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Moira Keith has a penchant for men in kilts, is a lover of shoes, Celtic mythology, connoisseur of Guinness, baker of cupcakes and overall complete mess! As an author of paranormal, urban fantasy and contemporary romance, Moira writes stories that are often filled with the magic of love and the mayhem that ensues, threatening to keep her couples apart. Currently, Moira resides in Las Vegas with her twin zombie sons, their beta fish, and a turtle.
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Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write it?
Though Kiara Morrigan O’Conaill shares the bloodlines of both Fae and Wolf, she refuses to claim her place in the Fae courts or submit to the animal within. After witnessing her mother’s death, the need for revenge and answers has led her to Las Vegas, and a call for help shakes her confidence and leads her back to a world that has already left her for dead once.
The seed for this story idea came from reading about the Battle of Mag Tuired, which is a mythological battle fought in Ireland. My mind just kind of ran from there.
Are you a full-time writer or do you have another job?
Unfortunately, I’ve not yet achieved the status of full-time writer. I still have to go to the day job, which helps me pay the bills and sometimes even fills the idea hopper, especially at times when I’m struggling with some of my secondary character development.
How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?
I spent a lot of time brainstorming and re-hashing aspects of the book that I didn’t think were working. More than likely, it was the result of my answer for the second part of your question…stream of consciousness. I loathe outlining. Probably because I haven’t found what works yet. The second book will have to lean more toward outlining.
How long did it take you to write it? Did it require research?
It took me approximately two years give or take. I did some research, but since the base of the story idea stems from mythology that I then just took and added an alternate ending to the myth, I had the opportunity to really play with it.
Did you go the traditional way or did you self publish? What has the process been like so far?
This particular book ended up being self-published. Every story is a labor of love, but this story was one I believed in enough to test the self-publishing venue with. So far, it has been a bit challenging. I tried to make sure I put this book through the same process a publisher would. I hired a cover artist, put it through three rounds of edits, and had beta readers. The hardest part though has been the marketing aspect of it. When you go down the self-publishing road, you don’t have the publisher’s name recognition and marketing pushing your sales. You have to learn to balance every hat, so to speak, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.
Do you have a favorite book you’d like to recommend readers?
One of my favorite books is The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson. The awesomeness bound inside that cover made me fall in love with her work and to be inspired by her.
Do you have another novel on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?
Currently, I’m working on a reaper story for NaNoWriMo, but I’ve also begun the second book for the Moonlight trilogy. I’m really looking forward to getting that one out, especially because we will be in an entirely different setting. The first book we are submerged in the world of the wolves, with some of the fae world leeching over. In the second book it will reverse.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers?
Keep reading. No matter what, we all write stories we hope you will love. The more you read, the more likely you are to find a diamond in the rough story that captures your soul and holds it hostage. Those moments, as an author, are worth every moment spent bleeding words out onto the page.
Though she shares the bloodlines of both Fae and Wolf, Kiara Morrigan O’Conaill refuses to claim her place in the Fae courts or submit to the animal within. Witnessing the murder of her Fae mother two years ago drives her back into those worlds, to search for answers and revenge.
Devlin McClure lives for one thing—the Pack. When their leader, the Cadeyrn, disappears, desperation sends Devlin to the last person he should be asking for help—the Cadeyrn’s estranged daughter, Kiara.
Kiara and Devlin are drawn to each other by fate and destined to embrace the very thing that threatens to rip their worlds apart. Now, Kiara will have to decide which is stronger, blood or moonlight?