Author interviews are a helpful way to learn about new and established writers. After doing nearly 150 of them since I started blogging, I took a break from Eden’s Exchange in 2015.
I’m happy to restart my series with an interview of author, James Moushon. James is a tireless promoter of others, and it’s my pleasure to shine a light on him for a change.
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James, let’s learn a bit about you. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
I am a Mystery Writer about 40 percent of the time and a Book Industry blogger 60 percent. My day job is long gone but I am busier now than ever. I started the blogging part after I saw the difficulties authors were having gaining exposure and dealing with the technical part of the process. It is my way of giving back.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would have started writing fiction earlier in life. I wrote magazine articles, computer manuals and seminar outlines as part of my computer business and just thought about writing fiction. Then, finally, I got the free time to write without a schedule or a deadline.
What profession other than your own would you like to try?
Detective James Moushon. I enjoy solving a mystery. I like the detail, the investigation and the who done it part.
Cool answer, especially for a mystery writer! What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
This question is a no-brainer. My family. My loving wife, my two sons and my daughter and their children. Without them, I would not have made it.
As a writer, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Early on, I enjoyed reading Hemingway who wrote about life’s experiences and Christie who put together who-done-its that were great reads.
What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?
Get a professional to edit your work. Get someone that knows their business and will share problems they see with you right up front. That would not only include the grammar but the plot.
I could not agree more. How do you market yourself?
I use my website and blogs to do most of my marketing. I feel helping other authors helps me market myself to the reading community.
And you’ve helped so many, including me. 😉 What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer?
I enjoy the process of creating the ideas, outlining the story and seeing it all come together. The editing of the material is my least favorite. I found early on that was my weak spot so I seek out people who know how to edit.
What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the research a lot. I print out my internet searches and document my interviews with people about the scene or event I am writing about. Sometimes the copy of my research covers more pages than my book. If I come across something that is unique to the story but doesn’t fit into the storyline, I will include the material in the appendix of the book.
With the schedule I have set for myself, I don’t have time enough to write as much as I want.
Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?
Being from the computer world, this is one of my strong suits. I set up a database for each book that I have written. I have 3 in the can, as they say, one rewrite going, a set of 6 short stories, a rough draft of another one and an Author How-To Book in the works, all with databases.
Included in the database are tables for the book outline, characters, detail events, and pending questions plus a to-do list.
Are you working on another book now?
I am in the middle of a rewrite of my first novel. You learn so much after you get three books under your belt. The book is titled: Cajun Ghost. It is another Jonathon Stone Mystery. Here is the book’s blurb:
Another shooter in the murder of Arizona Senator Tad Closen is uncovered by Jonathon Stone.
CIA Agent Jonathon Stone’s purchase of an old rifle from a gun dealer leads him on a search for the owner of the gun. When he finds the owner, a Cajun gun for hire, he discovers that he was one of the shooters in Phoenix who murdered U.S. Senator hopeful Tad Closen.
The rifle purchase leads to a chain of events that threaten Stone’s cover, his life and puts the CIA Long Beach undercover operation in jeopardy.
As the search accelerates, fellow agent Carol Haney joins Stone on a journey that goes from California to the French quarter in New Orleans to Pioneer Park in Phoenix and to the mountain regions of Northern Arizona in an effort to catch the Cajun Ghost.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Look before you leap. Study the industry. You will quickly find out there is more to it than writing a good novel. Be organized. Get help from someone who knows what they are doing.
James, your current book is Operation Alpha Dog, a collection of 6 short stories.
What is the genre of it? Mystery and thrillers, Espionage
Why should people read your book?
Quick reads with lots of action, suspense and mystery.
What inspired you to write this collection?
I had lots of storylines running around in my head for Jonathon Stone so I tried the short story route. The reviews have been great so I am going to write another 6 pack of short stories (actually the rough drafts are complete).
How did you celebrate when you finished your book?
I get out of dodge. Whether it is someplace cool (I live in Phoenix) or a casino somewhere, I need to think about something else for a while and reboot.
Nice. Let’s finish with a fun lightning round!
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My Stan Musial statue. My wife disagrees with this answer, being a Cub fan and all.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? San Diego Old Town. I have spent many a night there.
Name a food you can eat every day. Raised on a farm in the Midwest, chicken is my final answer.
Favorite style of music? Country. Give me Waylon and Willie any time.
The best gift you’ve ever received? A great wife and three amazing children.
Thanks so much for sharing with us, James, and continued success in all your writing endeavours.
Connect to James
Twitter: @jimhbs | E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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James Moushon is a Mystery writer and a published writer in the electronic document field.
Starting over 15 years ago, he helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.
For more on James, go to his Amazon Author Profile.