Interview with Coral Alejandra Moore, Author of Inundation
08 Nov 2023
What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Inundation?
There’s no one event or idea that inspired this book. It was more the culmination of a lot of stuff that I’d been feeling and thinking for a few years. I had wanted to write a sprawling urban fantasy book that was largely populated by people of color having adventures. I had also wanted to write a book that spoke about questions of faith and the lies we tell ourselves. This book is what happened when those two things combined. That said, the first scene of this book that occurred to me was a confession scene between Camila and Marcos and as soon as I had written it I knew I had to write the book because it worked so perfectly.
If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Inundation, what would they be?
Gravity by Sara Bareilles. It’s the song I always think about when I think about Camila and Marcos and their fraught relationship.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
Fantasy and Paranormal are my two favorites. And those are absolutely my two favorite genres to write in as well. I love having the freedom to make up any detail of the world that I want.
What books are on your TBR pile right now?
My TBR is an ever-shifting pile that will collapse someday to smother me. But at the moment I am absolutely obsessed with The New Protectorate series by Abigail Kelly. It’s a little bit sci-fi, a little bit paranormal, and a little bit monster romance. I love it.
What scene in your book was your favorite to write?
The same scene I talked about earlier, the confession scene. It was the genesis of this story, because that was the moment when I knew what it would have to be about: the relationship between Camila and Marcos and how it had to evolve before it broke them both. If you want to read it, I posted it on my blog last week so go check it out on my website.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)
Not really, I do whatever works at the moment. But, there’s always a copious amount of coffee. That doesn’t change.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
Octavia Butler has one I love from the Parable of Talents: “In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”
If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?
Oooh. That’s a tough one for this book. Probably that the lies we tell ourselves to make it through the tough times aren’t always true.
Coral Alejandra Moore is the author of the new book Inundation
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