Indie Inspirations: Author Dalya Moon

As a new weekly Friday Feature on my blog, I’m going to be interviewing fellow Indie authors I find Inspiring. I’ve been very inspired by Dalya Moon over on the Kindle Writers Cafe and she graciously agreed to do an interview!

Several of you may remember my review of her book, Broken Shell Island.

Where did you get your idea for Broken Shell Island?
I started off thinking about a kid who went on a school exchange program and ended up living with an Addams Family type of family. But then I aged the kid and made it a little less comical. As for the island, that has to come from the islands around Vancouver, including Bowen Island, which I’ve been to a few times by ferry.

The actual name came from brainstorming while at the beach. I looked around at beach things and jotted down a bunch of possibilities. From the list, it was a very easy choice. I don’t even remember the other options.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Painter or potter.

What is the first book you remember reading?
Archie comics!

Is there a book you’ve read, that you wish you had written? Why?
I love Bridget Jones’s Diary, but I’m Canadian, not English, so there’s no chance I could have written it. Still, it’s a fantastic book. In a parallel universe, perhaps!

I see that you’ve started doing the sequel to Broken Shell Island as a serial? Is there a benefit to readers there? Can you explain why readers might want to take a closer look at serials?
I think the benefit is spreading out the entertainment. Writers can only write so fast, and if you have the whole book all at once, if you’re anything like me, you’ll read the whole thing.

I don’t thinks serials are for everyone. Some people are going to *hate* it, while others are going to enjoy the delicious torture.

Tell us about your YA blog? YAINDIE
YAINDIE.com is about YA books and “indie” or self-publishing. I like to help other writers by sharing what I’ve learned along the way. Instead of taking it on myself, I’ve gotten a bunch of old friends and new friends to co-host and add their knowledge. It’s one of those things that doesn’t sell books, but I do enjoy interacting with other authors and sharing.

Who inspires you?
Various people, especially those who are funny. I love Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., and Mike Birbiglia. People who speak the truth are funny.

And most importantly, would you let the pixies do your hair?
Yes. I’ve come to accept my curls, but they’d be gone in a heartbeat if only the pixies would make a house call.