Shamron Moore's debut novel is Hollywood Strip, published by Forge (June 18, 2013). She has appeared in many commercials, feature films, television shows and print campaigns, and much of Hollywood Strip is inspired by her adventures in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry.
On your nightstand now:
Greek Fire by Nicholas Gage, a fantastic biography about the love triangle between Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy, and In All His Glory by Sally Bedell Smith. The latter is about CBS founder Bill Paley, but I bought it predominantly for info on his wife, fashion icon Babe Paley. Oh, and also the Wayne Dyer book There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea were probably my favorites. No matter how many times I read them, they never got old.
Your top five authors:
James Ellroy, Truman Capote, Leo Tolstoy, Joan Didion, Lee Server.
Book you've faked reading:
Everything during my middle school years that didn't involve a glamorous heroine. I just couldn't concentrate on the story if it lacked a bit of femininity or romanticism; it bored me. I would automatically tune out, without meaning to.
Book you're an evangelist for:
Walter Mosley's This Year You Write Your Novel. Jam packed with guidance. I recommend it to anyone who needs encouragement or feels overwhelmed at the prospect of writing a novel.
Book you've bought for the cover:
I purchased Chasing Harry Winston specifically because of the giant emerald-cut diamond on the cover. Well, that and the fact it's called Chasing Harry Winston.
Book that changed your life:
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, believe it or not. I was at my then-therapist's, trying to figure out how to redirect my life, and had recently read Valley of the Dolls. I was drawn to the melancholic tone of the book, the duality of fluff and grit. An idea came to me; I thought, hey, I can do this! I can write a juicy novel. Why not? I've always loved the written word, and I know how to spin a decent yarn. It was a no brainer. That's how Hollywood Strip came about.
Favorite line from a book:
"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." --from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell was such a brilliant story teller, the pages turn themselves.