Name Chrissy Moon
Where are you from
Southern California, born and raised!
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I did some college. I went to an international university and majored in international relations. I left it to follow another dream of being a wife and a mother.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest thing is that I have a new release called Surreal Enemies: Angel City. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I hope you guys like it.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing my first book in 2011 from an inspiring scene that just came to me out of nowhere. I didn’t think I would actually finish it.
But everyday when I went to work I would add to the scene more and more, and before I knew it, I had over 80,000 words ready to submit to a publisher.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I feel like I’ve always been a writer, but I suppose it happened somewhere between my pre-teens through high school.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Emotions! A lot of my feelings about being put down all my life by people I trusted. The ‘quit yer bitchin’ attitude I developed about myself in my early 30’s. The strength I found when I decided I was going to stop letting toxic people into the sacred zone of my heart.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m pretty sure I do. I just don’t know what it would be called yet.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was going to call my first novel Surreal Desolation, but when I thought about it, I realized I wanted my words to uplift, to be that encouragement I wish I had during those times. My main character is fighting an ecstasy addiction in the beginning of the story, so when you think about both meanings of the word (since it’s a romance as well), the title makes sense.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely. It’s women’s fiction, but the message is not just for women. Stand up and be strong. Leave that toxic relationship. It’s okay to be alone. You be your own light, and if you find love, let it add to it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Well, with the angel, demon, and gods aspect of it, it’s obviously pretty unrealistic, but everything else, the places, relationship situations, etc, the book should be relatable to a lot of people.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s a mix of my own experiences, other people’s experiences, and my imagination. I arrange it in a way that makes sense to me, that hopefully makes sense to readers.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Great Expectations (even though I didn’t read it all the way through), The Good Earth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and most of Richelle Mead’s books.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I always have a super long list of books I’m reading. I think it’s under 20 right now. But right off the top of my head, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark, and a butt load of work by my author friends. Indie books are the best. They’re more pure and make for great storytelling.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A great deal of them. I have met so many authors that really arrange words in a fantastic way. There’s just so many of them. I’m like a sponge absorbing all their words.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m finishing up my sequel to DayDreamer, a YA paranormal romance. But just like my reading list, I always have a lot of projects orbiting around me, and in all genres: horror, chick lit, and more from the Surreal God Generation series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Author groups and friends. They’ve been amazing to me, not only because of their support of my work but also by being there for me when they didn’t have to.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not at all! I’m very happy with the way it is. Once I finish a project, I don’t look back, as far as creation is concerned. Every book is a work of art to me, and every work of art has to stand true for the time it was created, quirks and all.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes. It was because I liked a boy as a young girl but I couldn’t find the words to say to him. So I wrote him a note. I ended up writing him lots of notes. It was the only way I could say what I wanted to say because I was never a great speaker.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Kayla is a teenager with the power to see other people’s daydreams. In the current installation I’m working on, her parents get taken and she has to live in an underground city for her own safety. In this book, I delve into some more of her family’s mythology and background. Kayla discovers that a boy she’s been seeing has made a sacrifice for her that she wasn’t even aware of.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes I’ll write myself into a corner, but that’s part of the fun. If your imagination is big enough, you’ll never get caught in a corner.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t really have one favorite author, but I suppose you could say it’s Richelle Mead. She has studied theology in college and it shows in her work. Her writing is intelligent, a bit naughty, and a bit emotional with great twists.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not at all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
As far as my novels are concerned, I usually have a vague idea of what I want the cover to look like, and my publisher will make it into reality. We bounce ideas off each other until we come up with perfection. For the anthologies, I have no control over the cover, but I’ve always completely loved the covers that were designed. For my poetry self-published book, my son Chance designed it. He also makes a lot of banners and memes for me.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For this last book, since it’s a sequel, I struggled to expand upon the mythology of the first book while staying true to every word in it. I purposely leave open threads in my books to come back and address later.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot of things! I’m not sure how to pinpoint it, but one thing I learned is that when inspiration hits you, write it down right away. Don’t let it slip away, because who knows when that inspiration will return? My books are a package of assorted inspired scenes, and I like them that way.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Your book will become a product that other people will see and judge for themselves, and that’s okay. What they think of your book has nothing to do with you as a person. Learn from constructive criticism, but always keep your voice pure.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Oh, I don’t talk to my imaginary friends anymore. Just kidding! I am obsessed with you, Mooniacs. You don’t know how significant it is to my life that something I’ve written has affected you in a hopefully positive way.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I have no idea. I read a lot of Judy Blume books when I was little, but I don’t remember what the first book was.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Jim Gaffigan is my favorite comedian. I like him because he’s a clean comedian and doesn’t feel like he has to insult everyone or use awful language to be popular. He is a family man and is always with his wife and children. He is also Catholic and uses that in his jokes sometimes.
What makes me cry? A lot of things. I take myself too seriously sometimes, so learning how to laugh at myself was an important lesson for me.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I have no idea. There are so many people I’d like to meet.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
What a thought! I think that’s something I’d have my children pick for me. Hopefully it will be simple and sweet.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I like to paint abstract art, but I’m really not good at it.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorite top 3 sitcoms are I Love Lucy, King of Queens, and That 70’s Show, in that order. I love cop shows, including Criminal Minds and Grimm. I also love American Horror Story, but I am always a season behind because I don’t have a cable connection at home, so I have to buy my shows on DVD and watch them then.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I don’t really have a favorite food right now, I suppose because I’m on a type of diet. My sister recently introduced me to ground turkey, which I love when sautéed with some garlic, onions, mushrooms and baby spinach leaves. My favorite food of all time is popcorn, especially movie theater popcorn. I can’t live without it!
My favorite colors are pink and green. You will also see me in Seahawks colors pretty often.
As far as music, I love country. That’s “real music” to me. I love the band Home Free. Look them up and fall in love!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I really wanted to be an Egyptologist, so probably that. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a language interpreter for the United Nations in New York, so I tried to fill my head with the basics to as many languages as I could. I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve learned, though.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes, it’s http://www.chrissymoon.com/
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Chrissy-Moon/e/B00BEJZKZ6/
Surreal Enemies: Angel City: http://www.amazon.com/Surreal-Enemies-Angel-Chrissy-Moon-ebook/dp/B016U11RBS/