Name: Jaime Lee Moyer
Books: Delia’s Shadow, A Barricade in Hell, Against a Brightening Sky (Delia Martin Series 1-3)
I love a good mystery book and I love it even more when the author is a bit of a mystery as well :)
Ladies and Gentleman, meet Jaime Lee Moyer, whose name and email is constantly misspelled and yet can still laugh about it.
Have you always known you wanted to be a writer? Most importantly, have you always known you wanted to write about murder, betrayal and magic?
The first story I wrote down was when I was about eleven years old. I’d made up stories as long as I could remember; even going so far as to act them out and narrate them to myself. I’d probably have put them on paper sooner, but there was the small issue of learning to write and being able to form coherent sentences.
Murder and betrayal are a grownup addition to my storytelling. Magic or some fantastic element, on the other hand, has always been a part of the stories I told. A world without magic seemed lackluster. In a lot of ways magic is a part of me.
Why did you choose to write within the Young Adult genre?
While I’m thrilled that the Gabe and Delia books have found a YA crossover audience, I didn’t write them as YA. They were always meant to be adult novels, with adult protags.
What is your process when you are writing a book? How do you keep the ideas flowing on to the paper?
I daydream, a lot. I ask myself what if questions, think of alternatives to my first idea and how each choice will change the course of the story. Most important of all, I make sure from the start that I know my characters inside and out. Characters drive the story for me.
What matters most when you are writing stories? The setting, the characters . . . etc Why does it matter the most?
The characters are always what matter most. I try never to think of characters as puppets I can move around at will. In order for me to write them as believable people—and someone that readers will like and relate to—I have to think of them as people.
Think of some of the books you love the most. Did you love them for the cool buildings in the background, or did you remember the characters? I do my best to keep that in mind while I’m writing.
Finally, if you can have dinner with one author dead or alive who would it be and why?
Only one? Ursula K. LeGuin. I fell in love with her writing from the very first page. She paints incredible pictures with words, builds worlds I can get lost in, and still tells amazing stories. That’s a standard I can only aspire to.