Interview with Tonya Moore

There’s a new SF&F community online, and Tonya is the founder and developer – she’s also an author and reader. If you’re looking for a place to chat, post stories, find critique partners, or just mess about, SpecFics is the place.

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Tonya R. Moore is a Jamaican writer of speculative fiction–short stories, web serials, and novelettes. Currently living in Florida, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Fiction. Her latest published work was “Hybrid” in Black Girl Magic Magazine. You can get a new short story of hers for free right now on Amazon.

Let’s get to the questions!

JR:  Thanks again for taking the time to talk to my readers and open up a new community for them. I’ve been exploring the site, and it’s much larger than I expected. Tell me a little about your vision for it.

TM: Thanks Julie!

At first, I just wanted to create a place to share my stories. The more I worked on the site and thought about it though, I realized that what I really wanted was to create a gathering place for fans and creators of speculative fiction to get together, talk about spec-fic, and share their creativity with each other and the world.

Authors, artists, and bloggers can create pages with links to their homepages or blogs. Authors can create pages for their books. Bloggers can create pages for their blogs or podcasts. Members can create groups. The community is basically a social network that gives each page and group a wall that owners and audiences can posts to and deliver updates or carry on a conversation.

And remember how I mentioned that I’ve shared a bunch my stories on the site? Now I’m starting to think that I should open up the publishing side of the site so that other members can post short stories and flash fiction on the site as well. The idea excites me, so that’s something I will probably be implementing very soon.

JR: What would you recommend as a good place to start on the site for a new user?

TM: Once registered, I would recommend completing a profile. This is especially important if you are a blogger or creator looking to gain some exposure. Make sure to add a link to your website to your profile.

The next thing I would suggest is checking out the groups our members have created, and either join one or create one of your own.

For creators, I suggest the following:
a) Register on the Site. You can use the Register button to do it the old-fashioned way or simply login using your Twitter/Facebook profile.
b) Create an Author, Artist, or Blogger Page.
c) Create a Page for your Podcast or Each of Your Books
d) Create/Join a Group

JR: Recently, the website SFF.net closed after 21 years. Does this give you hope that there’s an audience for SpecFic or does the shutting of the site worry you?

TM: The closure of the site does worry me. SFF.net had a long history. It was too bad they had to close. I don’t know what the reason was. I do find myself wondering if it was a lack of user activity that caused the community to shut down.

Still, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that all hope is lost. The fans and creators of speculative fiction are out there. I interact with a lot of them on Twitter and other sites all the time. The challenge will be to create a resource that appeals to them. It’s my fervent hope that I’ll be able to accomplish that.

You can find out more about Tonya or strike up a conversation at her blog or on twitter.

So, what do you all think? I hope you’ll friend me there so we can chat spec books and writing! 

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