Thursday, November 1, 2012

Author, author... all about it !!

I am thrilled to say w have C.R. Moss here today!!

Welcome C.R., can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi! Thanks for having me here today. :) My name is Chris, and I write under the names C.R. Moss for erotic and mainstream romance and Casey Moss for mainstream dark fiction (horror, suspense, urban fantasy). My professional bio for C.R.: “An eccentric and eclectic writer, C.R. Moss pens stories for the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers Worlds of Possibilities when it comes to love.” Basically I write stories from the light and sweet to the dark and deadly with varying degrees of sexual heat. The bio for my other persona: Casey Moss delves into the darker aspects of life in her writing, sometimes basing the stories on reality, sometimes on myth. No matter the path, her stories will take you on a journey from the light-hearted paranormal to dark things unspeakable. What waits around the corner? Come explore…

What did you want to be when you were growing up or did you always want to be a writer?

For a very brief period of time, I had ideas of becoming a teacher or an astronaut. Both occurred before the age of ten. But for the most part, I knew I wanted to write at a young age, as early as I learned to read. I was always cooking up stories to entertain myself in the rural area I lived in. Had to since there were no other kids around to play with. My defining moment came when I received an A in English in grade school. I was just shy of being a teenager when I had my ‘calling.’ Ever since then, most of my choices in life have revolved around my goal of becoming a full-time fiction writer and being published.

When did you first start writing?

Like I said above, the thought of writing for a living solidified when I was in middle school and received an A in English. I looked at the grade and that’s when my life was defined. I realized I could do it. From that point on, I put pen to paper to get my thoughts down and made sure to take classes appropriate to learning and honing the craft. I started with working on the school newspaper in middle school to creative writing classes, Drama and Teens Art Festivals in high school. My BA from Rutgers stems from a concentration of courses in Communications and English. I’ve even taken a couple of novel writing workshops where I was mentored one-on-one by a Kensington author. Now there are the classes at the conventions and conferences that I attend, which helps to keep me writing.

What is a typical writing day like for you? 

First off I’ll check email, do some promotion tasks, then I’ll either work on a draft of a story via longhand, or transcribe what I’ve written in a notebook into the computer, or work on edits. It all depends upon where I’m at with a story or series and what’s in the pipeline of mine at my publishers.

Do you have any specific routine you follow or specific items you need with you when you write?

Not really. Though if I do get stuck, I try to relax and I’ll light some incense and/or take a bath to get in the right frame of mind to be creative. I like to have a thesaurus and the internet for research available when I write.

What is your favorite part of writing?  Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?

For me the most interesting fact about writing is the research and learning new things.  I love to learn. And my favorite part is working for myself and being my own boss. The least interesting facets of writing/what I don’t like too much are deadlines and galleys.

What is your favorite length of book to write?  (Short story, novella, full length novel) Why?

I tend to lean more toward writing short stories and novellas, but I wouldn’t really say I have a favorite. I write the length the story calls for, and if that turns out to be a full length novel, then that’s fine with me. :)

How does your family feel about your writing and you being an author?

They’re happy I’m following my dreams. Granted a couple members don’t really like that I write erotic, but for the most part they’re good with what I’m doing.

Is there a to-be-read waiting on your bedside table?

I have a lot of TBR books. There are several on my kindle. I have a large shopping bag full of books a friend of mine gave me. Then there are a few piles of books in my office and my library that I want to read someday.


Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1)  Favorite Holiday - Halloween

2) Favorite Drink – depending upon where I’m at and what I’m doing either Iced Tea, Baileys on ice, or a brown ale

3) Favorite Author – Anne Rice

4)     Favorite Book - Remembrance By Jude Deveraux

5) Favorite Animal - Bear

Where can our readers find you?? 
Find C.R. Moss here ~


Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
Wild West Hauntings ~ Book 2 of the Double D Ranch Tales by C.R. Moss & R.M. Sotera ~ A contemporary, paranormal, erotic romance story set in Nevada.


In life and the afterlife, on the Double D Ranch one belief holds true—the power of love changes lives.

With cowboys, ghosts, modern day women, hot dreams, pre-wedding relations and a bit of sexy time travel, life promises to be one wild time on the ranch again.

Rachel Star has met the man of her dreams … literally. Too bad he’s a ghost. When true love crosses boundaries from dreams to reality and across time, the Double D ranch is the place it happens. It takes the love of a man from the past, Dalton Dougan, to bring love full circle in the present for Rachel.

Bristol Ashcombe, soon to be Dougan, is ready to have her baby … and so is a poltergeist. Can the love of a woman for her man and child sustain her during the most horrible of terrors? Can the love between family and friends really dispel the evil haunting them?

For more on the series and the book visit the Double D Ranch Tales blog at

 One last thing before we let you leave us today Chris, do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share but it's totally up to you.

In March of 2012, I was in San Antonio, TX and stayed at the Menger Hotel. The restaurant served an awesome tortilla soup. When I returned home, I did some research on the internet and found the recipe. :) It’s now a favorite of mine and hubby’s. The recipe below is from:

Menger Beef Tortilla Soup

~ Ingredients for Menger Tortilla Soup
5 ounces ground beef
¾ cup yellow onions, chopped
¼ cup Poblano peppers, chopped
½ cup Anaheim peppers, chopped
1 ¼ cups tomatoes, diced
½ cup tomato paste
3 quarts chicken stock
½ teaspoon of cumin
4 sprigs cilantro
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
Black pepper to taste
~ Garnish, per serving:
2 tablespoons of deep-fried tortilla strips
1 teaspoon Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 teaspoon cheddar cheese, grated
~ Method for Menger Tortilla Soup
Brown ground beef drain fat.
Add onions, peppers and tomatoes.
Sauté until just tender.
Add tomato paste.
Sauté lightly (do not let paste burn).
Add stock and seasoning.
Bring to a boil simmer for 45 minutes.
Before serving, skim excess fat.
To serve, pour soup into bowls, garnish with deep-fried tortilla strips and 2 teaspoons of cheese blend.

 Yummy, now that sounds awesome!  Thanks so much for sharing it with us :)  I'm so anxious to get a copy of your Wild West Hauntings and it was a pleasure having you with us today.  Please come back again soon !!!
Readers, make sure you get your copy of Wild West Hauntings today :) 
Until next time, happy reading!!

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