Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Interview with E.S. Moore and Giveaway - January 3, 2012

Please welcome E.S. Moore to The Qwillery as the first of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge interviews. To Walk the Night (Kat Redding 1) is published today.  Happy Release Day to E.S. Moore!

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

ESM:  Not sure it's interesting, but I'd have to say my biggest quirk would have to be my near obsessiveness when it comes to when and how I write. I follow nearly the same pattern every single day and if I veer from it in the slightest, the day is usually wasted. I literally have to get up, get ready for the day, eat breakfast, and then sit down to write right away or I struggle to get into it. And then I have to write at my desk, with my laptop, with no music or sound, with hazelnut coffee first, followed by a root beer, or I struggle. I can sometimes work at night, but it is rare because I want to follow my morning routine beforehand.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

ESM:  Some of my favorites are: Stephen King, Brian Lumley, Kathy Reichs, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Simon R. Green, George R. R. Martin, and Brandon Sanderson. All of them have influenced my writing in some way. And there are so many other authors in so many different genres, it would be impossible to list them all here. I'd like to think that everything I read makes me a little better in my own writing. You can learn something from everyone.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

ESM:  Depends. I used to be a 100% pantser, but that slowly evolved over time. To Walk the Night is actually the first book I plotted beforehand. I still do a lot of writing without plotting, and even then, the plotting is usually no more than two or three lines per chapter of what I think should happen. I still like to let the story guide me more than trying to force it down a certain path just because I plotted it one way. There are still stories I am working on that have no pre-plotted elements and others where I plotted it out, wrote a first draft, and then totally changed everything in the second go round.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

ESM:  Deciding what to work on! I have so many ideas, it will be impossible for me to ever write all the stories. While I love coming up with new ideas, it makes it hard to focus sometimes. I've had weeks where I've desperately wanted to work on book A, but book B kept demanding to be written. By the time I was ready for book B, book C and D were jumping up and down, waving their arms, asking for a little love. I sometimes have to force myself to stay focused because I want to get to them all!

TQ:  Describe To Walk the Night in 140 words or less.

ESMTo Walk the Night is a gritty urban fantasy novel where the vampires and werewolves rule the night. Kat Redding, a vampire herself, hunts the monsters, earning herself the nickname Lady Death. She reluctantly teams up with the Luna Cult, a group of werewolf worshipers, to take down a vampire House who is looking to increase their power. The story is dark with quite a bit of bloody action.

TQ:  What inspired you to write To Walk the Night?

ESM:  It was one of those freak idea flashes that came out of nowhere. I had a fleeting thought about what my next project should be, thinking it would be urban fantasy, but wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go. Then it just sort of came to me and I plotted it out in a day. Oddly, I never once thought of the movie Underworld when plotting or writing the book. It wasn't until after people started reading it and comparing them that I even thought about the movie.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for To Walk the Night?

ESM:  There were a few location things I researched, but I live near enough to Columbus, Ohio, I didn't have to look much up. Kat's motorcycle and gun were my biggest research problems. I knew absolutely nothing about either of those things. I did most of my research online because I can't stand to be around guns and would rather just get what information I could online or talking to some people rather than actually seeing them in action. Some day I'll probably need to get hands on experience, but for now, I'm happy with what I have.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

ESM:  I think Ethan is the answer to both questions! I struggled early on to come up with his personality and even age and skill sets. In the first draft, he was completely different than he ended up by the time the book was ready to submit. His first incarnation didn't work with the rest of the story and only added to the dark tone, rather than add a little relief from it. Once I stopped trying to force him into something he obviously wasn't, it went so much better. He is a lot closer to me in his personality, which makes him easier to write. He's sort of my anchor when it comes to characters who are reserved and have clean mouths. I need him so I can get away from all the cursing!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in To Walk the Night?

ESM:  The scenes between Kat and Ethan are my favorites. I love their interactions. They can be intense, but also have a little comic relief that I think is important to any book that has a lot of bloody scenes. You've gotta sit back and breathe every now and again, right?

TQ:  What's next?

ESM:  Book 2, Tainted Night, Tainted Blood will be released July 3, 2012. I'm also putting the final touches on book 3, Blessed by a Demon's Mark, which will come out sometime later.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

ESM:  Thank you for having me!

About To Walk the Night

To Walk the Night
Kat Redding 1
Kensington, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

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…

About E.S. Moore

E.S. Moore is the author of the Kat Redding urban fantasy series, starting with To Walk the Night due January 3rd, 2012 and continuing with Tainted Night, Tainted Blood in July. He lives in Ohio with his wife and son. You can find him on the web at www.esmoore.net.

E.S. Moore's Links


The Giveaway


What:  Two commenters will each win a Mass Market Papberback copy of To Walk the Night (Kat Redding 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite vampire slayer from books or film?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Movies - Van Helsing. Gotta love Hugh Jackman.
    Books - Dru Anderson from the Stange Angels series by Lili St.Crow.

  2. Book it's Cats from the Night huntress Serie by Jeaniene Frost
    film, i've only saw one so blade^^;;

    thanks you for the international giveaway

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  3. Congrats to E.S. on his new release!

    My favorite vampire slayers are from
    Movies(TV)- Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
    Books- Anita Blake, Vampire Slayer

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  4. I have always been pro-vampire but I really don't have a favorite vampire slayer. I did like Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing, though.

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  5. My favorite vampire slayer is Van Helsing.

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  6. Hee hee! An urban fantasy set in Columbus? That cracks me! Gotta check this book out, that's for sure!

    My favorite Vampire slayer is also Cat from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, although I also love Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews.

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  7. Oh tough choice, but would be a tie between Anita Blake from Laurell K Hamiton or Cat Crawfield from Jeaniene Frost. Both are bad ass killers and both have a softer side for the men that they love. They protect the good humans and don't let the bad paranormal characters harm others.
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  8. Buffy from tv. I enjoyed the Blade movies too.

    For books, I'd go with Anita Blake before all she did was boink vampires. I still read the train wreck the series has become, but I don't buy them. I like the Cat and Bones and Kate Daniels series too.

    GFC Anne38

  9. This looks like an interesting series!
    Hands down, my favorite vampire slayer was the old Anita Blake (until about book 6).

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  10. Selene from Underworld.
    Period. Excited for the new movie :)

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  11. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book. :)

  12. Book sounds great! I love Buffy I guess.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  13. Movie: The original Buffy as played by Kristy Swanson
    Book: Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs). She might not be a professional slayer, but she rocks!

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  14. ohh hmm for me Cat and Selene rock the huntresses of the night.

    _gfc Teril

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  15. My favorite is Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy - she definitely can kick butt :D
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  16. Mmmm...I loved Buffy from the tv series and Cat from books!

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  17. My fav vamp slayer was Buffy... she started it all for me.
    Thanks for the contest!

    I'm a GFC Follower too.


  18. I have to agree that Jeaniene Frost's Cat is great.
    I'm a gfc follower.


  19. Currently, my favorite vampire slayer is Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock. In movies it's Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the original movie (as well as the TV show).

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
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  20. My favorite slayer is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  21. Blade =) Love him. Can I also pick a vamp that kicks were butt? Selene in the Underworld movies! I can't wait for the next one to come out =)

    Can't wait for this book!!!

    GFC follower Lexi
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  22. Van Helsing for movies. And Cat from books.

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  23. Van Helsing, the original Vampire Slayer.

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  24. Favorite vampire slayer?

    Van Helsing (hands down)

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  25. for me : Selene from Underworld and Cat from Jeannie Forst book ;)


  26. From book it is Catherine 'Cat' Crawfield from the Night huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost.
    From film I only saw Blade.

    Thanks you for the international giveaway


  27. books : i like catherine aka cath from the night huntress series by jeaniene frost and rose hathaway from vampire diaries by richelle mead.

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  28. books : i like catherine aka cats from the night huntress series by jeaniene frost and rose hathaway from vampire diaries by richelle mead

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  29. movies: Buffy, of course! :)
    book: Anita Blake.
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  31. Great interview and contest. Well best vampire slayers in a movie I have to say Edgar Frog, Alan Frog, and Sam Emerson from The Lost Boys movie.

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway/interview!

    Favorite Vampire slayer: Cat (Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress series)
    I also love Buffy :)

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  33. Favorite slayer would be Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series. Love them. Congrats on the release. Thanks for the chnce.

    I am a follower
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  34. starting to like, the secret circle on tv, a new witch show and they have meany witch hunters

  35. I loved Buffy, but I also totally loved Faith. The two are probably my favorite vampire slayers.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I have this book on my TBR list.

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  36. Peter Vincent from Fright Night. Also, Blade. Hugh Jackman is white hot in Van Helsing too!!
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  37. Do you really need to ask? Of course it is Buffy!!!
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  38. I have a lot of favorites, but the first two names to come to mind when I read the question were Anita Blake and Buffy.

    Great interview! (Also, thanks for the giveaway chance!)

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  39. Who is your favorite vampire slayer from books? Definitely The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod


  40. Buffy is my favorite vampire slayer.

    I follow you on twitter, facebook et GFC.

  41. My favorite vampire slayers are:
    - from movies: Blade
    - from books: Anita Blake

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