Can we have your name and a bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m G.K. Moore, I’m a sucker for alpha males and lover of all things romance. Reading is my main hobby, and writing is my greatest passion.
My debut, Covert Part 1 (Chicago Angles #1), is coming out this Fall!
When and why did you decide to write your first book?
I’ve always loved to write. In fact, I have accumulated quite a collection of stories in my virtual drawer. About a year ago, I started writing a story that was different from all the others. I was intrigued by my own (!) characters, their crime life and their star-crossed love. My first bookCovert was born.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
It’s hard to explain why I chose the title Covert, without giving away the whole story. I’ll tell you that it has a lot to do with secrets!
The series’ name is Chicago Angels. I love Chicago, and from the start, I knew that it had to be set there. There’s just no greater city for a story filled with crime and passion. Every story in the series is about a hero going through his own personal struggles (and, of course, passions!). They are fighting for what they believe in, and for the people they love. In my eyes, that’s what makes them Chicago Angels.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
It contains mature (but no ‘dark’ or ‘BDSM’) content, so the audience will include anyone 17+ who loves romance, alpha males, strong female leads and a healthy dose of passion (and criminal activities!) in their reads. Prepare yourself: you will get steamy scenes between sexy characters!
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Olivia, the heroine of the story, is just awesome. Don’t get me wrong, Alessandro, my hero, is sexy, strong and the alpha male of my dreams. But for me, Olivia is the star of the show. Despite her difficult upbringing, she becomes a strong, intelligent and caring woman, which is pretty amazing if you ask me! She’s also kick ass, and can fend for herself. I like that!
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
My least favorite character is Silvio, Alessandro’s father. The guy is an asshole, there’s just no other way to put it. Being a mob lord requires some questionable morals, I get that, but, come on, did he really have to shoot that… but, hey, don’t let me give it away!
What was the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part is when it’s actually finished, and I have to give it away to that first reader. Preparing myself for the feedback requires a healthy amount of courage and ice cream!
Which Writers Inspire you?
Every indie author out there inspires me. Knowing there is a legion of authors who have done this before me, gives me the courage to pursue my dream.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I just want to write! And I’d love to do it 24/7, but for now, I’m happy to do it any spare minute I have.
What do you enjoy about writing?
To me, writing is freedom. When I write, the only limitation is my own imagination, and that’s an amazing feeling.
What books have you written to date?
My debut, Covert Part 1, is set to come out in the Fall. Covert is the first story in the Chicago Angels series. I ended up writing it as a three part serial. I love serials!
Are you working on anything at the minute?
I’m working on quite a few things.
Before I started Covert, I completed the first draft of a standalone YA novel titled Flying Blind. Whenever I have a free minute, I go back to revising it. My alpha reader (who moonlights as my developmental editor) will be receiving this manuscript in the next couple of months. If all goes well, it will be coming out in Spring 2015.
Most importantly for now, Covert Part 1 is being edited. I’m also revising Part 2, and I’m writing Part 3. In between, I’m also plotting the next story in the series. It will feature a male character that you will know from Covert. By the time you’ve finished Covert, chances are, you’ll want a lot more of him! I certainly do, and that’s why he gets the spotlight next!
How much Research do you do for your books?
Research is second nature for me. My readers deserve a seamless backdrop for an enjoyable reading experience.
For Covert, I’ve read a lot about the Chicago Outfit (all characters appearing in this work are fictional. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental). In the end though, this is really a romance at heart, so the goal is achieving a realistic crime feeling while still keeping the focus on romance. The question remains: how much research does romance need? 😉
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Unfortunately, I haven’t yet, but maybe someday!
If not, who would you most like to write with?
I’d love to write with other indie authors, so if anyone out there is interested, give me a shout out!
Who is your favorite Author?
The first romance I ever read was by Jane Austen. It was hook, line, and sinker. I fell in love with her stories. So even now, many years later, I still go back and re-read them whenever I need some romance therapy.
If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I’m still editing, so I have the luxury of still being able to change more than one thing. Plotwise, I feel really confident about it. Now, it’s just about the tweaking and polishing to give readers the best possible reading experience.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
A year ago, I was mostly writing sweet romance. One day, I woke up with the amazing (!) idea for Covert, thinking: I have to write this down, now! Usually, I’ll have the plot completed in my mind before I put anything on paper. But with Covert, I imagined the first scene so vividly, that I couldn’t help starting to write immediately. When I was done, I realized how different it was from anything I’d ever written before.
The first scene is a powerful one: Olivia finds herself with a gun in her hand and a dead body on her floor. That already gives me the shivers.
I continued writing, until Olivia reunites with Alessandro. And what a reunion it is! Let me just say, I had never written an explicit scene before, so I was actually blushing while re-reading (and I still do!).
I thought: this is really edgy! Can I really write this? A little unsure, I handed the draft to my hubby, who, btw, is the best hubby in the world. He was completely speechless (which never happens). Then, he said: Go and write this book! And here I am, many months later, talking about that book I almost didn’t write.
Whilst writing your book did you have much support from family and friends?
My hubby has been incredibly encouraging and supportive throughout this whole adventure. Without him, I wouldn’t have even completed the book, much less thought about publishing it. Well, there was some kind of mutual benefit: obviously he really enjoyed reading some scenes…
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
My number one hobby is reading, and I’m a very fast reader. Does that count as a talent? Usually, I’ll read a book a day.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Writing is my greatest passion, so whatever happens in the future, there will always be a book to be written. Watch out!
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
At the moment, I’m trying to create some buzz for my book and I do need all the help I can get.
So if you like the premise of the book, mark it as to-read on goodreads, follow/friend me on social media. Ask me questions if you are intrigued, I’ll answer on my blog or social media.
But really, just stay tuned and share and like info about the books. Word of mouth can do miracles!
I’m also always looking for beta readers and ARC readers. If you’re interested there’s a special section in my website where you can sign up.
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
This is my first rodeo, so it’s all new for me. I decided very early on to embark on the self-publishing journey, it just felt right. Since then, I’ve been reading other indie author’s blogs about their experiences.
I’m more of the dreamer type myself, so I have no idea how to promote a book. But there are tons of people out there who have done this before and have useful advice. I just google them.
Did you learn anything from writing your book?
I learned that you can only reach the end if you keep typing.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Just that I have the most amazing alpha and beta readers—a big thank you! And to Book Pimpers: you are awesome, I love your blog and it’s been fun—a big smooch and thank you!
Alessandro is the unwilling heir of a Chicago crime family. Intent on leaving the life set out for him, he decides to run as fast and as far away as possible. His plans crumble when one girl crash lands in his life. He should hate the daughter of his father’s mistress, but it’s near impossible when he finds that they are alike in more ways than one.
Olivia grew up watching men walk in and out of her mother’s life. When one man finally decides to stay, she learns that crime lords don’t leave until someone’s dead. Olivia’s salvation comes from the person she least expects: his son.
Six years later, Olivia and Alessandro are reunited when her life is threatened. If time has proven one thing, it’s that repeating their parents’ mistakes seems inevitable.
In a world where friendship is a luxury and love a death sentence, two unlikely lovers find each other only to be separated by their cruel reality.