Meet Timothy Moonlight, Author of Waiting in the Night the new exciting addictive suspense Novel Released on July 5th, 2020.
Now, Timothy, I understand your novel is an audiobook & e-book. Tell us more about yourself and your book
Understand this about me, the most important element when I write a novel is coordinating unexpected surprises for my fans. Readers should expect the unexpected. Waiting in the Night is a suspense crime novel. The following best summarizes the opening pages: a terrorized little girl who wakes to her mother’s screams, a horror writer who discovers that some things are best left unwritten, and a pair of detectives who are facing life and death while battling an invading drug cartel. In the grip of real danger, trust is as valuable as life itself. It’s too bad they’re both keeping secrets from each other. These different characters share one major problem: evil is hunting them all.
What inspired you to write this book?
The audiobook bonus content that I included after Brian Callanan’s narration discusses the history of the book. Here’s an interesting fact. I wrote the first draft over 20 years ago. It was called The Waiting Game back then. The book has changed drastically from its original concept. The bonus content in the audiobook goes into more detail.
What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?
This novel took many turns before it was completed, including one point where it almost failed. Really, it would have been a disaster, but I can point to one particular action that saved it. It was hard to go through with, in fact, I’m comfortable saying that it was the lowest point in my writing career, but I’m much stronger now because of what I accomplished. I discuss all of this in the bonus content of the audiobook, but to sum it up, the novel wouldn’t have been as strong as it turned out to be if I hadn’t been obsessed with making it better.
How do you stand out from your competition?
I write page-turning suspense and I take that title very seriously. I’ve had readers consume my books in one day (over 500 pages!) To me that is pure craziness. I always think, wow, it took me a year to complete this project and someone devours it in a single day, lol. It’s difficult to process, but I’m also grateful that people enjoy my work that much. My goal is to keep you turning the pages and keep you wondering about what is really going on in the story.
Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?
I’ve always been a huge Dean Koontz fan. I read my first Koontz novel and was introduced to the thriller genre when I was around 14. I wrote my first novel when I was 15, but have never done anything with it, and probably never will. I mainly stick to thrillers and have read Koontz, Stephen King, and more recently, Harlan Coben. My favorite book is Dean Koontz’s Seize the Night. If you’re reading this Mr. Koontz can you please return to Moonlight Bay? Thanks!
Tell us, what is your next step as an author?
I’m going to continue to write my series, The Penny Prelude Secret. The first book, Harrowed Dreams, is only available to my email list currently, but who knows, one day I may make it available to the rest of the world. It’s an intriguing first book about a woman who doesn’t know who she is, but quickly discovers the importance of her dreams. I suspect I’ll continue to write that series until it’s finished, so if you’re looking for more Penny, don’t worry, she’s on her way.
Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?
Never give up on your dream, but realize that the difficulty of the task you’re undertaking. I underestimated how much of my time marketing takes up. Zealously guard your writing time. Set a schedule and get it done, because when you publish, you have to make time to market your work, or it’ll just sit there and not move unless you help it along. If you’re having trouble staying on task and meeting your writing goals, keep a daily word count journal. You’re the only one who can write your story. This really helped me when I started out and it’s still something I do today. If you’re passionate about writing, you’ll make it happen.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I do want to say that my work is always professionally edited and I also hire a professional narrator for the audiobooks. Currently, the audiobook is 40% off right now if you use the provided link. You can also listen to the first chapter for free at the bottom of the sales page. The e-book is exclusive to Kindle and is available in Kindle Unlimited. Thanks so much for letting me on to talk about the book.
That’s awesome, thank you Timothy Moonlight for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.
Waiting in the Night audiobook is available now on Soundwise at only $17.99. That’s half off the new release price, check it out: