Meet B. Sharise Moore
, author of Taste
In her own words, she's an "Avid reader and writer intrigued by sorcery, magic, the supernatural, and the extra ordinary. I am an only child, which explains a lot. We are misunderstood escapists who sculpted our own playmates out of thin air. I still sometimes talk to myself (an old habit from childhood).
I've just completed the first installment in my erotic fantasy series: Taste
, which is now available! I am intrigued with writing eclectic erotic literature, so my writing isn't for the faint of heart *wink."
When did you begin writing?
I began writing at the age of 10 when I started a newspaper for my 5th grade class called the 5th Grade Chronicle. I started writing creatively when I was 12. Poetry quickly became my first love. I was hooked on the Harlem Renaissance after reading Claude McKay and Countee Cullen.
What drew you to this particular genre?
I am an only child. I've found that only children are dreamers and born escapists. Some of the first books my mother ever purchased for me fell into the Fantasy sub-genre. I remember being totally engrossed in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches by the time I was 8. Those books encouraged me to dream and fed my imagination. Fantasy and Science Fiction were like my secret playgrounds and their characters were my playmates.
Why do you think speculative fiction is important?
Speculative Fiction is important because it provides an alternative to the norms represented in realistic fiction and society in general. Without it, the world would be unbalanced. Speculative Fiction bends reality and challenges the ideals we accept as truths. It is through Speculative Fiction that children expand their horizons and develop the what ifs into why nots. Speculative Fiction encourages good old fashioned thinking. As an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, it's alarming how little our children think critically. This genre forces one to think. It fosters the abstract, the bizarre, the creative, and the unknown.
What are the key elements or literary devices you use in your fiction (Ex. vampires, space or time travel, first contact, Armageddon, etc.)?
Setting and characterization are key literary devices used in my work. I am dedicated to the development of characters and the time and place in which those characters move, change, and grow. I draw a lot from the mythology of ancient Khemet, Greece, Rome, West Africa, and the Middle East. My debut novel Taste features Mermen, Mermaids, and Sphinx as its main characters. I find paranormals to be extremely fascinating. I invented a few of my own for the novel.
What are your plans for future books?
Taste is the first in my four book Erotic Fantasy Series. I'm also beginning to write Speculative Fiction (short stories and novels) for adolescents.
Favorite author, book and/ movie:
There truly are too many amazing authors to name, but I love Toni Morrison, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Octavia Butler, and L.A. Banks. My favorite book is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. My favorite movie is Kill Bill Part One.
What do readers need to know about you and your works?
I am an author who loves to take risks. Plot twists and well-developed characters are my strengths. My works feature conflict, beauty, potent imagery, and the surreal and illusory. My writing is a journey and an adventure. With my debut novel, I sought to combine the sub-genres of Erotica and Fantasy. A mere spoonful of Taste will leave you titillated, fascinated, and longing for more.
Click here to read an excerpt from the novel "TASTE"