The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing, as well as other pursuits of watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. Her practice helps weave the mystical into her writing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors where she’s always on the lookout for portals to other worlds. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!
A Little About
Enchanted Bookstore Legends
Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.
When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.
Author's Rating: PG-13 for "off screen" intimacy between a committed couple.
Ten Things You Should Know
About Marsha A. Moore
My new favorite is Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker. I’ve been writing a lot of complex characters in my WIP and needed to better understand how to craft growth arcs for not only my female protagonist but also the hero and the antagonist. This book helped a lot.
Also, I’ve recently started to do story tracking on Excel, which is turning out to be a lifesaver for me as my books are becoming more complicated. I started with this reference but have added many other ideas to keep track of character growth and theme development. http://russellblake.com/outlining-made-simple/
2. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
Mostly keyboard, but I live in Tampa and being outside in the sunshine is important, so I can write longhand for an afternoon with no problems.
3. What project are you working on now?
I’m working on Witch’s Mystic Woods in my series of Coon Hollow Coven Tales to release next summer. Readers who are familiar with the series will know Sibeal Soot, the wicked seer. She’ll take center stage as an antagonist in the next book. She alternates between quirky and wicked so you never know what to expect. A fun character for me to write! A note to new readers: in that series, each book stands alone with new characters and also some who previously played minor roles taking lead parts. There’s no reading order.
4. What book are you currently reading?
I seem to be reading a lot lately, both fiction and non-fiction. I’m sifting through tons of old, real-life mystery and ghost stories from settlement years in Indiana that I want to infuse into a new book series as well as future Coon Hollow Coven Tales books. In fiction, I’m reading Winter Witch by Paula Brackston, The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer, and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I just finished Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and loved it.
5. Do you write/read every single day?
I write or edit nearly every day unless I’m exhausted from gardening, one of my hobbies. Then, I work on book research.
6. What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?
I’m a tea addict. Hot or iced, I have a collection that threatens to take over my kitchen.
7. Do you have any furry writing buddies? (Or scaled or feathered?)
We live on a saltwater lagoon and I often write while on our dock. Many times I’m watched over by the local pelicans.
8. Do you keep anything special on your desk when you write?
A big paper planner. I’d be lost without a way to jot down ideas as fast as possible and not lose them.
9. Describe your writing space as it is right now. What would be your ideal writing space (if it's different from this)?
I love antiques and my desk is a huge oak beast from the 1920s. The vibes of past lives in furniture comforts me, as if there are others accompanying me on my journey.
10. Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?
I knit almost constantly while watching TV or listening to writing craft podcasts. Readers can find me on the knitting site, Ravelry, under my username as MarshaAMoore. I also paint watercolors and draw.