Local Jefferson author, Timothy Moonlight, will be speaking at the Jefferson Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Moonlight will be talking about his book, “The Last Word.”
There will be coffee and donuts, as well as a drawing for a free book and e-audio book. Copies will be available for purchase, (cash or check only).
“This is a very suspenseful thriller, with descriptive scenes and many twists to keep you on edge,” one reader says. “I thoroughly enjoyed this story from a new author, but reads as if from a long time-novelist! Interesting characters that you easily love or hate, with a plot that keeps you on your toes.”
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR
The author answered questions on the book and his background, including the following:
What inspired you to write?
For me, writing is an internal drive. I wrote my first novel when I was 15, but never did anything with it afterward. However, from that point on in my life, I knew my purpose. My about page goes into a lot more detail (www.motivationbymoonlight.com/about/), but this has been a life-long journey for me. Now, that I’m actually writing again after so many years, I will never go back to a place of inactivity. We can accomplish so much in our lives if we apply ourselves. It took me finally getting fed up with not pursuing my dream and avoiding activities that were non-productive in my life to begin this journey. When I finally put my foot down and said “enough”, then I began to make progress.
What’s your favorite thing you have written?
This is a hard one and several things come to mind. There are several poems I have written in the past, “Journey,” “A Child’s Plea,” “Clinging” and “Next to You” immediately come to mind. As far as blog posts on my website, my favorite is “Leap of Faith.” “The Last Word,” my novel, has a ton of scenes that I enjoy. What makes writing beautiful is that it comes from the heart. When you really write something that resonates with you, you’re really showing a little bit of yourself. Expressing your thoughts, sharing your emotions, or even a memory, can make a powerful impact on readers.
What’s your favorite thing that someone else has written?
“Seize the Night” by Dean Koontz holds a dear place in my heart. The writing is superb and he is a masterful writer. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it, but you’ll have to start with Fear Nothing, since it is a sequel to that book. I think the setting makes a serious impact throughout the novel along with the characters. It’s an overall great story.
What are you working on writing now?
My next novel will revisit the 2nd book I began to write in college, but couldn’t finish due to a full-time job along with my class load. So, there is a ton of history between the origin of the story and where I’ll actually go with it. I wouldn’t say that too much will change between what I’d envisioned back then and what I think of the idea now, but you never know. When I’m writing, I find myself adding to the story in ways that make sense. A thriving, engaging plot means the world to me and it has to resonate with the reader. My first mission in writing is always to think about the reader. Will they enjoy this? Does it resonate? Those types of questions are very important for me to answer.
Do you have a favorite food or drink that helps you write?
It’s not so much food or drink, although I am very partial to Dr. Pepper, lol. Really, it’s instrumental music. It has to be able to match the setting of the book, the tone of the story. That may not make sense, since it is a highly subjective experience, but I do enjoy great tunes when I’m writing. They just have to be instrumental. I can’t have people speaking in my ear, breaking my concentration.
What’s your favorite kind of music?
I will always be a fan of 90s pop/alternative rock, and I have never left those years. I also love music by the late Robert Miles.
Forest, country, beach, or city?
I’m a beach and country person. I like the slower pace in life. I have lived in a big city before and the traffic is just crazy. Traffic where I live now is continually getting worse. More and more people moving here. I live just North of Atlanta, in Jefferson, Georgia.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Is it wrong to have two? “The Illusionist” and “Interstellar.” I can watch these over and over again, however, the ending to “Intersteller” doesn’t resonate with me. It’s a great film though, perfect score, and most of the movie is so massive. I truly felt like I was in outer space throughout the film. I’m always eagerly anticipating more Christopher Nolan movies.
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
Just because the publishing world has changed with the ability to self-publish doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of hard work involved. You are responsible for everything. This is fine with me, but know this up front. Not only do you need a great story, you need an editor, you need to be completely dedicated to your craft and continually making yourself better. I spend hours each week learning grammar again. Yes, starting over is hard, but you have to better yourself continually. However, I love it. I love most things about this business. You are the writing team, you are the marketing team, you are everything. When you need help, be certain to ask. There are plenty of people who are willing to help along the way. Most importantly, do it only if you love it. You have to love what you do in life. If you’re in a career that you don’t enjoy, then you are wasting your time and doing a disservice to yourself. You only have one life and time is the most precious commodity. Find what you are passionate about in life and do it with all your heart and your life will be full of life and color.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. It’s taken a long time, over two decades, to go after my dream, but I’m finally doing what I’m passionate about. When I know that I’ve touched someone with what I’ve written, then that makes everything worth it. I want to touch lives with my writing. I want people to be excited when they know I’ve got something else coming out. Their excitement is my excitement!
In what genre would “The Last Word” be classified?
“The Last Word” is a technology-driven thriller riddled with mystery. It revolves around the life of Claire Bigsby right after her father’s death. In her struggle with grief and other intense situations she faces within the book, the reader is drawn into an intriguing web of constant suspicion.
What is the main plot of the book?
It revolves around Claire Bigsby and a group of her friends and acquaintances inside InfiniTech. During her struggle with grief, she is suddenly thrown into a dangerous situation and she isn’t sure where it will lead. In the opening scenes, she discovers people she doesn’t know have a very clear interest in her and she doesn’t know why. Plus, there are problems inside InfiniTech, her late father’s company. Massive change is taking place and the people inside, corporate executives and other employees are starting to wonder about where this will all lead. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say the story will compel you to keep turning the pages. You will have to find out why certain things are taking place inside the company. You will want to know why certain things are happening. It is a mystery thriller, one that you will be glad to have read. Take a look at our exciting book trailers and the full synopsis at my website: www.motivationbymoonlight.com
How did you come up with the idea for the novel?
This novel was borne out of my own personal loss of my father in 2011. It’s interesting because when I started writing “The Last Word,” I had no idea my own sense of loss would enshroud the book, but if you look hard enough, anyone who knows me will be able to see that, in a way, the story chronicles my own bout with grief. Anyone who has lost a loved one, someone who is irreplaceable in their life, will be able to identify with what Claire is going through in the book. The story doesn’t stay in a bleak mood as you will recognize after the characters are introduced.
Why do you write thriller/mystery fiction?
Honestly? It’s why I’m on the planet. It has been my passion, my drive, my dream for so long. I’ve known for years, years, that I am supposed to be an author churning out thriller fiction, but I let too many other things get in my way when I was younger. When I was 15, I wrote a novel. It took me a year to finish it. Then, as I started college, I started another novel, but between classwork, and my job, I didn’t have time to write. My dream of becoming an author was drifting high above me, like a balloon I had accidentally let go and was now out of reach. Time goes on, no matter if you’re on track with your own personal destiny or not. If too much time goes by and you’re not accomplishing the dreams you have in your life, they can begin to fade. Then, almost like a form of depression, you only think about the time you’ve wasted and that isn’t good. You need to think about what you can still accomplish and not just think about it, but act on it. That’s why I have motivational content on my blog.
The book (both print and e-book) is available on Amazon. Find out more about the author by visiting motivationbymoonlight.com.