Chatting with E.J. Moran + Giveaway
by E. J. Moran
on Tour February 1 - March 3, 2018
The year is 1978, and the New York fashion industry is an orgy of glitz, glamour, and decadence. New models—especially those as beautiful as eighteen-year- old Anna McKenna—are prime targets for all kinds of predators.
Anna is already aware of the men who enjoy preying on models. She knows a woman represented by her modeling agent was found raped and murdered—but she tells herself that, tragic though it was, this is New York. Such things happen. Mickey Gallo is less sanguine about the killing, but he’s both a police detective and Anna’s protective uncle. In Anna’s mind, she doesn’t need his protection. Or so she thinks.
When one murder becomes two, Anna’s confidence is shaken, but she’s determined to accept an offer to model in Italy. There, surrounded by beauty, Anna will confront the darkest side of the fashion industry. It’s an encounter she may not survive.
Book Details:Genre: International Mystery & Crime, Mystery & Detective
Published by: TreeLane Press
Publication Date: December 2017
Number of Pages: 250
ISBN: 0999523503 (ISBN 13: 9780999523506)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
Born and educated in the United States, E. J. Moran began a career as an international fashion model at the age of eighteen when she was scouted by a top modeling agency based in Milan, Italy.
Moran’s move to Italy set in motion the rest of her career. She signed with top agents and modeled for famous fashion designers and photographers. Her work took her to Milan, Tokyo, New York, and Paris.
After marrying and starting a family, she retired as a fashion model and continued life as an expatriate in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore, and Italy, where she divided her free time between teaching English and volunteering for multiple international organizations.
Recently, she decided to put pen to paper and make fictional use of the plethora of experiences she gained during her globetrotting life. Moran and her husband currently divide their time between Europe and the United States.
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Ten Similarities Between Modeling and Writing
When I first started writing, I was convinced my new career had nothing in common with being a fashion model – heck, for one thing, I didn’t have to put on my make up or fix my hair to do it. As I started making notes to write a post answering this question, I surprised myself when I realized there are quite a few similarities between the two professions. The following is a list of ten, but if push came to shove, I bet I could come up with more.
1.) Time alone: Everyone knows that writers spend a lot of time alone, but, they probably don’t realize models do, too. Not as much, of course, but models run around on auditions, travel long distances to get to a booking, or sit alone in a small room waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more until it’s their turn. The international modeling circuit can be incredibly lonely. I have countless memories of working in foreign countries and being alone. Alone because I had no English-speaking friends yet and didn’t speak the local language. Alone because I was the only model on the booking and again, no one spoke English. Maybe that’s where my love of books began. They became my friends.
2.) Criticism and rejection: Another similarity between the two careers is the amount of criticism and rejection models and writers put up with. Models and writers aren’t going to be successful from day one, unless they’re extremely lucky, in which case they should play the lottery. Both professionals need to develop a thick skin - alligator skin - if they want to avoid being depressed and lacking confidence. The onslaught can be demoralizing in both fields. It comes with the territory.
3.) Long periods of time without work: There’s a saying in the modeling business. Ten percent of the models do ninety percent of the work and ninety percent of the models divvy up the remaining ten percent. I’m new to the writing game, but I suspect the same statistics old true in the writing arena.
4.) Living through characters: While a writer creates different characters and may live vicariously through them, the same can be said about modeling. Models often become different characters in front of the camera and on stage, depending on the clothing and direction of the photographer or producer.
5.) Agent representation: Writers and models usually prefer being represented by agents, so someone else can do their bidding and they can just concentrate on doing what they like, and what they do best.
6.) Inconsistent income: Agent, or no agent, one thing an aspiring model or writer can count in is an inconsistent income. One month a lot of money hits the bank account and the next – well - nothing. Again, alligator skin. Of course, the more famous (or lucky), the more money, but so many aren’t.
7.) Discipline and motivation: In general, although there are exceptions to the rule, a career as a model or writer requires a lot of discipline and self-motivation, otherwise one can just kiss it good-bye, especially when starting out. Of course, after fame and fortune, who knows…
8.) Popularity: What about the notion of popularity? It applies to both careers. Being the flavor of the month can change on a dime, unless you’ve reached such fame even mentioning your name brings the crowd to their feet.
9.) Hiding behind a façade: Models can hide their true selves behind the camera or on stage, and writers can do the same behind books.
10.) Glory and awe: Successful models and writers get their fair share of glory and are often fawned upon. People have a sense of awe when speaking with either and often feel intimidated because models are usually physically striking, and writers are super smart!