Today’s Author in the Spotlight is Isabelle Moss whose erotic love story Eros and the Magician was published earlier this month. You’ll find a buying link at the very bottom of the page.
Thanks for joining me today Isabelle. First of all, can you tell me what inspired you to start writing?
I wanted to see my oldest friend but we both had young families with four children apiece. She took creative writing holidays so I went. I played with words and never looked back.
Tell me about your journey to publication
I decided to selfpublish. I talked to a great many friends about their contracts and they seemed so varied. At the time I was taking a Creative Leadership Course and they offered help and support. I paid for professional editing and formatting because I wanted it to feel like a polished read. Then I took myself on an amazing learning curve of kindle and uploading and downloading and author pages and finally launched.
In a nutshell, what is your latest book about?
My latest book is a journey of self-discovery and coming to trust in love. It is a love story between a girl and a Magician set in woods and on beaches. It’s heart is the risk we take to become fully vulnerable in love.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
I don’t know. It emerged. The man was the Magician and the book is about desire. Desire is a gateway to love. Eros.
How did you celebrate publication day?
I got so much support and lovely messages. It has been such a wonderful way of connecting with people. My fingers are sore from talking to everyone and I am so grateful to have brought so people back into my life.
Do you have a work in progress just now?
This is the first book. There will be three or maybe four. Next I will edit the 200 remaining stories into poems and see what to keep and what to throw and then produce the books. When they are all ebooks I’ll bring out a paperback with them as a collection. I’m also turning them into audio books which feels very exciting.
What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months?
I loved The Overstory by Richard Powers. I recently read Black Beauty to my daughter and this book changed the lives of horses in London. I want The Overstory to do the same for trees.
What are you reading just now?
I am reading Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss . I’ve started to follow her teachings and as an Empowerment Coach it’s so important to follow our energy.
If you were on Desert Island Discs, what one book would you take with you?
The complete works of Rumi and then I’d have to make up stories of my own or try and rewrite the classics. Artists are allowed to copy the greats so I’d see it as training.
Is there a book you’d like to see made into a film? Who would be in your dream cast?
I’d like to see The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner made into a film but I’d like it as an animation by Studio Ghibli.
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And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?
The heroine from John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids. I read this when I was too young for it and it had a profound effect on me. The world they know is ending and she is no wilting heroine and she survives! A tale for our times!