Me: As a best-selling published author, what would say persuaded you to begin writing your first novel?
NM: I’ve been writing since I was a child, but what persuaded me to write professionally was a little push from friends and family. They all told me that I should pursue a career in it since I’ve been doing it for so long and I did it.
Me: Was there anyone who helped you grow as a writer?
NM: I had plenty of writing mentors in my life from teachers to New York Times Bestselling authors to reviewers. Friends and family also gave tips on how to improve.
Me: As of today, how many novels have you written?
NM: I have thirteen published and two more waiting to be published.
Me: Which of one of your different series was the most thrilling to write? And which was the most challenging?
NM: The most thrilling was the Nobody’s Side Piece series because it was so much fun to have all the twists and turns in it. The most challenging was the Tell Yo Bitch series because it was my first time writing Urban / Street Literature Fiction and I wanted it to be perfect. I stressed off every page seemed like.
Me: Can you tell us readers briefly what your novel, Beneath the Bayou, is about?
NM: Beneath the Bayou is a novel about identical twin sisters, Lovely and Fancy Marant, living in New Orleans in the 1920’s. They fall in love with their father’s accountant. The accountant has to choose which sister he wants to marry. His final decision leaves Fancy heartbroken, jealous, and very envious. I don’t want to give too much away but in a nutshell it’s Two sisters, one man, a zombie, and voodoo with a hint of romance.
Me: As a well established writer whose novels are loved everywhere by readers, were there any challenges you faced when writing?
NM: Writing comes very natural to me. I’ve discovered that people can see the story the way I paint it with my words. Their feedback also helps me to fine tune and sharpen my skills as a storyteller. I juggle being a parent, entrepreneur, a finacee, and a writer. I’ve been doing them all for so many years now that it’s just a part of my every day routine.
Me: All of your novels are in the romance genre. How did you happen to choose romance as your genre?
NM: I’m a hopeless romantic myself, so writing romance just comes so naturally. I didn’t want to do anything forced. Whether I write about vampires or zombies or hip hop fiction, I always incorporate love. Love is something everyone strives to have. It feels good to be loved and I want all my characters to have that feeling.
Me: As a romance writer, would advice would you give to others pursuing to write in the same genre?
NM: I would advise to stay true to your craft and to think about that feeling you felt when you fell in love. As long as you hold onto that feeling, you can create realistic circumstances that people can relate to . The key to writing a good story is having the reader saying, “Hey, I know that feeling.” That’s what makes the story relatable.
Me: What is the name of your latest novel? And can you tell us readers a bit of what it is about?
NM: My latest novel is Pigalle Palace. It will be releasing March 31, 2015. It’s a paranormal romance about royal vampires in Paris. They are finding their way and dealing with their purpose, all while trying to find that soul mate to spend and eternity with. African American vampires aren’t really featured much anywhere, so I created a series that highlights African American leading vampire characters.
Me: Not only are you a best-selling author but also a publisher. What made you decide to become a publisher?
NM: I always dreamed of having my own publishing company. The opportunity was presented to me since I know so much about the literary business. I jumped at the opportunity. Now I have Ambiance Books and we have seven authors.
Me: Would you say that being a publisher is just as hard of a job as being an author or harder?
NM: Sometimes it’s harder to be a publisher because I have to set aside my own projects at times to get the others going. It’s a very rewarding job nonetheless and I don’t mind putting others needs in front of my own. It can’t always be the Niyah Moore show. LOL
Me: Ambiance Books is the name of your publishing house. Can you tell us what kind of submissions you accept?
NM: I take anything in the Urban / Street Literature category including Romance.
Me: Can you tell us briefly about a recent novel that your company has recently published? And who the author was?
NM: The most recent was Hustle Hard by Rikenya Hunter. It’s a book about an erotic dancer who has come to hard terms in life. All she could do was hustle by dancing in a club to make ends meet.
Me: Can you tell us readers about any upcoming releases from Ambiance Books?
NM: Up next, we have The Coldest Bitch Ever by Kayenne, Pretty Gang Banditz by Joy Jackson, and a book from Carla Pennington. We have a ton of other projects in the works as well. All of the authors will be releasing something this year. It’s pretty exciting.
Me: What future projects are you currently working on as a writer?
NM: I have a new urban series coming out within the next three months. I also have part 4 to the Nobody’s Side Piece series, as well as the follow up to Pigalle Palace called Thunderstorm.
Me: Being a publisher, what advice would you give to other writers?
NM: Never give up on your writing dream. Learn everything there is to know about the business before you decide to sign any contract. Also, never be afraid to sharpen your craft. Take classes and do research to grow. It’s all about growth as a writer.
Me: Where can readers find your novels? And how can they contact you about further information for publishing their novel(s) with your publishing company, Ambiance Books?
NM: All of my novels are on Amazon. A few are listed on Barnes and Noble, but most of them are on Amazon. Send queries to: email@example.com or message me on Facebook @Niyah Moore.
Me: What are your other hobbies besides being a full time author and publisher?
NM: I love to cook and read books. I love creating new dishes for my family to taste every other week.