Title: Legacy of the Mind
Author: HR Moore
Series: Legacy Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2014
Anita has never been ordinary, she’s stuck out like a sore thumb her entire life; not only can she see the energy of others, a rare skill, but she’s won every Body challenge she’s ever entered. So when the powerful, good looking Descendants, Marcus and Alexander, mysteriously arrive in Empire, her difference attracts and keeps their attention.
Once in Empire, the sudden death of ruling Body Descendant, Christiana, sets in motion a number of events; a quest for the treacherous Austin to find the girl Christiana had been looking for; a challenge where Anita stands out more vibrantly than ever before; a perilous dip in the world’s energy; and a dangerous belief among the people that they will never truly be free. Powerful factions soon form within the ruling elite and when a trusted friend and mentor reaches out to ask for Anita’s help, she has to make a choice; help her friend and betray the one she loves, or do nothing and watch the people starve.
I love reading this genre. Great YA with romance, action, set in a slightly alternative world and with a strong story line is my idea of heaven so it was natural for me to write something that I would most enjoy reading.
Books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Twilight and Wilbur Smith’s Egyptian series I found enthralling and inspiring, and although they’re not all YA, they all share the same characteristics: a strong, compelling story line, action and adventure, romance, and something fantastical, so I wanted to write something like this too.
2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
Creating the concept, outline and plot are probably my favourite parts as it’s the most creative and exciting bit. Even I don’t know what will happen to my characters at this point, so I look forward to thinking further so I can find out! I also enjoy actually writing as it’s so immersive. Once I start to write, time slips away so quickly, and it’s very motivating to see the word count go up and the plot sections being ticked off.
3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I find genres difficult, because, as a reader, I don’t really understand them! I like to read a wide variety of books and care more about their individual characteristics than the genre they sit in. As I mentioned above, anything with a strong story line, some fantasy and a bit of romance tends to hook me. I love things that are fast paced, so anything that makes me want to keep turning the pages even though it’s midnight and I really should go to sleep is a winner in my book!
4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
This is such a hard question. I think it would have to be someone like George R.R. Martin or Patrick Rothfuss as the scale of what they write is so grand. It would be great to see how they come up with concepts and how they manage to control so much material whilst creating such compelling characters and story lines.
5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I’ve always wanted to write. When I was younger I read all the time and used to write letters a lot too, but writing something so long seemed daunting and I felt a bit ridiculous when I thought about giving it a go. It was only when I was at university and one of my lecturers gave me some encouraging feedback about my writing style that I gained the confidence to try. Once I planned it out and got started, I found it was nowhere near as scary as I’d thought, and now I’ve written a trilogy!
Harriet was born in Germany in 1987, the family returning to the UK, to Dorset shortly afterwards. She lived there until she was 5, her grandfather teaching her the basics of cheating at cards and swindling chocolate, her mother starting to instil a (some would argue) unhealthy relationship with cake, and the neighbours demonstrating that some people don’t understand cherry blossom is there to be picked, mixed with mint and water and sold as perfume.
Then there was Scotland; stealthy guinea pig breeding, riding horses, advanced cards, more cake, then to Devon and school in Exeter. She loved maths in the early years, but by the time she got to A Level, Sociology was her favourite subject, opening her eyes to things she’d never before considered, namely, nobody is really right, nobody is really normal and primary socialisation has a lot to answer for.
At the age of about 12, Harriet started rowing for Exeter Rowing Club. This quickly took over her life and before too long she was clad in lycra, training 6 days a week and competing at events around the country.
After finishing her A Levels, Harriet went to university in St Andrews, studying Philosophy for two years, then switching to Management. She was particularly interested in the ‘people’ elements of her course and especially the areas concerning how people create and react to change. After four very civilised years by the sea, she ventured to London, to foray into the strange world of insurance (surprisingly, more interesting than you might think), where she currently works as a Project Manager.
Harriet has recently moved to Hertfordshire with her husband Chris and baby Atia. When she isn’t doing DIY, writing, editing, eating, taking photos, or imagining how much better life would be with the addition of a springer spaniel, she occasionally finds the time to make hats.