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Local author finds second career in writing

Waiting for the Cool Kind of Crazy by Gig Harbor resident M.D. Moore was published by Black Rose Writing.
Waiting for the Cool Kind of Crazy by Gig Harbor resident M.D. Moore was published by Black Rose Writing. Courtesy photo

August was a special month for a Gig Harbor writer as he saw the publication of his debut novel.

M.D. Moore’s new novel, “Waiting for the Cool Kind of Crazy,” was published by Black Rose Writing. The novel follows protagonist Harmon Burke, the son of a schizophrenic mother. The plot was inspired by the experiences of his patients, including one woman that he worked with.

“Her story... just stuck with me,” Moore said.

Moore, 47, starting writing about 10 years ago. To hone his craft, he joined the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Through classes and conferences, he began to grow as a writer and mastered the basics of storytelling. It made the novel process smoother.

“I felt that I at least had a road map,” he said.

The events in the novel draw on Moore’s experience working as a therapist at Western State Hospital.

The cover of the novel will be recognizable to local folks; it was taken at the barn on Rosedale Street.

Writing is what Moore hopes will be a second career; he’d love to do it full time. He first began long before his novel writing years. The son of an English teacher, he learned to write from his father when he was young.

Now, as he celebrates his first published work, he’s already excited to continue. He says that whatever happens with his next piece, he’s excited for a new journey.

“I will keep on writing whether I can get it published or not,” he said.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155

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