DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about All About Gold?
MICHAEL MOORE: I was looking for a book about gold that I could use as a quick reference about gold without having to wade throuogh a lot of technical jargon or stuff about jewelry. Most of the books were either jewelery or technical books. So, not finding one that suited my purpose, I decided to write one.
DAVID WISEHART: What research did you do for your book?
MICHAEL MOORE: I spent several years running a buying and selling gold business in the past and had also written several hundred articles about all aspects of gold so I must have done 6-7 years of research of books, hands on experience buying and selling as well as the Internet.
DAVID WISEHART: What to you is the most surprising or interesting thing you discovered about gold?
MICHAEL MOORE: I find it fascinating that people like gold so much. It is not even the value, as there are many metals and gemstones worth much more than gold. Gold seems to draw people. It seems to have an attraction for people like a beautiful girl has an attraction to a young man.
DAVID WISEHART: What do you think of gold as an investment in the current market?
MICHAEL MOORE: Over many hundreds of years, gold has traditionally been turned to for security when the currencies of the day have faltered. I believe that gold will continue to be an excellent investment, not just as a safe haven but also as a basis for money again. This is already happening in some Asian nations such as Vietnam for example. You can buy a house with gold there.
I think, in today's economic climate having and owning some solid gold is a prudent and wise move. There is value in holding an asset that one can touch and feel. It is not subject to fluctuations at the whim of someone else. Remember it is not the price of gold that changes, it is the value of the currency. You can still buy the same goods and services with one ounce of gold today as you could fifty years ago. But it takes a lot more dollars these days.
DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
MICHAEL MOORE: A person like me basically. Someone who wants a quick and easy reference without having to wade through a lot of waffle and technical stuff. Someone who does not want to be talked down to or talked at.
DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?
MICHAEL MOORE: I started writing when I was 14. I wrote a short story and sent it to Arthur C. Clarke. He was good enough to mark it for me, much as your work in school might be marked and helped me to understand a lot about story writing.
I have been writing pretty much on and off for many years and now in my sixties I have several books, many hundreds or articles, short stories and verse to my name.
Basically it is something I enjoy. When you enjoy something it is not a drudge but...a joy.
DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?
MICHAEL MOORE: Having decided what I want to write, I first put what I want to say in order. I have found the best way to do this is make a list of chapters or sections. I rearrange them until I am satisfied that they are correct and then I start writing each section one after the other.
Two important principles I find have helped me:
1. Write something every day.
2. If I get writers block, and who doesn’t, I simply just write something. Even if it is rubbish or gobbledegook. Eventually the block is overcome and I can start writing again.
DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?
MICHAEL MOORE: I grew up on the early Science Fiction writers and would read them all avidly when one was considered a bit of an odd ball at the time. So I was inspired by such notables as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Eric Frank Russell, L. Ron Hubbard Arthur C Clarke and especially by Ray Bradbury who wrote brilliantly.
DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?
MICHAEL MOORE: The Martian Chronicles (also known as The Silver Locusts in the UK) by Ray Bradbury (Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Martian_Chronicles)
DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?
MICHAEL MOORE: Through websites and social networks.
DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?
MICHAEL MOORE: It is easy and convenient for people. Especially those on the move.
DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?
MICHAEL MOORE: Make your book look as professional as possible. If you need to, get an editor to check your work. Make sure it is presented well.
DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Moore is a prolific author specialising in books and articles about gold coins, gold bullion and digital gold and silver currency. He previously operated as an exchange provider in the digital gold industry for a number of years and has written several articles and books on a range of topics including fraud and the development of the digital gold and currency market. In addition, Michael Moore was been instrumental in the development of a set of professional standards of operation within the digital and gold market on the Internet. He was one of the prime founders of an association of exchange providers and has also been a past Vice President of the Global Digital Currency Association Inc. Michael also administers a philosophical association and publishes a quarterly philosophical journal Michael is married with one child and lives in Melbourne, Australia.
He is the Managing Director of Technical Author Services.
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