Jeremy Moran, the author of Shadow of Exposure, shares some info on what it's like being a new author!
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
It’s always been a goal of mine to write and publish a novel but I never thought it would actually happen. I’ve always loved writing, the escape of it was and is brilliant; the romantic idealism of being a writing is absolutely alluring to me.
What was your first job?
Unironically I was a paper boy. I think I might have been 11 or 12 when I started that delivering papers. I made $13 a week. I thought it was the greatest thing to be doing. I opened my first savings account and watched my money grow very very slowly. Though I believe interest rates at that time were fairly good so it was quicker than we earn on our savings nowadays.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
It’s a bit amusing how Shadow came to be. I was furloughed from my project managers position in NYC and found myself writing more and more. I figured it would be a good time to give this a shot and possibly land a writing gig of some sort but with little to no credentials to back my resume up with I found it nearly impossible to even be entertained in any sort of role. But I kept plugging along and applying to various organizations and firms throughout most of NY. One morning I came across a post on LinkedIn looking for writers to submit chapters of a story for an interactive experience. At the time I wasn’t even sure what that meant but I applied and they asked for a sample. So, I wrote 2 separate story lines, each a few paragraphs long. They liked the first one I sent and wanted me to expand on it. Before I did, I enquired about payment and how this would all work moving forward. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I guess, they never responded to my questions. So, I decided to take the two or three paragraphs that I had written as a sample and expand on it. Even at this time I didn’t expect it to turn into a novel never mind it ever getting published but here we are just over a year later and Shadow of Exposure is in print and selling pretty well.
What was your life like before you became an author?
The 20 years leading up to me taking the leap into this industry I worked in the construction industry as a carpenter mostly. I even owned and have been partners in a few construction firms throughout the US. I used to, as a hobby, build furniture using centuries old hand tools. No power tools, no modern fasteners or adhesives, only what joiners used 100+ years ago. There’s nothing like the sound of a properly set up hand plan or hand saw cutting or shaving a piece of wood. One day soon I will have space that I can pick this old hobby up once again.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
Yes, I have overcome obstacles throughout my life. I grew up poor but we were always happy, at least mostly happy. My mother raised my brothers and my sister pretty much on her own and I credit my courage and drive to her. I’ve nearly been homeless more than once in my life and I think the key to any challenge that life throws at any of us is to simply not give up. You can’t give up, it’s just not an option. I’m a father of three beautiful lovely daughters that have, unknowingly, taught me that lesson at a young age. There is no pause button when you’re a parent.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
I can’t say that my life has changed because I’m published, at least not yet, but the past year and a half my life has changed drastically due to a lot of reasons. One being the COVID19 pandemic; If I never lost my job, I would have never written this novel or started my blog or written extensive poetry and short stories or written my next novel, Poor Free Island which I’m shopping around at the moment. I would have never moved out of Brooklyn to Philadelphia with my partner Amanda, which has been such a great decision and we are so loving living in our new home.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
When I wake up, I usually make us coffee and we sit and chat for a few minutes before our day starts. This is my favourite time of the day. The calm of the morning and the feeling of a fresh new start lingers in the air. Then I’ll usually read a chapter or two of whatever novel or literary magazine I’m currently reading. Right now, I go back and forth between Kindred by Octavia Butler and one of the great issues of Bourbon Penn. Then I will either work on one of my writing projects; currently I’m working on a movie script for a production company based in Canada, or I will post and manage my social media accounts. I’m also in the works of publishing my own zine which hopefully will be out in the next few months so look out for The WIP zine Experience, WIP standing for Work In Progress.
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
At the moment I think it was the first time I held a physical copy of Shadow in my hand. It was overwhelming as I said before I really never thought I would ever pull this off but here we are.
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
It’s been a good experience. Everyone has been very helpful throughout the process.
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