Moriah writes what her imaginary friends tell her to write. Thus far, they have shown up in the novels The Proviso, Stay, Magdalene, Dunham, Paso Doble, We Were Gods, and “Twenty-dollar Rag,” published by B10 Mediaworx, and will, most likely, continue to order her around until she hits on the right drug and dosage. Fortunately, her husband is very understanding of all the other people in her life and her children have no need of their own imaginary friends since they know all of mommy’s. Moriah has a bachelor’s in creative writing and journalism from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and in 2011, she was a panelist at the Writer’s Digest conference and the Sunstone Symposium. She is a flagrant manufacturer and dealer of the meth known as “ebooks.”

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Dear Wanderer,Since before I can remember, I’ve been writing stories in my head to put myself to sleep at night. Unfortunately, they grew like kudzu and took over my neural pathways until, around age 14, I had to start putting them on paper before they choked out everything else like, oh, things that my grades depended on. I’ve been writing ever since, with the exception of a five-year sagging middle—er, I mean, hiatus—during which a lot of stuff happened. Now here I am, a few decades later, putting them out on the ’net before they choke out my hard drives.In ’94, I had a creative writing class in college for which I wrote ”John 3:16“. The character I created only as a symbol of the theme of the story overwhelmed me and demanded my attention—much as he did the protagonist’s attention in the story. Knox Hilliard’s been part of my life since.Really, Knox caused my five-year hiatus. He confounded me with who he was and what he wanted me to do with him. I couldn’t work out his angle, couldn’t reconcile his plot, couldn’t make him do anything I wanted him to do. Thus, I not only didn’t write, I didn’t read the rest of my own work. I had burned it to disk, burned the paper manuscripts, and put it all behind me.

Then one day in August 2007, after a particularly grueling work week, I sat down at my computer and wandered my hard drives for some cheap entertainment. I rediscovered characters I had created a decade or more before and realized that I wasn’t half bad—and why in the world had I given up on them? I went to bed that night very, oh, tired at myself.

When I woke up the next morning, the entire plot problem I’d struggled with for 12 years had resolved itself. Now, I had to be willing to scrap what I’d already written and go back to the source material/structure (thanks, Will!), but all the major plot turns had worked themselves out. Only the details remained. Knox was happy and, well, keeping Knox happy is a tightrope walk.

Thank you for your company, and I hope to keep you entertained (if not hot, bothered, and thinking) with my oddball paradigm of religion, money, politics, and sex.

MoJo

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  3. Melissa J. Cunningham

    A friend of mine just pointed me in the direction of your blog. Very entertaining and enjoyable.

    I and trying to break it to print myself. It has been super trying, but I keep plugging away.

    Anyway, I’ve wondered about trying to writing something for the LDS market just to get my foot in the door.

    I’ll read more of you to see what you did.

    Thanks for the fun read!

  4. Hi Melissa! Thanks for dropping by, and well, I didn’t break in the usual way. I came in through the crack in the window of publishing. And, well, I don’t write LDS fiction nor for LDS audiences (except by accident). ;)

  5. Melissa J. Cunningham

    Is that crack still there? lol So many people I talk to got started by some fluke or another. I will keep going until I find my way to slip in. I’m just devious enough, and patient enough that it will happen. I just want it yesterday! lol

  6. *chuckle*

    The crack is that I built a publishing company and published myself (and another book not mine). We have no distribution in LDS channels (not that they’d order from us anyway), but we are on the cutting edge of e-books, particularly in the LDS market. My partner and I are taking limited submissions, so here’s the submissions link:

    B10 Mediaworx

  7. And also, I can’t decide whether to say “ebooks” or “e-books.”

  8. Melissa J. Cunningham

    I would just say ebooks. That is how I see it everywhere and I notice you love to conform!

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