Writer Chat Wednesday: Addison Moore!!

Welcome to Writer Chat Wednesday on Nat’s YA. Today I welcome YA-Indie-Paranormal-Romance-Fabulous Writer Addison Moore, a bestselling author – and more!

you’re the author of the very popular Celestra series. For readers not familiar
with it, can you fill them in?
ADDISON MOORE (AM): The Celestra Series follows Skyla Messenger
as she and her family move to Paragon Island. Skyla discovers her unique
ability to read minds stems from the fact she has Nephilim heritage.
NW: This series has been
very popular and you recently had some exciting news. Can you share that with
AM: Recently the Celestra series was optioned for film with the
intent of turning it into a TV series, by 20
th Century Fox. This has been both an
amazing and humbling experience. I’m thrilled to go on this adventure and see
what the future holds for Celestra!
NW: We all want the
details! Do you know when the series will begin to air and who will be in it
and – well, anything you can share with us about it?
AM: I know, right? Lol! Me, too! I don’t have any details yet,
but as soon as something trickles my way I will gladly share whatever details
I’m able to obtain. I’m hoping to hang out at casting. I think more than
anything else seeing the characters that are so alive in my mind come to life
will be amazing.
NW: You have
self-published the Celestra series. Do you want to or plan to work with a major
publishing house on this series or any future works?
AM: I am self-published I don’t have anything traditionally
published but I do have a literary agent. Strange, I know. You see, I signed a
contract with my fab and brilliant agent in January of 2011 and decided to make
a U-turn and self-publish in March of the same year. Rachelle has been nothing
but supportive of my endeavor, but that’s as far as she’s delved into the
Celestra Series. My husband and I do all of the cover work, I upload and format
the books myself with the exception of Smashwords, I have a formatter for that
platform. I also have a professional editor that goes through each manuscript
with me. *Hi Sarah!*
for traditional publishing, I don’t know. I’ll be honest I would love
distribution for paper books. I don’t have any paper books right now, so
distribution isn’t an issue, but one day it would be nice to see my books in
the bookstore. On the other side of the coin there are e-book rights. Those, I
am loathe to part with, so that might be the traditional deal killer for me. We
shall see what the future holds there as well. 
NW: So you went straight
from self-publishing to a T.V. series without a publishing contract?! Just goes
to show how things are shifting and changing in the world of media. Did you try
to get a publishing contract for the Celestra series or did you go straight to
AM: I self-published at the end of last March (2011). After I
put out ETHEREAL then I began TREMBLE the next book in the series. I never
really looked back. Just before I put out the third book in the series I
received a call from my literary agent and she informed me that 20
th Century Fox was
interested. It was quite a thrill. I think it’s safe to declare all barriers
for indie writers are virtually no more. Readers decide what they pick up, they
vote with their dollars. You no longer need the marketing machine of a big
house behind you to find your niche or your readers. 
NW: How long have you been
a writer?
AM: Like forever. Seriously. As far as keeping regular hours and
being consistent with my work I would have to say over twelve years. More than
twelve actually, but there were sporadic breaks and lots of children were
NW: Do you have a
“day job” in addition to being an author?
AM: After earning my Bachelors degree I worked on a locked
psychiatric unit for seven years. It was a learning experience that seasoned me
in ways I could never have imagined. I learned a lot about people, compassion
and group dynamics and how important it is for everyone to have a great support
system in place. Eventually the unit closed and I was fortunate enough to stay
home with my 4 kids.
NW: Well if you have 4
kids, you definitely have a day job – okay a 24-hour job! I don’t know how you
have time to be such a prolific writer with 4 kids?! You’re an example of it
you want to do something badly enough, you find a way to make it work (I’m
channeling Tim Gunn right now – “Make it work people.”)
Okay, besides the
Celestra books, do you have any other projects in the works or upcoming titles?
Yes! I’m working hard on the first book in The Countenance, EPHEMERAL. I always
thought it might be fun to learn a little more about the Counts and what makes
them tick. The Countenance are another faction of angels featured in the
Celestra Series. I have yet another series outlined and will be starting that
one in February.     
NW: For any aspiring or
newbie writers out there, what advice would you give them?
AM: Read everything in your genre. Write every single day if you
can. Just those two acts alone will bring you further than you can image.
Also, Dream big.
Great advice Addison!
Thanks again for stopping by my blog as best of luck with the T.V. series. If you enjoy paranormal romance, you should definitely check out the Celestra series.

Here’s how you can connect with Addison:

Addison Moore
Author of the Celestra Series

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23 thoughts on “Writer Chat Wednesday: Addison Moore!!”

  1. You are a true inspiration and an amazing person from what I pick up with your responses. I would love to write, but wouldn't know where to start. So, I will stick to reading your books. Self published…all I can say is wow and kudo's!


  2. I love the Celestra series. I mean like LOVE it. I'm waiting on baited breath for the next book and I'm super excited for Addison's books being made into a show. Celestra was the first indie book that I've read when I got my Kindle, and reading it has opened the door for a lot of other indie books that I've found and love. Congratulations on your success Addison, thanks for the interview Natalie, and thank you Addison for writing amazing books.


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