Welcome, David. It’s so nice to be hosting another Muse author.
1. I noticed you were born in Australia, but you moved to Ireland. When did you move and how did this affect you?
I was three years old, so I was possibly kicking and screaming. My parents, who are Irish, got engaged in Ireland and went to Australia to get married where I was born. My father inherited a farm back in Ireland so we all returned. I've done plenty of travelling since I hit my twenties, not sure if the early globe crossing caused the wanderlust. I used my Australian citizenship to spend a year there; it's a beautiful country.
It was interesting growing up in such a big family. Nowadays, when everyone is back for Christmas, it's a madhouse. There's always about twenty conversations going on at once. If we put on a movie, we need subtitles to follow what's going on over the hubbub of ever-present noise. And that's after the younger generation have been put to bed. There's certainly many interesting stories from the old days. I can remember putting my two year old sister in a dryer and turning it on. I was very young and had no idea how dangerous it was. She later pushed me out of the milking parlour attic onto a herd of cows.
3. Do you ever use your experience in your writing?
I don't consciously use my experience of growing up on a farm. But I'm sure most writing comes from the subconscious, so who knows how much of what happened when you were younger affects later artistic works.
4. Your bio doesn’t say where you are living now. Please let our readers know and why you decided to live there.
I live in Dublin. It's a young and vibrant city and I've always liked it. (It doesn't rain as much as the west coast of Ireland, only every other day.) It's a good job I'm happy here because my house is in severe negative equity right now due to Ireland's economic woes.
5. Please describe a typical writing day for you. Do you have a set writing routine?
A writing day generally consists of me thinking of ways to put off writing. Then eventually I'll run out of things to do and be forced into putting fingers to the keyboard. Then I'll start writing emails. Not sure how I finished anything, to be honest. Some times I'll have huge enthusiasm and make create great progress, other times I can't motivate myself to write a word.
6. Here is a question I have started to ask all my guests. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter”?
I think I'm a combination. I'll plot out some ideas and once I know roughly where I'm going, I'll start writing. The pantser writing sessions determine the personalities of the characters and some of the minor twists and turns. After I've written a few early scenes, I'll flesh out the major plot further. So the pantser part of my writing drives the plotter part, and vice versa.
7. How did you get the idea for Crimson Dream?
I'm not sure. I just decided I wanted to write a novel and started thinking of ideas. I kept the ideas I liked and ignored the ones I didn't until I had enough to start writing. The ideas evolved during the writing process, but the core idea that drove the novel remained the same. What would someone do if they dreamed their sister would be killed? How would they protect her?
8. How long did it take you to get this, your first novel, published?
It took four years from when I started writing to when I finished, a very on-off process, which also included plenty of learning about how to write. Then another year and a half of shopping the manuscript around until I was accepted by MuseItUpPublishing. Then almost another year before it was finally published.
9. How did you find out about MuseItUp Publishing, which is my publisher too?
I found it through online searching. I got lucky, in that MuseItUp is proving to be a great place with fantastic writers, editors and cover artists. It's still new but I'm sure it'll be a success.
10. How long has your book been out and how have you promoted it? Are you planning to do any book signings or appearances?
My book has been out for four months. I've created a webpage and tried a bit of social media but I haven't had much success building a platform. Does keeping your fingers crossed that people will buy it count as promoting? Perhaps when the print version comes out, I'll make more progress.
My current WIP is close to completion and should be ready for submission within a few weeks. It's another YA fantasy. I'm really excited about it and hopeful that it can land a good publishing deal. It's called 'Odin versus Zeus' and contains real myths with the idea of being educational as well as entertaining. Here's a taste:
The Norse and Greek Gods take Joseph on a journey through some of their most famous myths. Joseph has to survive failing out of college, a thunderbolt from Zeus, the threat of being committed to a mental home and sinister drug dealers. All while judging who has the greatest mythology. The Norse or the Greeks. Odin or Zeus.
12. Where can we find your book? Will it be out in print soon?
I've just found out that there's a good chance the print version will be out in the next month. I can't wait to hold the copy in my hands. At the moment it's available from many ebook stores, including:
You can read the first three chapters and find out more details at my website: http://www.davidjnormoyle.com/
Thank you for being my guest and here is an excerpt from Crimson Dream.
Centuries ago, Deren's people fled to a hidden valley deep in the mountains chased by the Domain, whose powerful Seers could not find them.
Deren’s safe world disintegrates when his vision foretells his sister’s death by a Domain soldier. Deren can't defend Bennie because of his asthmatic attacks, so he trains her in archery and prepares his people for war against their ancient foe.
As the invasion advances, Bennie's mastery of the bow leads her along unexpected paths. Although she hates killing, she must make hard choices. Her loved ones will die if she doesn't help them.
Will Bennie’s encounter with an enemy prince prove the key to survival? Can Deren overcome his physical weaknesses and the doubts of his own father to lead his people?
With fate and overwhelming force stacked against them, it seems their best efforts will be in vain.
Excerpt from Crimson Dream
Deren tried to get up to help Oso and Bennie and fell onto his back. He began to gasp, his breath labouring through his lungs, fighting for every mouthful. He took deep sucking drags of air, clutching his neck with his hands. His own lungs were drowning him, refusing to breathe. He looked into the sky, thinking he would die. Although it was only twilight, a ghostly moon peeked over the trees.
Whistling noises crept up and down his throat. He prayed to the Goddess of the Moon. Yenara, help me. Please, don't let me die. Bennie needs me. Please.
A face swam across his vision. "Deren, are you okay?" the face asked. "Deren, try to calm yourself."
The voice was laden with worry. A hand touched the side of his face. Warm drops landed on his forehead. "Don't give up on me," the voice said in a fierce whisper.