Interview with Judy Moore Author of The Mother-In-Law

Give a warm welcome to Judy Moore, author of  The Mother-In-Law!

Pull up a chair, grab a drink of your choice from the cooler, a Chocolate Chip or Peanut Butter cookie from the plate, and let’s find out a little about Judy Moore and her book The Mother-In-Law.

Judy, Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve lived in Florida my entire life. I grew up in Miami playing competitive tennis. I was a highly ranked junior player, played for Florida State University, travelled in Europe, and later became a teaching pro. While at FSU, I became interested in journalism and went on to get a master’s degree in journalism at University of Florida. I worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine feature writer, and editor of national business publications. Because of my tennis background, I also wrote about tennis for several years, as well as other sports. Now, I’m at the point in my life where I can write what I really want to write—mysteries and thrillers.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I never thought about being a writer. I was really good at math, like off the charts, so I always thought I would do something with math. I was one of only two girls selected for advanced calculus classes in college. But after six quarters of calculus, I couldn’t take it anymore. It didn’t seem practical to the real world. I changed majors and started taking journalism classes. It just felt right and writing came so naturally.

Why do you write what you write?

I grew up reading Agatha Christie and have always loved reading and watching mysteries. When I took an early retirement from my full-time editing job, I decided it was time to start writing mysteries myself. In the past few years, I’ve written three mystery novels and six novellas. The Mother-in-Law, a thriller, is my latest. Readers seem to really like it and it was fun to write. Murder in Vail is probably my favorite, a whodunit about a family home for the holidays who find themselves snowbound with a killer in their midst.

How did you come up with the title of your latest book, The Mother-in-Law?

I think there is high interest in the relationship between new spouses and their mothers-in-law. Will they get along? Will there be problems? Mothers-in-law often get a bad rap, usually unwarranted, but in this case, rightfully so. So I wanted to keep the title simple. I think the name The Mother-in-Law, along with the image I chose, portrays the mysterious nature of the book.

What is your approach to writing?

I write in a simple journalistic style. Grab the reader’s attention and hold on to it. Use quotes effectively and succinctly. Above all, don’t let the reader get bored. Keep the story interesting and keep it moving! The biggest challenges in writing mysteries is to give the readers enough clues without giving away the killer.

What do you want your readers to take away from your books?

My books are primarily for entertainment for people who love thrillers and mysteries, to give them a break from reality and an enjoyable reading experience. If there is a theme that runs through my books, it’s that an individual’s nature rarely changes and certain extreme personalities will do anything to get what they want, regardless of the impact on the lives of others. They’re out there among us, so if you recognize one, get away from them as fast as you can!

 What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Being a lifelong Floridian, I love swimming, playing golf, and walking on the beach with my dog. I no longer play tennis because of injuries, but love watching tennis on television. I also like to read other mystery authors and paint. I take lessons whenever I can.

Okay, you’re casting the movie version of your novel – who would you choose for the main characters? We’re talking dream cast.

For The Mother-in-Law, I think Jessica Lange as the mother-in-law, Jessica Alba as the daughter-in-law, and Chris Pine as the husband. For Murder in Vail, I always pictured Michelle Pfeiffer as Sally, the mother, who is dealing with her selfish adult children and their spouses.

Okay, tell us little about The Mother-In-Law

To read more or purchase, click on the cover.

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman from California makes a rash decision and marries a handsome Floridian after knowing him for only one month.
She gives up everything she knows to move cross countrv to live with her new husband, a widower, and his five-year-old son.
Everything seems idyllic until they arrive at her husband’s oceanfront home, and she meets her mother-in-law. There’s something strange about the woman and the mother/son relationship.
It’s not long before her suspicions begin to overwhelm her as she becomes ensnared in the secrets and lies of her new family.

Available at Amazon

About the Author:

Judy Moore writes mystery novels and thrillers, as well as lighter family fiction. She is a longtime news writer, editor, and magazine feature writer, and has a master’s degree in journalism. Her fiction and nonfiction work has been published in numerous national publications, and her novels are published by BTGN publishers. Her most recent thriller, The Mother-in-Law, is a favorite with Amazon readers. A lifelong Florida resident, she is a former tennis pro and sports writer, so her stories sometimes have a sports backdrop. Her novel “Somebody Killed the Cart Girl” is a golf mystery, and her “Murder in Vail” is set on the ski slopes of Colorado. Her Christmas anthology “Christmas Interrupted,” contains three popular novellas: “Airport Christmas,” “The Holiday House Sitter,” and “The Hitchhiker on Christmas Eve.” An earlier novella, “Birds of Prey,” and her new novelette “Football Blues,” are also available on Amazon.

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It was wonderful having you with us today Judy Moore.  Please feel free to stop by anytime. Good Luck with The Mother-In-Law!

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