My name is Tony Lee Moral, I’m a mystery and suspense writer, who lives in London and Los Angeles. I’ve written three books on the films and life of Alfred Hitchcock; The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds, Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, plus a ‘how to write’ manual called Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass. I’ve written two published suspense novels, Playing Mrs. Kingston and Ghost Maven.
When and why did you start writing?
I’ve been writing stories ever since I was a child. Writing has always been in my blood and has been the fuel for my creativity. I wrote my first unpublished novel when I was 16. In my 20s, I wrote for television and magazines.
What inspires your writing?
Definitely travel and adventure. My day job is as a documentary filmmaker so I’ve been given incredible access to places and people that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the privilege to experience. I’ve been lucky to travel around the world, often to remote locations and have lived abroad in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
I’ve had my fair share of rejections from agents and publishers. But you can’t let that deter you. Learn from what they say, press delete and move on!
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
I like reading articles online if I’m researching a novel. I like green tea or earl grey with lemon. That’s about it. If you want to be a writer you can’t procrastinate.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Finish that first novel and don’t procrastinate! I wrote about four unfinished early novels before I had my first novel published. I was either distracted and didn’t finish them or weren’t confident that they were good enough to be my debut novel.
What do you believe makes for great writing?
I would say imagination, creativity, psychological insight, and an appreciation of the written form, technique and use of grammar. Also, a good understanding of the human condition.
How do you measure success as a writer?
I see a book for readers in the same way a film or play comes alive in a theater in front of its audience. When people respond to my book by either emailing me or by writing reviews, then I know that my book has fulfilled its purpose in the universe by reaching out to my readers.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
That I won’t have enough writing years left to publish all the stories I want to complete in my lifetime.
Describe your latest book to our readers
Ghost Maven is the story of a girl who has just lost her mother, and moves to Monterey Bay, California, with her father and sister. She is saved from drowning by a mysterious stranger who turns out to be the 100-year-old spirit of a sailor boy. It’s a love story between a ghost and a human, with elements of mystery and suspense blended in.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
I’m a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock, so as well as the story being an enjoyable yarn, it will be fun to see if readers can spot the use of Hitchcock’s principles of mystery and suspense building in the novel.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Always finish what you start, don’t give up. Have no illusions that writing and getting published is incredibly difficult and very tough to succeed. But if you have the determination and the talent, you will be rewarded.
What’s next for you?
I have those four other novels to publish!
by Tony Lee Moral
Alice’s mother passes away and with her father and little sister, Sophie, she moves to Pacific Grove in California. Alice is deathly afraid of the water despite living in a community surrounded by it. In order to push through her phobia, she joins the Kayaking club in high school.
During a routine kayaking drill, a fog rolls in and Alice becomes disoriented, losing all sense of direction. A large wave turns the kayak over, dumping Alice into the icy-cold pacific. She nearly drowns when a young man dives in after her. . .Henry Raphael.
After Henry’s rescue, Alice gains more than her life. Henry is a beautiful seventeen-year-old or more accurately, one-hundred-seventeen years. The relationship between them takes Alice on a journey for which no one could prepare her.
Long distance relationships are difficult – how can Alice bridge a divide between planes? Henry died over a century ago but lives on in the fourth plane of existence waiting for an opportunity to atone for past deeds that caused the death of his ship’s entire crew. Their vengeance still hanging over his head, Henry and Alice learn their love will be tested by more than the passage of time and living in different dimensions.