume Two titled Producing Love Together coming soon.

Though out the whole process of becoming a published author I have learned that to write a great novel you have to be willing to learn and apply the information. I also thank all the authors that offered me advise and knowledge.

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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?  
When I was a little girl, I was always writing and coming up with my own fairytales and as I continued through school, English was always my favorite subject.

What inspires you to write? 
My readers are my biggest motivation, because when I get messages that my stories about Plus size women inspire them that makes me more determined to give them my best.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story? 
Rhymes From The Heart combines my love for music and my love for romance and is also the first book in my Musical Curves Series.

Is there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day? 
Yes, I have a whole notebook full of ideas just waiting to be written. As I prepare to start a new project I'm always adding more to it as I brainstorm for new plots.

Tell us about your writing process. 
I start by brainstorming different plots, then pick the best one that fits the theme of the series. Next, I outline the book from beginning to end. That's followed by research on the location, occupations, ect. Then the magic starts with beginning my first draft, and after three or four drafts of fine tuning and polishing, its off to my editor.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why? 
My favorite scene in Rhymes From The Heart was when Tazmin and Pamela squared off after Tazmin found out about Pamela and Adonis being together behind her back. You could feel the tension between them, then Tazmin dismisses Pamela like she was gum on the bottom of her shoe, instead of giving Pamela the fight she wanted with the press watching.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks? 
Yes, Tazmin inherited my need to take care of family and friends, and my quick temper if someone messes with them.

What is your most interesting writing quirk? 
I don't like anyone reading my work until its the final draft.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date? 
To always give your readers the best, and to give the best you need to keep an eye on the trends of my genre.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing? 
Study the industry, your craft as a writer,  and the wants of your readers.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry? 
Food, books, and water.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind? 
Reading and spending time my family. My favorite place is my office where I know I can get my alone time without being distributed.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list? 
Travel to Italy, Jump out of a plane, Go on a 7 day cruise.

What do you have in store next for your readers? 
I'm releasing Volume Two of the Musical Curves Series. titled Producing Love Together on May 29, 2015.

Tazmin Foster had the fame and the money that she had always dreamed of, but most importantly she had her family and friends that she loved dearly. Running her own record label was challenging, but she thrived under pressure and wouldn't have traded her life for anything in the world. When it came to her romantic life, Tazmin hadn't date much, because all the men she had dated all turned out to be trying to use her to further their career.

Adonis Elliott was an independent rapper with a huge fan base, and he loved having his music heard by his fans. As a well-known ladies man, he also loved the ladies and their eagerness to please him, which come along with the price of being famous.

Can two people with different values on dating find a middle ground so they could at least become friends, or will desire play a huge role in their relationship and lead them down the path of no return?