1. Introduce yourself. My name is Niyah Moore and I’ve written three fiction novels, Bittersweet Exes, Guilty Pleasures, and Major Jazz. I’ve contributed to a few anthologies like Zane’s Chocolate Flava 4, Anna J’s Lies Told in the Bedroom, and The Heat of the Night. I’m from Sacramento, California and I love to write.
2. Tell us about your new project. My latest project is Major Jazz and it’s a fiction novel based on the historical Fillmore Jazz Era in the 1950’s. It’s a project that I’m so very proud of because I really dug into the research to make the novel as authentic as possible. It’s about not only falling in love with one another, but in love with music and the neighborhood before the Redevelopment Agency tore it down.
3. Why was it important for you to tell this story? I felt it was important to tell this story because few people even knew that there was what they called Harlem of the West. Once it disappeared it was like it didn’t even exist.
4. What is the most important thing you want the reader to learn? I want the reader to be transported back to that time so they can experience what those musicians experienced back then. I fell in love with the time period and I want others to feel what I felt when I first discovered it.
5. How have you grown as a writer? As a writer, I have grown so much. I see my own growth. I take constructive criticism with every novel and apply that as I write. I write every single day, but at times I don’t even recognize my own writing. Sometimes, I sit back and say wow, I wrote that. I really have love for the art form. I don’t write to make a whole lot of money or for the attention. I’m in love with words and wordplay.
6. What was the hardest part about creating this story? The hardest part about it was trying to keep their dialogue authentic. That took the most time for me. I listened to a lot of audio recordings and songs from the 1950’s. Once I channeled myself, it was like I couldn’t stop walking around talking like them. The characters came to life for me and I could hear them clearly after a year.
7. As a writer, what keeps you motivated? I like to read a lot of classic novels. That’s what I was raised on, so women like Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Toni Morrison gives me the motivation to stay true to my craft and to do what I absolutely love to do. In my next novel, I dedicate the whole book to Miss Zora because her folklore way of telling a story is something that drew me in about her writing. I’m attempting to do Folklore with my next one.
8. What is some of the best advice you have received from other writers? The very best advice I was given was to never stop writing. No matter what happens to me in this business, to keep right on writing.
9. E-books or Paperback, which do you prefer? I prefer Paperback because I love the smell of the pages and the feel as I turn them. It reminds me of when I was child. I would spend hours and hours in the library until my grandma would come drag me out. Even at home, I would get under the covers and read with a flashlight until I fell asleep.
10. What books are on your shelf to read? Carl Weber’s The Family Business 2 is one that I’m really looking forward to reading as well as Sister Souljah’s A Deeper Love Inside.
11. What's next for you? I’m working on an erotic vampire trilogy called After Dark and the Folklore called Beneath the Bayou which will be released in 2014.
12.How can readers get in contact with you? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.niyahmoore.com
About the Author
One leap of faith jumped into several acknowledgments of talent. Her works include novels, Major Jazz, Guilty Pleasures and Bittersweet Exes; and inclusions in several Award-Winning and Award-Nominated anthologies such as: the 2012 AALAS nominated anthology, Heat of the Night, 2008 AALAS Winning Erotic Anthology, Mocha Chocolate: Taste a Piece of Ecstasy. Niyah's short story "After Dark" is included in the anthology, Zane's Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4. She is also an Honoree of the 2013 Exceptional Women of Color Award of Northern California. Niyah is a mother of two, who loves sharing her love for words with the world.
You can find more information on Niyah at www.niyahmoore.com and www.peaceinthestormpublishing.com