Heather B. Moore: Building a Dynasaty One Book at a Time!

Almost from the time of inception, InD’tale magazine has been friends with Heather B.Moore.  We were introduced to her amazing talent when she was a successful Christian author struggling to find an audience within mainstream.  We have watched her as she has developed and become a favorite of readers around the world.  And, have seen her transform herself from, not just an author, but a publisher and CEO of a brand that is fast becoming a mainstay in publishing. She spear-headed the anthology movement and is helping to transform the industry!  Not only is she extremely gifted, though, she is also extremely intelligent, kind, loyal and driven.  She is a joy to know and an honor to introduce you to!

InD: In the years I have known you, I have always been absolutely amazed at how many things you juggle all at once. Lately, you seem to be traveling everywhere, on top of writing and running your empire!
I have been traveling a lot this past summer. It seems I’ve been all over the nation, like Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. I’ve been going with my 15 year old daughter, who plays volleyball competitively. She is a sophomore this year, but next June she will be considered a junior and can be officially contacted by college coaches, but they are sending her camp invitations and questionnaires. They’re also coming to her high school games, even though they cannot officially offer until next summer.
InD: Wow! You have an older daughter who also played competitive volleyball, didn’t you?
: Yes, she played college volleyball, as well. She just graduated in May.
InD: How many children do you have?
I have four; a son who is 24, and then three daughters 22, 19, and 15.
InD: Wow, that alone will keep you busy! It has been a busy few years, hasn't it? Which makes it even more amazing that you are doing so much in publishing and doing it very successfully!
The main reason I can juggle so much is that I don't have to go and clock in somewhere. I can be on my laptop and write 1500 words while sitting at a car dealership waiting for repairs. Anywhere that has Wi-Fi means I can work there. That is what I love, especially with the publishing world. You can really be a freelancer and do well, but that can also be a downfall because you never escape work.
InD: That is true. I think anytime you are in any business for yourself, work follows you everywhere. You always have that little cloud of niggling responsibility over your head. Now, it can be a good cloud, but it's always there.
: Yeah, always.
InD: I have found that the hardest interviews for me to do are with people I already know. I take for granted a lot of information people don't know, so it can be really hard to remember to cover everything. So...where were you born?
I was born in Rhode Island. My dad was getting his doctorate degree from Brown University and then he got a job at BYU teaching Ancient Scripture.
InD: So, did you grow up in Utah?
In my early years we lived in Orem, Utah, but we traveled back and forth to the Middle East a lot when I was a kid because my dad worked for BYU, but also because he did special projects. One was for the Coptic Church. We lived in Egypt when I was seven and eight years old, and then when I was 16 and 17, we lived in Israel, where I went to high school. Whenever he finished his work, though, we would come back to Orem.
InD: Wow! Do you remember living in Egypt when you were young?
I do. We lived in a little suburb called Ma’adi. I remember I went to the Cairo American College, which is an American school, where you speak English. It starts in kindergarten and goes all the way through college. My mom taught music there, so all five of us kids (I had four brothers and sisters) went with her every day to school and to our classes. I remember we would pass the city mass commuter train and see people literally leaning out of the windows because it was so crowded, and sometimes the men rode on top of the train. We used to take these little coins, which were like pennies, called piasters and put them on the train track, wait for the train to pass, then grab the coin which would be completely flat. We thought that was awesome.
I wrote a thriller where part of the story takes place in that neighborhood. We lived in an apartment, which was really weird for me because I had grown up living in a house. In this residence, we had to get on an elevator and go up to our apartment. I remember there were cockroaches, and we had a maid, which was a complete novelty. She would come in to clean, with her hair all wrapped up in the scarf and she had the most beautiful brown eyes. Our family went to touristy places like Giza and saw the pyramids and sometimes we would go shopping in the open air markets. My mom was good at bartering in Arabic for the best prices. Everyone would try to get our attention because we were these little blonde haired, blue eyed American children, so they would try to speak English with us.

Read the entire interview in the November 2019 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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