Steve Moore has spent years travelling the world living life and learning about things as he goes. Not only has he created a fantastic blog about his experiences he has also recently realised his dream by publishing his first novel.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name’s Steve, and I’m a forty-year-old Englishman currently living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with my freelance journalist fiancé Leslie Patrick. Quite simply, I’ve been living a nomadic lifestyle for twenty years, and having visited almost fifty countries across six continents, and lived in places as diverse as Korea, Thailand, France, Australia and now Mexico, I don’t see that lifestyle ever changing. When I’m not teaching E.S.L in Korea, you can usually find me swinging in a hammock in South East Asia, hiking the trails of South America, or chilling with a book in my garden in San Miguel.
If you could describe the storyline of your latest novel to someone in just a few sentences how would you entice someone to want to read it?
A brief synopsis of ‘I Have Lived Today.’
1960’s England, on a small, isolated island off the south west coast, an abusive man forces his wife to flee for her life. His son, Tristan, weak and afraid, sets out into the world to escape his demons and search for his mother, but instead, what he finds on his tumultuous journey sends him to the brink of madness and self destruction.
Basically, it’s a coming of age adventure with a dark edge, and those familiar with the writings of Roman poet Horace may recognize the title and the message within the story.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been scribbling down one thing or another, but I started writing more regularly after I met my writer girlfriend Leslie while drinking green beers on Paddy’s night in Daegu, South Korea, some three and a half years ago. She gave me the confidence to pursue my writing further, and I’ve since had about a dozen travel articles published in various online and print news outlets. In 2012 I started the NaNoWriMo project, and my upcoming debut novel is the direct result of that. I also write blog posts on my Twenty First Century Nomad website.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I can’t really call my writing work, since I don’t make any money yet. But I’m lucky enough to have a supportive partner who has afforded me the time to focus only on the book, for which I’m very grateful. But when I’m writing, it’s the freedom I have to write whatever I want, uncensored, that I enjoy the most. My ideas are my own, my style is my own, and although there are so-called industry style rules in terms of grammar and formatting that are best to stick to for commercial success, since I don’t have any particularly high expectations for the novel, it being just another ambition to fulfil, I can simply ignore the rules as I see fit. That’s not to say I haven’t tried my level best to make it as good as possible, and of course, if I do sell a few copies and people enjoy it, I would be very, very proud. And so would my mum.
I mentioned freedom. Sadly, freedom is something my main protagonist Tristan would love to relate to.
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Like I said, writing isn’t really my job, but everyday I see how hard my fiancé works, meeting deadlines, pitching ideas, conducting interviews etc, and without ever really knowing if the pitch will be accepted. So being a freelance writer isn’t always glamorous, and to go a step further and actually make a living as a freelancer can be a stressful business indeed. However, as I write this Leslie is currently on assignment in Guatemala and in a few weeks she’s off to France for work, so it certainly can be rewarding, too. And I’m not jealous. Honest?
What inspires you to write?
It sounds a bit like a cliché, but for me inspiration is everywhere. We’re fortunate enough to have a nice garden here in San Miguel, so just to walk out onto the patio in the morning, listening to the fountain and watching the humming birds doing magic tricks in and amongst the beautiful flowers, is an amazing way to get the creative juices flowing. And because I’ve travelled to so many countries, I always have plenty of stories to tell. I will definitely have to write a travel book some day, chronicling all of my adventures, and about all the weird and wonderful characters I’ve met around the world.
When working on a new novel, what is the first thing you do?
Well, since this is my first novel, I’m kind of making it up as I go along. I started it on the NaNoWriMo programme with just the hint of an idea, and as the days went by the story almost invented itself. But next time I’ll be more organised and will have a definite plan laid out…I just don’t know what that plan is. But a story arc, broken up into ‘parts,’ is definitely a good place to begin.
Which Writers do you admire and can you name a favourite book?
Honestly, I admire anybody who is patient enough to create anything and follow his or her dreams. But in literature, I admire an eclectic bunch: Jack London, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Hemingway, Michelle Lovric…even my old school mate Mark Dawson, who is currently storming the Amazon charts with his John Milton series.
Favourite book? Wow! Erm, Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts, an epic adventure that transcends continents and cultures. I was blown away, and would one day love to write such a book.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
I think aspiring is the wrong word, really, because if you’re writing then you’re already a writer. I guess you can aspire for success in some ways, but just to be writing anything, whether it be short stories, travel articles, poems or sweeping epics, to be able to write, whether we are good at it or bad, is a gift.
Advice? Just go for it, write something everyday, no matter how short, and if you start a project, whatever it is, do your utmost to finish it.
What are your plans for the future?
Very short term plans are to self publish my debut novel, ‘I Have Lived Today,’ and spend a few weeks on the drudgery of marketing it. Then soon, we’re back off to live in Korea for a year, maybe two, where I’ll teach English whilst working on my next books, a follow up novel and my ongoing memoirs.
Beyond that, only time will tell, but I can assure you it will involve writing, travelling and living life to the fullest.
Since a central theme of Steve’s novel is physical abuse, including that of a child, he has decided to donate 10% of any royalties he make to the N.S.P.C.C. Children’s charity in the U.K. Child abuse is something we are all obviously totally against, and donating a little of the income to that great charity seems the right thing to do.
Interested in finding out more about Steve, then follow the links below:
Facebook Nomad Page: www.facebook.com/twentyfirstcenturynomad
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