Thursday, May 18, 2017 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Getting to Know Loretta Moore

The Write Way Café welcomes Loretta Moore, author, poet, and creative output expert.

Tell us a little about your book, The Color of Murder.
A sensational murder trial brings a young African American attorney to a Connecticut town to represent a black drug dealer accused of murdering a Caucasian socialite. The attorney is determined to do the best job he can even though he wonders if his client is telling him the truth. And if his client didn’t kill the socialite, who did?

If The Color of Murder was made into a movie, who would play your main characters, and why?
The actor Idris Elba would be attorney Kevin Johnson and Alisha Keyes would be Marcia Ramsey.

What or who has been instrumental in or to your writing journey? 
I’d have to say that my mother encouraged me along the way to keep writing. But I think my own ideas and thoughts are the reason I became a writer in the first place. I seemed to be connected with an outside place, a dimension, a realm forming my thoughts.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given?  What’s your best writing advice for others?
The best advice came from those who said, ‘Keep writing’ whoever they were. And that’s the advice I give, ‘Keep writing’!

What “keepers” are in your home library? 
Blood Meridian,  A Man in Full, all of the works of Toni Morrison, some books of poetry, a couple of autobiographies and so many other books.

If you could be a character in any book you’ve read (or written), which character would you be and why?
I think I wouldn’t mind being the character, Marcia Ramsey in The Color of Murder. She’s pretty, smart and leads a good, interesting, successful life.

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
I think it was with The Color of Murder. I had to find someone to help the main character seek out the person who killed the socialite if it turned out his client wasn’t the killer.

What book do you wish you could have written?
Maybe Gone With The Wind, however, there are many books that have impressed me, and I wish I’d authored.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism might have come from editors. Editors can come down really hard on writers. I won’t name them, but best compliment about my work came from a publisher.

We’re adding books to our Café menu.  Would your book be a drink, an appetizer, an entrée or a dessert?  What would you call it?
It would be an entrée I’d call, “Chef’s Surprise.”

What is your favorite social media?  Why? 
I guess  Facebook, but also LinkedIn and Twitter.

Tell us about the book in your closet. 
My second short story collection just made a start out of the closet.

And now for the fun stuff!

If you were a punctuation mark, what would you be? 
I’d be a Question Mark or an Exclamation Point.

If you aren’t a full-time writer, what is your day job? 
I’m a full-time writer/ homemaker.

Are you a glass half empty or glass half full personality? 
I’m a glass Half Full personality for sure!

What is something you do that people would be surprised at? 
I enjoy performing as a singer or playing piano or doing them together.

What is your favorite season and why?
I’d say that Fall is my favorite.

A sensational murder trial brings a young African American attorney, Kevin Johnson to Briarton, Connecticut to represent a black drug dealer accused of murdering a Caucasian socialite, Charlotte Knowles. Kevin does his best to defend his client, even though he knows the real reason his two white law partners have given him this high-profile case is that he's black and so is the client. Even though he's the "token-minor" partner, Kevin is still determined to do the best job he can. But is his client telling him the truth? And if he didn't kill Charlotte Knowles, who did?

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About Loretta:  I’m an African American female multi-published writer, residing in Dover, Delaware. Published works include: THE COLOR OF MURDER under contract with Black Opal Books, BOTTOM TALES AND OTHERS with Leo Publishing, THE LIGHT OF DAY and THE WAY OF LOVE both with Extasy Books. Other published works include poetry and essays, plus several plays published. Many of my ‘Plays’ have been stage productions-I’ve enjoyed a long-time association with the theatre. Ghostwriting is another area in which I work. I’ve also been published in several journals and magazines, and contribute to a church newsletter. I have a college degree in English, I have received literary and theatrical recognition, I belong to an honor society and other laudable organizations, and I volunteer in my community and my church. I frequently speak at venues doing readings of my work. I have LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and many other social contacts as well. My next writing project keeps me busy.

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LinkedIn: lorettamoore


HiDee said...

Keep writing is good advice, Loretta. It's hard, but so worth it to accomplish what you set out to do. Thank you for being with us today!

Mark R Hunter said...

Yes, editors sure can be hard on writers -- which usually works out for the best, but not always!