Interview with Author N.W. Moors by Aoife Marie Sheridan 




1.   How did you start your writing career?

I’ve always written to a degree, but kept it to myself in journals. With the advent of self-publishing I grabbed some courage and decided to start telling my stories to the public.


2.      Tell us about a favorite character from your series.

I like most of the characters in The Black Swans and also the ones to come in the rest of the Antrim Cycle books. But my favorite might be Conn McLaren. I modeled his appearance on Michael Praed who played Robin Hood in the old BBC production of Robin of Sherwood. Conn is introverted, a musician and song writer, but he has a quiet courage that he uses to endure and eventually overcome his curse.


3.      Who is your favorite author? 

That is such a hard question. For fantasy books I like Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay, Charles de Lint, and Anne Bishop (I am loving her Others series).


4.      When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I write all different times of the day or night, as the inspiration strikes. It might be for a couple of hours at a time or to jot down some new dialog.


5.      What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

I was surprised to find how much I like the interaction with the readers (I’m introverted like Conn). Whether they like or hate my book, I find it interesting what they have to say and I’ve learned a lot from their observations.

6.      Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Always. I listen to a mix, mostly Celtic and folk, some classical, classic rock, and bands like the Avett Brothers.


7.      What books have most influenced your life?

I’d have to say The Little Country by Charles de Lint, The Fionavar Tapestry series by Guy Gavriel Kay, and The Black Jewel series by Anne Bishop. When I was younger it would be anything by Tolkien and Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein.


8.      What are you passionate about these days?

I love traveling and have spent some time in Great Britain and Ireland. I’m heading to France soon and can’t wait. I also spend a lot of time on genealogy (I use family names in my books) and I’m fascinated by the new advances in DNA testing for ancestry tracking.


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