Interview with author Shamron Moore


About the Author: Shamron Moore became fascinated with Hollywood at a young age. She counts Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, and Sharon Tate as early inspirations. In 2000, she left her home state of Michigan for the excitement of Los Angeles. Over the course of nearly eight years, she appeared in various international print publications, commercials, television shows, and feature films. She left the industry to focus on writing, one of her lifelong passions. Many of her experiences in Hollywood served as inspiration for Hollywood Strip. She has since written a sequel and is currently penning her third novel. You can visit Shamron at Her latest book is Hollywood Strip.

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About the Book: A young Midwestern girl moves to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune only to find success is more than she bargained for. Callie is a plucky young woman who knows exactly what she wants: fame, fortune, and a fabulous career as a Hollywood actress. A starring role in an unlikely hit movie and a romance with a sexy, chart-topping singer brings her instant notoriety. But in the City of Angels, overnight success is a breeding ground for money-hungry leeches and privacy-robbing paparazzi. She quickly discovers life as an on-the-rise starlet is not as glamorous as she once envisioned. Purchase your copy at AMAZON. Hollywood Strip Blog Tour Page:

What inspired you to write your first book? I was inspired to write Hollywood Strip soon after reading Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls. It’s interesting how so many of its themes–even though it was published in 1966–remain relevant today. Sex, drugs, plastic surgery…Susann was ahead of her time, and the originator of chick lit.  
What books have most influenced your life? Valley of the Dolls, obviously. I’ve always loved Tennessee Williams; everything that man wrote had so much heart and soul. I relate to many of his heroines. And all the actress bios I read as a teen–Marilyn, Rita, Grace, Greta–roused me to move to Hollywood and give acting a shot. I was kind of obsessed with Marilyn Monroe for a time, until I realized everyone else was, and I soon lost interest. I gravitate towards things slightly off the beaten path.  
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I don’t follow too many current authors…although I do like James Ellroy. His punctuated style is one-of-a-kind.  
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Since I was little, I’ve always been a big reader. I would get lost in books–such as the Anne of Green Gables series and, later, Hollywood bios. I guess you can say I’m a voyeur; I like peering into other people’s lives.  
Who designed the cover? I have no idea, but I adore what he came up with. We didn’t communicate directly; a contact at Tor/Forge, my publisher, was the go-between. From the moment I began Hollywood Strip, I had a specific vision of what it should look like, and the artist captured it beautifully.  
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Go for your dreams, shoot for the stars, and forget the naysayers. If you can dream it, you can do it.
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