Hi, we’re Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth. The kind people here have invited us to stop by and tell you a little about our newest book, Peripheral People. A standalone novel in the Ylendrian Empire series, Peripheral People combines elements of romance, science fiction, paranormal, and crime drama in the intense, galaxy-spanning hunt for a psychic serial killer. Hot on the trail and hot for each other (in the sense that they’d both prefer to be set on fire than work together), the imperial agents who stumble into the case must evade terrifying mental traps, their own volatile relationship, and the discovery that someone in a higher pay grade may not be so keen on their quest for justice.
We’re thrilled to be with you today, and we’re looking forward to any questions or comments you might have.
An Interview with Michelle Moore and Agent Westley Tavera
Westley Tavera, ostensibly the strongest psychic investigator PsyAc has ever graduated, has agreed to take time out of his busy professional schedule to do a dual interview today. Using a random interview question generator, we’ll be taking turns digging deep into our values, interests and beliefs.
If I were to talk with the people who know you best, how would they describe you?
Westley Tavera: That would depend entirely on the person. Well, okay, maybe not. If we’re going for complete honesty, probably a pain in the ass. But the best pain in the ass they’ve ever met! I make it a point to excel at everything I do.
Michelle Moore: I’ve got to go with pink. And full of flamingoes. I always hope for funny, too, that kind where you don’t seem like you’re trying too hard.
Do you have any siblings? What were they like growing up?
Tavera: A younger sister. And let’s just say that she was a pro at getting other people to do what she wanted, and leave it at that. I value my life.
Moore: A brother and sister, both much younger. Which worked out really well for me, since I could haul them around as adorable fashion accessories when they were little. They’ve grown up into adults who I admire hugely.
Tell me about how you got into your line of work.
Tavera: I initially intended to join the pro hacky-sack circuit, but it turned out the money wasn’t enough to keep me in the lifestyle to which I was accustomed. IEC seemed like the next best option. Even though the Fly-by fleet could definitely use some upgrading, especially when it comes to carpeting. Rough on the knees. Or so I’ve heard, anyway.
Moore: I’ve always loved to read. And the more I read, the more I kept thinking “I want to create worlds people can lose themselves in.” One day I got up the nerve to try… and here I am. I actually started out in technical writing, but it was so soul-sucking, I dropped out of writing altogether for about 10 years. I’m soooo much happier now.
What are the biggest obstacles you’ve overcome in life?
Tavera: Being the absolute best. Sure, it sounds like it would be all rainbows and ponies, but it doesn’t always endear me to people. Those are the times I have to rely on my dashing good looks and sunny demeanor. Knowing how to bake helps a lot, too.
Moore: Imposter Syndrome. Although it’s not entirely accurate to say I’ve overcome it. I’m still scared that people are going to follow me down the street pointing and screaming “Fake, fake! That woman can’t write, don’t let her fool you!”
Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person, even when that individual may not have personally liked you.
Tavera: Inspector Corwin Menivie has been the model of effective communication. I repeat, Corwin has been the model of effective communication.
Moore: I don’t want to jinx myself or tempt the karma gods to come down on me, but I’ve been pretty successful in situations like that. It’s a matter of keeping things straight and to the point. In one circumstance, the person was already pissed off about a situation, but I was able to calmly lay out the facts and prevent a spectacular world-ending temper tantrum. (I was not going to have a tantrum. I was executing a choreographed assault on someone else’s faulty reasoning! – Reesa Herberth)
About the Authors: Michelle Moore has a well-documented obsession with travel, television, frappuccinos and flamingos. These, however, come in a distant second to her love of writing. Most evenings she can be found huddled over her laptop at the local Starbucks, dividing her time between actually writing and pretending to be a barista.
Reesa Herberth was born in Nevada and spirited away to California before moving to Hawaii, where she grew up on the Big Island. She tried Arizona for a few years, then lit out for the D.C. area, where her nomadic itch is regularly curbed by the nightmares of urban traffic. She’s held a handful of the requisite crazy writer jobs, including book store overlord, office goddess for an artisan ice cream maker, and cheese-cup scrubber at an organic goat dairy.
Michelle and Reesa have been writing together for over fifteen years. They are currently working on more Ylendrian stories, and a petition to have cat hair recognized as a form of currency.
Blurb: Corwin Menivie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple homicide.
During a routine investigation, West’s talent puts them on the trail of a brutal serial killer who traps his prey in a deadly mental playground. Then the killer starts baiting the team, laying psychic landmines at crime scenes and exposing IEC secrets. The strain of the case binds the agents closer together—so close that Nika and Gavin start sharing a room, and even the curmudgeonly Corwin finds himself as occupied with West as he is with the murders.
But as West’s visions of death grow more violent, the only way out for all of them may be straight through the mind of a monster. If they’re not careful, they may forget which side of the hunt they’re on.