New to the world of fiction, acclaimed writer and communications professional A.C. Moore brings unique, exciting and tasteful stories to reading lovers. A.C. likes to describe his writing style as fresh storytelling with a keen ability of building intimacy and interaction between his readers and his characters. As a Christian, husband, and father, he prides himself on including plenty of detail, yet keeping his stories free from obscenities and unnecessary pursuits.
Growing up and now working in the Baltimore / Washington DC Metropolitan area, A.C. discovered his dream of becoming an author early in his childhood. A fan of creative writing courses and assignments, he flourished in school and began to apply his talent in the workforce.
Countless published writings and awards followed him throughout his education and career. A.C. graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. He has since worked in several writing, public relations and marketing environments.
Currently, A.C. is pursuing a Master’s degree in Communications from Johns Hopkins University.
BPM: What makes you powerful as a person and a writer?
What makes me powerful as a writer is that I can create an entire world from thought. I spoke at a conference once and talked about the spiritual side of writing. Writing gives me a sense of how God must operate. To be able to create a world, characters (with flaws and all) for a reason, purpose and story, is God-like. Also, to know the outcome, when the characters obviously do not and when they go through struggles that ultimately benefit them or work toward a larger good, it makes you wonder if perhaps we struggle from time to time or deal with our shortcomings because of a story that’s being written. Think about it.
BPM: Who are your mentors? Where do you find your inspiration?
I’ve been fortunate to land jobs after college that have allowed me to write and publish my works in various channels. Currently, I write a newsletter for more than 1.2 million customers. Before that, I worked as a Marketing Director for a weekly newspaper I would write for that publication all the time and prior to that I worked for a nonprofit Communications Department, where I wrote everything from newsletter articles to press releases, speeches and other correspondence. My mentors have been all the people throughout my career. My inspiration is Tyler Perry, President Barack Obama, Joel Olsteen, Jay Z – they have reached the top of their game and are still pushing forward. I love that.
BPM: Finish this sentence - My writing offers the following legacy to future readers ...
The legacy of honorable success. I am a self-published author, but have been offered the chance to be picked up by an agent and potentially a publishing house if I made my book more “ethnic” by that they meant more cursing, more sexual detail. I chose not to take that path. I have three daughters, a wife and mentees that look up to me for various reasons. I want to make this climb without sacrificing my character and values. I don’t knock those that write more graphic novels, but I believe there are other stories to tell and there is an audience that really want authentic stories without choice words and descriptions. So the legacy I want to leave behind is honorable success.
BPM: Introduce us to your book, Even Angels Need Miracles.
Even Angels Need Miracles is a Christian Fiction that centers two main characters Aalon, a guardian angel and Erin Crawford, an attorney from Baltimore.
Aalon has served as a guardian angel throughout his entire existence. He’s experienced and wise, yet his latest human assignment proves to be a difficult challenge. Crime, substance abuse and mistreatment of others have put his human on a very destructive path. Daily, Aalon watches over him and protects him from dangers seen and unseen – but not without frustration. When his human assignment sets out to murder his girlfriend, Aalon tries to stop him and actually causes his death. This is the first time in history an angel – guardian angel no less – has ever “killed” his own human assignment. To make matters worse, the devil stumbles upon the aftermath and decides to bring Aalon to trial and have him sentenced to the same fate he suffered millenniums ago. While just about every angel has turned their back on Aalon, a few angels stand by his side – one in particular, Athyna, travels to Earth to seek the help of a human. This is where Erin comes into the picture.
Erin has proven on many occasions that money is not her main driver. She takes pride in helping the honest and less fortunate. This noble cause, however, has kept her in debt and behind on her bills. And as she refuses to take on prestigious, yet shady clients her family and friends shake their head in disagreement. When Erin is approached by a woman, who claims to be an angel needing her help. She is almost ready to change her mind about her mission.
Athyna has to convince Erin, without the full use of her powers that everything she is saying is true and that her help is desperately needed. But, there’s no guarantee that even if Erin is convinced that she can defend this angel against the most cunning debater of all time – Satan himself.
Meanwhile, as Aalon awaits his trial outcome in hell. He runs into the human soul he mistakenly helped to send and decides he will attempt to do what has never been done before – rescue that soul from hell.
Even Angels Need Miracles is a mystical journey that takes readers from Earth to heaven and hell, and through a rare plot, explore the complexities of sacrifice, redemption and values. Through the lives of these main characters and others, readers should be able to see bits of themselves and ask questions such as what kind of character do I embody when faced with a difficult situation? Can my values ever change without the feeling of compromise? And are the lives and well-being of the unknown ever worth a steep sacrifice?
While the book has some Christian references and overtones, it’s not religious or preachy. It’s actually written to be entertaining and fun.
BPM: Who were your favorites? Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?
My favorite writers include Walter Mosely and James Patterson. I also like Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, for their creation of Superman, who is one of my favorite characters in literature - if you consider comics to be a part of the literary world. One of my goals in writing is to create characters that readers fall in love with, idolize and have the ability to outlive me and my writing. I’m sure my characters portray qualities of real people in my life, but a bit here and there.
BPM: What specific situation or revelation prompted you to write your book?
This is my second novel. In 2004, I wrote a romance entitled Always Room for Dessert. It was a romance novel that dealt with a woman marketing consultant and her client who was a chef/restaurant owner. In the book he cooked for her as a way to court her and I thought it would be interesting to share the recipe with readers. It was an idea I had way back in high school and wrote it in my late 20’s. The response was very welcoming. Many people asked me for another and I decided there were plenty of romance novels out there, but not Christian Fiction from a black male author. So let’s see.
BPM: Take us inside the book. What are two major events taking place?
The death of the human at the hands of his own guardian angel and the engagement between the angel and Erin. Two others that have to be mentioned however is the exchange between Aalon and the Devil and the Devil and Erin in court.
BPM: Who do you want to reach with your book and the message within?
I want to reach readers who have ever thought they made a mistake so bad that they thought there wasn’t a solution. This angel has made what is considered the ultimate mistake and while there are consequences that come with the mistake, there is also a solution to the matter- albeit difficult, a solution nevertheless. I also want to reach anyone who is interested in reading a unique story. A story written by an author that values clean literature without sacrificing authenticity.
BPM: How will reading your book shape the readers lives?
This book will shape readers lives in that it will give them an opportunity to see how real problems that are bigger than the reader can actually be solved with a little help. And sometimes that help comes in an unexpected form. Furthermore, it’s possible that help can come from someone who normally should be receiving help.
BPM: What are some of their specific issues, needs or problems addressed in this book?
Again, the importance of sacrifice – even if to benefit unknown beneficiaries; after all, we are all connected in some way. The book also really teaches us that even the impossible can be overcome with help and faith.
BPM: What was the most powerful chapter in the book?
Probably right around chapters eight and nine. In eight, Erin is approached by the angel, desperately trying to convince her of the magnitude of the situation. As a reader you can see how difficult this will be. In chapter nine, the devil receives Aalon in hell to be held there until the end of the trial. Every angel in heaven just knows that the devil is going to torture and maim him to his heart’s content, but instead the devil does something out of character –by the end of the chapter readers can see just how smart and cunning the devil is, which shows just how much of an uphill battle Erin has if she is going to face off against him in the court.
BPM: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
Ultimately, an entertaining story - one that will encourage them to tell others about the book.
BPM: What do you think makes your book different from others on the same subject?
In most angel / human relationship books, it’s usually the angel providing help to the human. In Even Angels Need Miracles, the help is coming from the other direction. It’s unique. While it passes along some moral sprinkles to readers, it does it not through preaching, but clever storytelling.
BPM: Share with us your latest news or upcoming book releases.
I’ll be participating in book fairs and conventions across the country over the next several months. Check my Web site, MooreNovels.com for details, but also – this book ends in a way that begs for a sequel and I plan to introduce the guardian angel again.
BPM: How can our readers reach you online?
MooreNovels.com, Twitter.com/authr_a_c_moore, and I also have a fan page on Facebook.
A.C. Moore, Author of Even Angels Need Miracles and Always Room for Dessert
Information about my books, and my bio. can be found at http://www.moorenovels.com/
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