From childhood, E.S. Moore wanted to be a writer. His first book, To Walk the Night, the first in the Kat Redding series, was released by Kensington in January 2012. The second book in the series – Tainted Night, Tainted Blood – will be released July 3, 2012. E.S. Moore is also a reader and video gamer. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife, son, and an army of cats.
DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about To Walk the Night?
ESM: To Walk the Night is about a vampire hunter, Kat Redding, who has become the thing she hunted; a vampire. Instead of letting it stop her, she continued on as before, becoming one of the best killers in the area. Still, she’s limited in what she can do alone and when the chance arises for her to take down a minor vampire House, she takes it. It means she is forced to work with a werewolf worshiping cult, something that doesn’t sit well with her, but to stop the House from gaining too much power, she has no choice.
DFT: Can you tell us a little about the main characters in To Walk the Night?
ESM: Kat is a vampire who thinks she has to do everything on her own. She has no family, only one friend she can trust, and likes it that way. Ethan is her live-in. Kat took him in after both their families were killed by the same vampire. He’s got some issues, but is skilled in his own way. Jonathan is a member of the Luna Cult, a group who worships werewolves. He has secrets of his own, but he doesn’t hide from his past…or what he once was.
DFT: If you could describe your main characters with only 3 words, what would they be?
ESM: I’m terrible at these questions! Kat is strong, independent, but insecure. Ethan is smart, nerdy, and haunted. Jonathan is driven, calm, and free.
DFT: Tell us something about your research process and the choices you make when creating the story.
ESM: For To Walk the Night, most of my research came from reading other books. I’ve been to the city in which Kat lives a lot, so it was easy to place her there. The hard thing to do was to figure out what changes the locations had undergone when our history diverged from the history in the book. A lot of my decisions are natural to how the storyfeels. My brain might want me to do one thing, but if the story doesn’t want to go that way, I won’t force it. It’s so much better to let things happen as they wish to happen. When I did need to look something up, like information on Kat’s gun and motorcycle, I used the internet enough to get the facts right, but didn’t delve too deep. I wanted to give enough info so that the reader knew what I was describing. without turning it into an info dump.
DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?
ESM: Ethan. Partly because he is the closest character to my own personality type, and partly because he was the one to develop the most throughout the drafts. Where he ended up is about as far away from where he started as you can get. I hope I really get to develop his character even more over time.
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line from To Walk the Night?
ESM: Not a specific scene, but in general, I tend to enjoy the scenes between Kat and Ethan the most. They are so different and yet live together in a sort of harmony. Those interactions are the most fun to write.
DFT: What is your favorite part of writing this series?
ESM: Planning for the future. I really enjoy creating worlds and working through them, coming up with story lines and problems for the characters to face. I love to develop characters over time and there is so much I can do with these characters, it makes for some exciting plotting sessions!
DFT: What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
ESM: Book 2 in the Kat Redding series, Tainted Night, Tainted Blood is due out July 3rd 2012. I am putting the finishing touches on book 3, Blessed by a Demon’s Mark. After that, I have a few things I’m working on on the side that will hopefully see the light of day, but nothing definitive.
DFT: What books/genres do you read when you have the chance? Any must read authors or series?
ESM: I like to read anything and everything I can get my hands on. I believe I can learn something from any and every genre, whether it is my norm of not. But my favorite genres are horror, urban fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, and epic fantasy. For me, I couldn’t live without Stephen King and Jim Butcher. Those two have to be my tops. After that, I’d have to say my must reads are Kathy Reichs, Kim Harrison, and Brian Lumley. There are so many more, but to list them would take forever!
DFT: Which urban fantasy world would you like to live in, and why?
ESM: That’s actually a pretty tough question! I think I’d have to go with Jim Butcher’sDresden Files world. Why? Because Harry is just that cool! Things have been getting pretty dire, but with the cast of characters that live in Butcher’s world, I think it would be worth it.
DFT: If you could be any paranormal creature, which one would you be and why?
ESM: I’d have to say, a ghost. It sucks I’d have to be dead to actually be one, but at least I’d be able to haunt my family and friends after my passing. Can’t beat that!
DFT: Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
About the Book:
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…
Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.
Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
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