Bec: Welcome to my blog, please start out by sharing a little bit about yourself –
I’m David Moody, author of the Hater and Autumn novels. I’m from the UK and live just outside Birmingham with my wife and daughters. I’m the only male in the house, and it’s hard going! (Even the dog’s a bitch!). I’ve been writing seriously for longer than I care to mention (almost 20 years, I think), and I’ve been a full-time writer since 2008. I’d been self-publishing with a fair amount of success for several years when my books were acquired by a major US publisher after Guillermo del Toro bought the film rights to Hater.
Bec: What first got you interested in writing?
I actually had a burning desire to make films, but back in the day when I was at school, it was pretty much impossible to get into movie making. There were very few courses, and limited opportunities. I ended up working in a bank! I was going out of my mind behind the counter, and so decided to try and write the stories I’d been working on, rather than trying to get them filmed. I set myself a target of writing a page a day, and within five months I’d finished my first novel.
Bec: What are the worst struggles you think writers face, writing and marketing?
There are several, I think. It used to be hard for a writer to get their work published, but self-publishing and ebooks etc. have made it possible for anyone to connect with literally millions of potential readers. The downside of that, however, is that the marketplace is now incredibly crowded. Whether you’re self-publishing, being published for the first time by a press, or an established author, I think one of the key issues writers have today is keeping themselves in the public eye. We’re all bombarded with books, TV, music etc. constantly, and it’s a struggle for an author to a). build up a following and b). keep their readers’ interest.
Bec: Tell us about your book/s –
I have two major series just coming to an end. The AUTUMN books are traditional character-focused zombie stories with a few twists which differentiate them from other similar books. There’s a wealth of information and over 100,000 words of free AUTUMN fiction available here: www.lastoftheliving.net. The HATER books are often referred to as zombie novels, but they’re not really. They’re a trilogy of books about a world tearing itself apart when one third of the population (the Haters) are forced to do all they can to kill the other two thirds (the Unchanged). Again, more information can be found over at the HATER website: www.thehatertrilogy.com
Bec: Are you working on a sequel/s?
Both series are actually coming to an end right now, and I’m moving on to something new. The final HATER book – THEM OR US – came out last November, and the final AUTUMN book – AFTERMATH – is out in March.
Bec: What other projects are you working on or involved with?
I’ve got a stack of projects I’m juggling right now. I’m reworking two early novels TRUST and STRAIGHT TO YOU with a view to republishing them later this year, and I’m also planning two further novels and a five book horror/science-fiction series. I’m also working on an independent film, tentatively called ISOLATION, the first part of which we’re hoping to shoot this summer. There’s a little more about that over at www.isolationmovie.net
Bec: What was the title of the first story you ever wrote?
I can’t remember any of the stories I wrote at school (it was too long ago now!), so I’ll just have to go with my first novel, STRAIGHT TO YOU.
Bec: What’s your favorite color?
Bec: Do you like to listen to music while you write or have complete silence?
Both. I have a playlist I write to. I can’t write listening to people singing, strangely enough, so it’s all instrumental. There are a lot of artists on it: Bowie, NIN, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Unkle to name but a few…
Bec: If you could call Satan and ask him one question, what would it be?
I wouldn’t get an answer. Don’t believe in any gods, so I don’t believe in devils either!
Bec: What genres do you most like to read/write?
I like to write about ordinary people who find themselves in extreme situations, usually apocalyptic in nature. I think the end of the world is a great environment for looking at how people react and interact with each other – it’s very extreme, and there’s no safety net for any of your characters.
Bec: Do you find writing a lonely profession?
Yes, but I like the solitude so I don’t mind. It tends to be one extreme or the other with me… I spend months alone writing books, then end up at conventions and signings etc. telling loads of people at a time what I’ve been up to! In all honesty, I prefer the writing part of the job!
Bec: What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
I have 26 joint favourites. I couldn’t pick one.
Bec: What would you share with a beginning writer?
You’ll probably spend most of your time telling yourself you’re a completely crap or completely brilliant writer. My guess is you’re probably wrong. Let your readers decide for you, and listen to what they say.
Bec: What’s your favorite thing to eat peanut butter on?
Fresh white sliced bread.
Bec: What do you wish someone would have told you when you first started your writing journey?
To have faith, because all those hundreds and hundreds of hours working will be worth it. You come across a lot of doubters when you start telling people you want to write books.
Bec: Money no longer exists. What could you do as a ‘trade’ to support your family in a world based on the barter system?
I’d operate a protection racket.
Bec: Do you think having other writers as friend is a good thing for your growth as a writer?
Absolutely. Reading other people’s work and discussing it with them is vital. Even if you don’t discuss it with the authors, I believe you should read as much as you can. And if you’re not reading, watch films. Stimulate your brain!
Bec: What’s your favorite book? Why?
The Day of the Triffids. It was the first apocalyptic book I’d read and it changed how I thought about things. It took a bizarre premise (the population of the planet are blinded, then hunted by eight foot tall carnivorous walking plants) and made it feel believable.
Bec: You walk into the kitchen to sit down for supper and a camel is standing at your place, eating your food. What do you do?
Leave the kids to eat with the camel and take the missus to the pub!
Bec: Who’s your favorite author? Why?
John Wyndham (author of Triffids). Why? As I mentioned in my last answer, reading his work changed everything for me and set me on the path to writing the kind of books I write!
Bec: Is there anything you would like to share that I haven’t asked you about?
Not that I can think of. That’s some pretty intense questioning, Bec!
Bec: Thank you for stopping by and sharing! Best of luck with your book and future projects!
You’re welcome and thanks for having me!
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