Tyora Moody is the author of soul-searching Suspense novels in the Victory Gospel Series and the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. She is the 2013 Urban Literary Awards Debut Author Winner and 2013 Urban Literary Awards Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Winner. Tyora is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers.
As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC. Popular services include online publicity, social media management, book trailers and book covers. The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit was released January 2014. On Mondays, Tyora hosts The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast.
UC: Tyora, welcome once again to UC His Glory Book Club! Tell us, Tyora, if readers want to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
TM: I’m an introvert by nature, meaning I’m a quiet person. :) I make up for not being talkative by being a huge observer and doer. Definitely a behind the scenes gal who loves to serve.
UC: What has helped shape you as a writer?
TM: I would have to say life. I never really thought about writing fiction until 2006. Due to some grief in my life, I was led to turn to what has been my biggest comfort most of my life – writing. I would say there is definite piece of my personality or experiences in most of my main characters.
UC: Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something in particular that inspired you to choose this field?
TM: I’m an engineering major turned web developer. I have always been geeky and been driven by technical things. While I loved writing, it wasn’t a priority to me.
UC: What matters most to you as a writer?
TM: That I continue to grow from one book to the next, always keeping the joy of storytelling alive. Even more importantly as a Christian Fiction writer, I would like to see my books empower or enlighten the reader in their faith walk.
UC: How did you come up with the idea of combining Christian fiction with suspense?
TM: I’m a huge mystery and suspense fan. I’ve been reading mysteries since my Nancy Drew days. I think because I’m an analytical and detailed person, I like stories that make me think. I’ve grown to appreciate the art of making your readers guess. Combining it with Christian Fiction became a natural fit for me due to my faith and the fact that not many people were writing this type of combination.
UC: What are some of your future literary goals?
TM: I have been told my writing style is very similar to literary fiction. I wouldn’t mind stepping into that genre. I could even see myself writing young adult fiction one day.
ABOUT THE SERIES – Letting go of the past is no longer an option for three female business owners in Charlotte, NC. The Victory Gospel Series introduces three women whose pasts insist on walking beside them like a maddening visitor, unwilling to depart. Through a series of twists and life-altering experiences, these women learn victory over pain truly only comes in developing a deep trust in God.
UC: What words of wisdom do you have to impart to aspiring authors?
TM: Stay persistent. Be willing to learn. This industry changes fast, but the fundamentals of good writing will always be very important. Learn to write well and keep growing your skills.
UC: What are some of your passions outside of writing?
TM: I love movies. Big action movies. Funny animated movies. Anything but sappy romantic movies. LOL!
UC: How can you be contacted?
TM: While I have many websites. TyoraMoody.com is my official website online. You can contact me and find all my online spots.
For more information about her literary endeavors, visit her online at TyoraMoody.com