Interview: Carol Shelton Moye

Carol Shelton Moye is an example of someone who wrote at a young age and kept that love of writing into adulthood. It goes to show that if you don’t have time for writing now, don’t give up.

Enjoy this interview.

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. I was raised by a mother who loved the Lord and raised us in the church. My father didn’t attend church, but was just as fervent in his beliefs. My Christian background made me the person I am and is always present in my writing, whether it be fiction or inspirational.

When did you first start writing?

I wrote tons of poetry in high school. When my children were elementary school age, I taught a creative writing course in the summers that reignited my writing flame. I continued to infuse creative writing into courses I taught throughout my career. After retiring last year, I finally had time to spend on my own writing.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

My latest book, “Unfailing Love”, is the second volume in the “Psalms in the Key of my Life” series. My goal is to personalize the psalms and make them relevant to modern readers. The first volume, “Psalms in the Key of my Life” covers Psalms 1-50. “Unfailing Love”, covers Psalms 51-100. I am in the beginning stages of Volume III. Right now, all it has is a title, “Praise the Lord”.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

For those of you who are familiar with the psalms, the middle section is not easy reading, and except for a few of them, is not very inspirational. There is much about sin, hiding from enemies, Israeli-Arab conflicts, Jewish history, etc., I struggled to find inspiration and relevance. There were points I wanted to give up. Each time, God gave me exactly what I needed. It was an amazing experience.

Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?

Yes, it’s contained in the title. No matter what you are going through, God is there with his unfailing love. Just trust him to pull you through.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

My daughter is a writer. I watched her get rejection letter after rejection letter. I paid attention to the indie movement. I’ve got professional software and the training to use it. I have a fairly good command of the English language. I learn quickly. Why should I give someone else the power and the money to do what I can do myself? I will admit, self-publishing is very hard work. There are times I would like to just hand my book to someone else, but being the control freak I am, I know I must do it myself.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Having readers tell me that were inspired by my writing, that the psalms came alive in a new way for them.

What writing advice to you have for other aspiring writers?

Don’t let the opinions of others discourage you. Listen to advice, but stay true to your calling and your inner voice.

What do your fans mean to you?

They are like fuel for me.

Who are your favorite authors?

Christian authors: Max Lucado, Anne Lamott,

Secular: Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Faye Kellerman, John Grisham, Carol Wyer

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

I’m working on a few short stories. Often my characters get me up. I’m excited to continue their stories.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I have way more hobbies than I have time for; I am an amateur nature photographer, and an amateur musician. I also love to grow flowers.

AUTHOR BIO: 

Carol Shelton Moye is a retired public school teacher from Pittsburgh, PA who spent her final years teaching English to high school students. She now splits her time between Pittsburgh and the much sunnier, Richmond, VA. Although she loved inspiring teenagers to create poetry, photography and music, she is excited about having time to devote to developing her talents.

Carol is a member of the Richmond chapter of The Virginia Writer’s Club, Walkerton Writers (Richmond, VA), and when in Pittsburgh, participates in Voice Catch. Through these groups she is developing her skills as a writer of short fiction.

Learn more about Carol by visiting her website: http://cmoye.net/

Her photographs can be found many places, including: http://photos.cmoye.net

Carol is currently working on Volume III of Psalms in the Key of my Life (Psalms 101-150) and“Obsession”, a novella-length mystery.

Book Links:

Psalms in the Key of my Life: Volume I (Psalms 1-50)

Unfailing Love: Psalms in the Key of my Life-Volume II (Psalms 51-100)

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