Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name and where you are from.
My name is Judy Moore. I’m a lifelong resident of Florida and recently moved to Vero Beach in South Florida from Gainesville.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up in Miami playing competitive tennis. I was a highly ranked junior player, played for Florida State University, travelled in Europe, and later became a teaching pro. While at FSU, I became interested in journalism and went on to get a master’s degree in journalism at University of Florida. I worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine feature writer, and editor of national business publications. Because of my tennis background, I also wrote about tennis for several years, as well as other sports. Now, I’m at the point in my life where I can write what I really want to write—fiction. I have one daughter, Jennifer, who lives in California with her husband, Patrick.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My new thriller, The Mother-in-Law, has become very popular. In December alone, it had a half million pages read on Kindle Unlimited. My previous whodunit, Murder in Vail, also has a growing following of readers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in college because I wanted to become a journalist.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
From the time my first article was published, decades ago.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I grew up reading Agatha Christie and have always loved reading and watching mysteries. When I took an early retirement from my full-time editing job, I decided it was time to write what I’ve always wanted to write – mysteries. In the past few years, I’ve written three mystery novels and six novellas.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I think there is high interest in the relationship between new spouses and their mothers-in-law. Will they get along? Will there be problems? Mothers-in-law often get a bad rap, usually unwarranted, but in this case, rightfully so. So I wanted to keep the title simple. I think the name The Mother-in-Law, along with the image I chose, portrays the mysterious nature of the book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in a simple journalistic style. Grab the reader’s attention and hold on to it. Use quotes effectively and succinctly. Above all, don’t let the reader get bored. Keep the story moving. The biggest challenges in writing mysteries is to give the readers enough clues without giving away the killer.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic,and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Other than the setting of the oceanfront south of St. Augustine, Fla., the story is completely fiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?Nowadays with everything available on the Internet, you don’t necessarily have to travel. But it certainly helps with description and details.I have spent time in every locale I’ve written about, usually not at the time of the writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
All of my covers except for The Mother-in-Law were designed by my publisher BTGN. Another writer and I worked on the cover of The Mother-in-Law together.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The book is primarily for entertainment for people who love thrillers and mysteries, to give them a break from reality and an enjoyable reading experience. If there is a message in this tale, it’s that an individual’s nature rarely changes and certain extreme personalities will do anything to get what they want, regardless of the impact on the lives of others.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Yes, I have been quite taken lately with the works of Australian Lianne Moriarty who wrote Big Little Lies. (The book was so much better than the HBO series.) My two favorite authors are Carl Hiaasen and Michael Connelly who, coincidentally, both graduated from the University of Florida journalism school where I went. Journalists just have a crisper way of telling a story and, as I mentioned, don’t let you get bored. They keep the stories moving and don’t go into too much self-indulgent description and narrative as so many writers do. It’s all about writing with the reader constantly in mind.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing has always been my career. This is just a different path. But I don’t do it full-time. I write when the mood strikes me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not the main story, but I might have made some of the situations a little more intricate. But basically I’m happy with it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
You always learn when you write.Just like anything else, you get better the more you practice, practice, practice.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Maybe Jessica Lange as the mother-in-law, Lily Collins as the daughter-in-law, and Chris Pine as the husband.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep it simple. Focus on the story more than the writing. Never forget to keep the reader involved and entertained.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope my stories give you a pleasant reading experience, make you laugh out loud at least a time or two, include a few jaw-dropping surprises and, most of all, never bore you!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I love swimming, playing golf, and walking on the beach with my dog. I no longer play tennis because of injuries, but love watching tennis on television. I also love to read other mystery authors and paint.I take lessons whenever I can.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I always enjoy a good mystery and occasionally binge watch a particularly good show on Netflix, Showtime and HBO series. Right now I’m into Ray Donovan. Best series I’ve seen in awhile are The Handmaid’s Tale and The Fall.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d still be happy as a clam doing everything else I like to do.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She was a lot of fun.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My Amazon author site and my Goodreads site.