When I was sixteen years old, my favorite thing to do was read and write. One sunny summer afternoon on the beach (Fire Island, of course!), I said to my BFF, Mindy, as we made our way across the hot sand, weaving between beach blankets, and heading toward the concession stands, “I want to write the book that everyone is reading on the beach one summer.” That particular summer, I think it was the paperback version of Sidney Sheldon’s The Other Side of Midnight.
Shortly after that, I went away to school and majored in writing, but then put writing fiction aside for many years, and had no plans to go back to it, when the name Schooner Moore appeared in my head one Friday night in December 2012. The next morning I began writing Searching for Moore, and by the end of the weekend, the first three chapters were written, and I could already feel the magic. The best way to describe the writing of SFM is that it was a magical experience, and I know that I will be chasing that high for the rest of my life. There was an energy surrounding me as I wrote it that felt like a gift from the universe.
When I finished SFM with its now legendary, “don’t get a manicure or you’ll eff up your nails hanging from the cliff” ending, I had envisioned it as a two-book series. Then Mia started showing up in my head, and what she was showing me, was so compelling that it was all I could think about, all I wanted to explore. And she started bringing men with her on her visits (little tart!) … with the first man, it got a lot more interesting and I thought, well maybe this will be a 3rd book, a stand-alone. But Mia was having no part of that. And she showed up again, while I was standing in my kitchen, and with her she brought yet another man. What I saw in my head left me holding onto the handle of my refrigerator door, with white knuckles, as I sobbed uncontrollably. It was in that very moment that the entire plot line of Moore to Lose and Moore than Forever “downloaded” in my head, right down to the minutest of details, integrating all three books. It was in that singular moment that the Needing Moore Series became a trilogy.
As Zac emerged an interesting and complex character in Moore than Forever, his story, Bad Son Rising, was born. Up next is Henry’s End and as the title suggests, this focuses heavily on Henry Clark, a character we met early on in Searching for Moore and didn’t see again until late in Moore than Forever, where reader-favorite, Seth Shapiro, is immediately smitten with the tall, ginger-haired man from the west coast.