Monday, October 27, 2014

Living the writers life

This is my vision of the writer's life. Call it odd, but I call it wonderful.

I can see myself writing at my desk early in the morning before the sun even rises. I'm sipping flavored tea with two spoonfuls of honey. The writing flows from my brain to the fingers tapping away. I become so consumed with my writing that I jump when my wife calls because my main character just witnessed a gruesome murder. She gives me a hug and we laugh, but I don't think she will ever understand where I am off to in my own little world. She leaves me with a piece of chocolate and promises a glass of wine for later. She's my best friend ever.

The manuscript is sent off to my editor. He laughs at all my jokes. We talk about our favorite authors and why he doesn't like the Cubs; I don't hold that against him. He tells me there are mistakes in my manuscript. I complain and tell him it's really a good thing, but he disagrees with one of my scenes. We argue about the pacing or maybe he doesn't like the way I present the danger. By the end of the conversation we are best friends and agree in ways to unify the world. I send him his favorite bar of Swiss chocolate.

I call my agent after avoiding her for a week. She knows where I live, so hiding is futile. She is my best friend in the world. She calls me at 3 in the morning to remind me of the deadline. She tells me great things about my stories and the wonderful reviews my last book is receiving. Then she gets into it about my latest novel; this being the reason I have avoided her in the first place. She complains about my trip to Indonesia and tells me that I need to be chained to my desk until my next work of fiction is complete. I send her flowers, but she isn't as easy as my editor, so I take her out to dinner. She orders a big chocolate soufflé, which she doesn't eat because she is worried about her figure. We hug one another and share her soufflé. I finish my novel and all are happy.

I was just at the Chicago Writers Conference over the weekend. It gave me some good feelings of where I am and where I would like to be as a writer. It was refreshing to be able to speak with a few of the agents that I have always admired on the internet, but never really met in person until now.

Another nice thing about writers conferences is that I get to converse with fellow writers. We talk about each other's books, adventures in submission, and inevitably the horrible feeling of rejection. Most of us are happy because we create other places. We all have things in common like the love of chocolate! Writers generally are happy people. Some of us are frustrated because we look at the end game, but we just need to believe its coming. Someday that dream will come and I'll get that call at 3 in the morning from my agent or argue with my editor. Until that time, I just dream of that special day when millions of people can read my books.

Monday, October 6, 2014

New website!

I've been tweaking my website to give it a fresh look. Check it out! Click one of the links above or just type in http://www.gmmoser.com

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'll continue to update additional items, but for the most part the new website is complete. I need to add in buttons for contact and more important, information about my books. For now I have been focusing on my completed story, WYOMING. All I need now is that wonderful literary agent to come into my life.

Thanks for following!

George

Friday, September 26, 2014

Genre and writing

Picking a genre can be an extremely difficult task. Especially when you are trying to submit to an agent for publishing. It is a crucial element that can make the difference between an agent requesting a partial or full request to simply rejecting it out right without even glancing at the manuscript.

So where does one go when choosing a genre? I looked at this for a very long time and struggled with some type of answer. I was at the Midwest Writers Conference not long ago and spoke with numerous authors who had several answers. The generic answer was always, choose one. However, when the discussion went further, I could see the frustration in most writers eyes. Each of us have more than one element in our stories.

I like to compare my stories to Stephen King. Is he a horror writer? Perhaps in the beginning he was, but some of his more recent and extremely successful novels such as 11/22/63 are more of a thriller. I looked up his genre and found him listed as a horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy writer. This is exactly where I would place my novels, but there is a problem. I am no Stephen King.

Pick one genre.

So I need to make a choice. I write some pretty creepy books, but would I compare them to an Anne Rice or Stephanie Meyer? The answer is an absolute no. And both of those writers are so different. Anne Rice writes some pretty spooky stuff, while Stephanie Meyer writes more of a fantasy love triangle thing. My books are not the slasher type of novel that most seem to associate with a horror novel.

I contemplate taking out horror as a genre.

Then there was adventure or a thriller. I am inclined to believe that this is more where my books are leading, but there is still that creep element that I cannot avoid. I would love to compare my writing style to Michael Crichton who has definitely influenced some of my work. Perhaps Jurassic Park was something similar to my writing, but he is very technical and I am not. There is a difference in our writing. He is not a horror writer.

Damn, I wish I was Stephen King! Then again, I am happy with my own style of writing.

There are elements of science fiction and fantasy in my latest novel, Wyoming. The story has aliens and flying saucers, but I wouldn't go so far as to compare the book to any sci-fi writers I know. Well, there is Ray Bradbury, who is a huge influence on what I write. In fact, I was hoping to write a post specifically about him because he has influenced my style in so many ways. He is humorous and very deep with his own life's lessons that I can totally relate. Still, I cannot say my writing would be science fiction.

My writing has taken some turns in the fantasy world. I have written about completely new worlds and dream of better places. Another influence has been JRR Tolkien, but my writing is definitely not his. I did write about caves and I do have a fascination with the world and things we cannot understand. I could compare one of my journeys inside the caves to Bilbo Baggins inside the Misty Mountains.

And then there is Elvis.

Where would I place a novel that has a quirky Elvis Presley fan? I guess that is only a character, but there is so much more involved. This genre choice is so difficult. It leads me to one choice, of which I hope an agent seeking my books will at least give me a chance. I believe there is quite a few agents out there who will agree once they have read my book, Wyoming.

I have researched many literary agents requests and found that some of them would like to see a writer who blends several categories into one. Is this a trick question? I tell myself, be careful! Stay with one genre, but if you ask me in secret what my genre is? I would tell you, mine is a mixture of horror, suspense, adventure, science fiction, and fantasy.

I am no Stephen King.

I am George M Moser.

Let's make it simple. My genre is adult thriller.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Influences of my adventures

During the past few months I have been working on several projects. I finished up my latest novel, Wyoming, but as many writers probably know it's never finished until the final pen stroke. I started another novel that I am very excited about. I wrote some query letters and researched a few literary agents that I felt would be interested in my work and have some interest, but I'll have to rework Wyoming just a little.

During that time I discovered something unique about my work. While researching some of the literary agents, I tried to find what I would have in common with some of them. Its hard to tell just by reading a blog or a short paragraph about someone, but some of them list some genres of interest or past books they represent. Several agents had similar likes with famous books and authors, and that made me think.

One of my favorite books when I was young was Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. I must have read that book twenty times and I would probably still enjoy it today. I remember getting hooked on reading when a friend of mine suggested I read The Hobbit. It was about the same time he told me that I would probably like The Rolling Stones because I was a huge Beatles fan. I didn't take his suggestion about The Rolling Stones until a decade later, but I did read The Hobbit. I remember thinking to myself, I would love to write a book like this.

Wyoming has turned into a novel of adventure. I like to compare it to Tom Sawyer being chased through the caves by Injun Joe. The Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming are comparable to the treacherous Misty Mountains in Tolkien's, The Hobbit. It started out more like The Men In Black, but it turned out to be similar to The Davinchi Code by Dan Brown.

I have always compared my writing style to Stephen King, but after looking back to some of my favorites I realize the books that have influenced my writing the most are the ones that hooked me a long time ago.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wyoming a completed novel

It's finished.

Those words feel wonderful to me. I have completed my latest novel, Wyoming. It has turned out better than I could have ever imagined.


I disappeared during the final days--or was it months--of writing the final chapters of my book. I found that I really needed to dedicate myself more to the book, than putting up a post on my blog. You won't be disappointed, this is a fabulous novel.

What do aliens, Elvis, and God have in common? Find out in Wyoming!


The journey began a long time ago. I had an image of writing something about aliens years ago. I'm a fan of old horror movies, and one in particular always gave me goosebumps. For the life of me, I can't remember the name--some of those older movies kind of all mashed together into one in my head, but I loved them all no matter how corny they were.


I love visiting Wyoming. During one of my many drives out west, going through the desert areas and mountain regions of Wyoming with the gas pumps pivoting up and down, I imagined my story taking place. I am very pleased with the story, and I hope when you get the chance that you will as well.


By the way, I never thought of horror novels as being tear jerkers, but mine have evolved into something mixed with horror, adventure, and a love story that has brought a tear to my eyes on several occasions. I think this is what sets my books apart from so many others and I can't wait until my readers can get a copy of my book.