1). Tell us a bit about yourself.
My speculative short fiction has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines such as FIYAH, Apex and Fireside. I have always loved writing stories about those “What ifs?” and the fantastic or supernatural. I’m actually from Washington, DC itself, born and raised, and proud of it. I’m an architectural historian and love history. It, along with my African American heritage, serves as a major inspiration for my work.
2). Who is your favorite vampire author?
I never ever want folks to forget about L.A. Banks.
3). If you had the choice, would you be a vampire?
Oh hell no, no matter how much I love wearing black and looking like a glamorous, decadent jetsetter. I don’t know what’s worse…the immortality, the inability to be out chilling in the sunshine or the constant hunger and the way I’d have to acquire it. I suppose it’s better than being a werewolf though. Now, that “con” list is way longer.
4). Who is your favorite vampire?
5). What do you like the most about Slay?
We have so many stories that are yet to be told as writers of African descent. I don’t think anything like this has been done before, so I thought it was very important to be a part of that representation and contribute to this new storytelling beyond the traditional neckbiter.
6). What inspired you to write “A Clink of Crystal Glasses Heard”?
Well, honestly, it was Judy Blume’s classic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. That impending womanhood and the expectations and mysteries that go along with it. I wanted to write something more lighthearted than what you’d expect for a vampire story. It’s a different vibe for me and was a lot of fun to write. I hope that readers think so too.
7). Tell us a bit about your story.
How many times did you get stuck with your parents and their friends at get-togethers when you were a kid or teen? Listening in on grown folks’ conversations? Let’s just say that my protagonist finds out there was more to them than she and her friends thought. It plays upon those coming of age tropes and is ultimately about connection and being there for one another.
8). What do you hope to accomplish with “A Clink of Crystal Glasses Heard”?
I hope readers enjoy the characters and the situation they’ve found themselves in. Laughter is expected and right now that’s a good thing.
9). Will there be more stories about your character?
Hey now, if someone out there digs it and wants it to be, then let’s chat? We can make this awesomeness happen!
10). How do we keep up with all things (author’s name)?
You can find my thoughts (and rants) on Twitter at @elleHM and see what I’m up to on IG at @lh_moore. For more in general, check out my site at lhmoorecreative.com.
11). What advice would you give to Slay readers about this anthology?
You’re in for a wild ride and you’re going to enjoy every minute of it!
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