Do you know about Tonya Moore, Author extraordinaire?

You don’t?
How can this be?

Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

First of all, Tonya Moore is a Speculative Fiction writer. I’d never even heard of Speculative Fiction before. I started following her and let me tell you, she can craft a story like nobody’s business. I’ve read her serialized work (Blood Binds) in eFiction Magazine and have been a fan ever since. 

The second thing I wanted you to know is that Tonya was the very first person to greet me on Twitter. I had literally just tweeted “Hello Twitter” and she’d not only said hi in return but introduced me to the Twitterverse, suggesting that people should follow me. If I knew how to screen cap back then, I would’ve posted it. But still, I thought that was pretty cool. When this whole Google+ thing started up, she invited me into her circle and of course, I accepted. (I’m still lost on trying to figure it out but that’s another story:))

I am so very pleased to have her here as my honoured guest today.

Welcome, Tonya xoxo
 

I grew up reading books or watching television series featuring tales by phenomenal authors such as Ray Bradbury, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey and Gene Roddenberry, to name only a few. They wrote amazing dramas portraying space-faring humans and/or other sapient beings thriving or just barely surviving, whether in harmony or conflict with each other or with alien creatures and cultures in distant future and far flung regions of the cosmos. I fell in love with their stories, the remarkable character and fantastic worlds they’ve created.

Speculative Fiction is a really vague term encompassing the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. My stories run the gamut from urban horror to space opera. I definitely enjoy writing space opera more than other sub genres. Recently, I was a bit surprised to learn how few people seem to even know what space opera is. Unlike “hard” science fiction which focuses on scientific and technological speculation, the emphasis of stories considered Space Opera is generally individuals or cultures, the ways in which their mettle and relationships are tested by the chaotic dynamics of the fantastic universes in which they reside.

It can be a bit difficult dealing with the obscurity of this particular sub-genre but those writers who inspired me, and helped me to realize that the universes in our minds are truly limitless, are remembered for a reason. However few we may be, I know there are others out there who love this stuff as much as I do. Even if they don’t care about reading my take on it, they at least understand WHY I write it.

My latest published story is SLUMFAIRY, a space opera story in the Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road anthology. Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road is a diverse work spanning the crime, horror, suspense, paranormal, post-war, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, erotica, literary and urban fiction genres. The anthology is intended to be a deviation from what might be considered mainstream, in terms of the variety and avant-garde nature of the works presented.

SLUMFAIRY by Tonya Moore

Blurb:

Bex Atria is many things. Violent. Human. Mercenary. She is one of two billion sapient beings living aboard Hegira, a wandering world of horror and boundless beauty. Bex has lived in the slums of Hegira all her life. She’s done it all. She’s seen it all. Nothing can surprise her. Sumida is everything Bex isn’t. She is soft-spoken. Inhuman. Sheltered. She’s about to turn Bex’s world upside down.

Read the entire story in the anthology!!!

Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road Anthology

Click on link or cover to buy

About the Author

Tonya R. Moore is a Speculative Fiction writer residing in Manatee County, Florida. Her short stories have been published in various indie and digital publications including Kissed By Venus, Weaponizer, Purple Magazine and eFiction Magazine.

Tonya R. Moore grew up on the island of Jamaica. She has been living in the United States since 1998. A full time night-shift police dispatcher, she enjoys reading and experimenting in the kitchen. She is a great fan of film, anime and manga, with admittedly finicky preferences. She often laments her lack of a green thumb and her propensity to haplessly commit mass homicide on tankfuls of innocent aquarium fish.

Where to find Tonya

Website

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5 comments on “Do you know about Tonya Moore, Author extraordinaire?

  1. Bridget says:

    Space opera … I think this would be something like Star Trek, or at least my favorite Star Trek, DS9. I think space opera can challenge readers by disguising our real world problems as the problems of other peoples, races, and species.

    Sadly, I haven’t read much science fiction; I took a science fiction class in grad school and had the pleasure to read Philip K. Dick, C. J. Cherryh, and Ursula K. LeGuin, among others. It was a great class 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Bridget!

      C. J. Cherryh, and Ursula K. LeGuin — you’re already ahead of the game there! As for DS9… I really feel it was the best Star Trek series. sure, Star Trek – Generations was my first sci-fi love but when it comes to diversity and plot, I’ve always thought DS9 was just fantastic.

      I do agree it’s a good way to channel human problems into a context that allows some escape from the every-day. It gives us a chance to truly contemplate without taking ourselves and out situations too personally.

  2. aleshaescobar says:

    Neat! Tonya, your work sounds amazing!

  3. Thanks for the splendid write-up, Ren!

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