Meet our Beta Reader / Author
Genre: Domestic Thriller
K. Moore lives on the Sunshine Coast, Australia and can be found often wandering its foreshore and beaches with her Karelian bear dog named Hathor. She’s an avid reader, hiker, and CrossFit enthusiast.
If you manage to locate a decent bottle of gin and a chair at the bar, she might be convinced to regale you with tales of her global travels. Without the gin, you’ll have to find the evidence within the pages of her stories and poetry.
We asked K.Moore to do a quick round of Q&A’s, and here they are:
Q 1: What are five words that describe your writing process?
A: Messy, Unscripted, Heartfelt, Chaotic and Long
Q 2: What inspired you to start writing?
A: I’ve always read and had dreamed about writing, however, it always seemed so unattainable. I never really thought I had a story worth telling. In early 2002 I was living in Paris and spent a lot of time alone wandering the streets with a notebook. I’d sketch street scenes and journal about new discoveries I’d found but these were more for me than anyone else. By late 2002 I’d taken a contract for work in Afghanistan and wrote vivid emails home to family and friends about things I’d seen or done. I was challenged to find the right words that could express the environment and capture the emotional essence of my experiences. I wasn’t really trying to be a writer back then. More capturing memories and sharing a digital journal before blogging was a thing. Over the years I’ve had many book ideas but I never knew how to go about it. I think one day in 2016 I woke up and said, let’s do this.
Q 3: What comes first, the plot or characters?
Q 4: What time of the day do you usually write?
A: Mid-morning for maybe an hour.
Q 5: What does your family think of your writing?
A: They are generally supportive.
Q 6: What is the significance of the title of your novel Desert Rose?
A :The book, Desert Rose, is set in the UAE and is the story of a mother’s emotional journey after her daughter goes missing and how she deals with all the cultural obstacles, nuisances and overlays on top of everything. The title came from the epilogue of the book where the protagonist describes a rose as a symbol for promise, hope and new beginnings. She discusses the myth of one of the most beautiful roses being found in the middle of the desert and questions why such a thing could be. The tale of this rose says it’s there to provide hope to those who are lost, thirsty and hungry. It’s a promise of strength and survival because if a simple rose can endure the hardships of the desert then the possibilities for us to overcome anything are endless.
Q 7: Toilet Paper Over or Under?
A: It really doesn’t matter as long as there is some there to use.
Q 8: Which would you rather do: ‘Never write another story or never read another story?
A: I would never write again. Although I have this inherent need to create and be creative, I find much comfort becoming lost in the words and worlds between the pages of a book. I get over book hangovers quickly and easily by picking up another book. As long as there are stories to read, I will be reading them.
I stand completely still and close my eyes as my life, my world, flashes before me. My blood turns to ice, and my breath hitches at the end of the increased ragged inhale. Trembling hands clasp in front of my stomach as my body rocks slightly.
Dread, the feeling I was momentarily keeping at bay, returns in full-force. I’m in a void of nothingness that constricts my entire being. Opening my eyes, I flinch and stumble as the overly bright fluorescent lighting blinds me. I struggle to inhale as my body becomes weightless, and everything turns black.
Alone in a foreign land, will Jennifer lose her freedom as well as her missing daughter?
In an instant, Jennifer’s life is forever altered.
When her ten-year-old daughter, Sarah, is abducted in Dubai, expats Jennifer and her husband Kevin are thrown into an unimaginable nightmare. With very little help provided by the local authorities and the US Embassy, Jennifer watches her life erode away and the tension in her marriage increase. Driven by rage and desperation, she is forced to make decisions she never thought possible.
An investigation without answers. A cover-up. A conspiracy. A betrayal.
There is no turning back.
What would you do if your child was taken?
Download Desert Rose HERE
If you would like to find out more about K.Moore, Desert Rose, and her upcoming releases, you can stalk her on the links below, and on her website HERE.