Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
I am a twenty-two-year-old writer, who is lucky enough to have written for several New York newspapers including the Amsterdam News and the Spring Creek Sun. I am the author of the serial Money Matters on www.Jukepopserials.com. New York City is my home, where I live with my wife and cat. I am a vegan, who was born in an uninteresting town in England, growing up I found it hard to relate to my peers. In England while children are growing up they are taught to just get a standard nine-to-five fast paying job and make it through life by any means necessary, what you want does not come into account. Other children I knew seemed to happily accept this, but I found it a hard pill to swallow. What is the point of a life, if it is not your own life? With this mindset in England I found schooling an impossible task, I loved so many subjects English, history and science, I just did not like the way they were teaching it. I needed to be me and not anyone else. I spent every day reading books and writing. I told myself that nobody was going to stop me from being who I was meant to be, nobody was going to stop me from being a writer. At nineteen I left England to marry my best friend, who happened to live in New York City. In America I not only found the woman I love but also I found a world where children are told they can be the president, they are taught to be whatever they want to be. I found a place where I could be who I was meant to be.
What made you do decide to become an author?
I don’t remember ever deciding, it was always just inside of me. I remember being five years old sitting on the floor surrounded by paper writing a back story to a video game I had seen my brother play. It is all I have ever been and all I could ever possibly be. It is something I just need to do and always will do no matter how many people read or don’t read my work. Writing is who I am.
Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
J.M. Barrie simply because Peter Pan was one of the first books I ever read. I fell in love with the idea of a boy who would not grow up, he would not let anyone choose his path. Also F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is quite possibly my favorite book of all time. I think writers from that era had a certain flair that is sadly disappearing from modern work. I try to bring that to my work.
Where can we find you online?
People can say hi to me on twitter https://www.twitter.com/Dean_Moses
People can read my serial https://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/207/?chapter=1&sl=527
Also here is one of my past articles for the New York Amsterdam News (one of the oldest Black newspapers in the U.S.) http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2011/jul/21/end-of-the-news-of-the-world-update/
Also a recent article of mine from the Spring Creek Sun http://springcreeksunonline.com/a-new-generation-of-gaming/
Tell us about your book:
My serial Money Matters is what I spend most of my time on. It is the story of four individuals within the 1930s. Money affects everyone and means something different to everyone. To some it is just a means to live, to others it is power or maybe even a distraction. Money Matters is the story of how these four people see money and how it impacts their lives. Edgar Evans is a Great War veteran turned bank robber. Ruby is a prostitute who sees Edgar as a chance to escape her life, which depends on a particular type of money. Felix is a silver-tongued African American gangster who sees money as a way to be whatever he wants despite the limits of his time, and William Cawston is an insane New York City Police Commissioner that will stop at nothing to get his way and his take of the money from New York’s seedy underbelly.
Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
I find myself having to do certain things with the fear that if I don’t something bad may happen. I love New York City and my wife but I am afraid of losing those things, I fear if I don’t blow a kiss to the Empire State Building every time I pass by, I will lose my city. Or if I don’t touch my dog’s photograph every day he will be unhappy back in England. Very strange insane things like that, which I know cannot possibly affect anything but I still end up doing them anyway.
What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
It has changed recently. It was The Godfather, but after seeing this year’s The Great Gatsby and how the filmmakers brought an exaggerated 1920s to life, I found myself reliving the book in a whole new way.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
I would not say I have one, as long as I like the story and characters I don’t mind what the genre.
Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
I love to read, but writing takes up so most of my time whether it is for a newspaper or for JukePop Serials or whatever. I love to write and I am lucky enough to be able to do so.
What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
When I first begin I try to think of something I would like to read, and then I try to understand what the characters are thinking and why they do what they do. I usually sit with my cat and listen to music as I write. Sometimes I can spend hours upon hours on one sentence, it can be awfully frustrating but after it is all done and out there I can sit back and think I did that.