Dr. Sam Moore From The Moore Mysteries

Today’s contestant on the fictional reality show Sink or Swim is Sam Moore, 62, of East Goodland, New York, from Aaron Lazar’s Moore Mysteries. Here’s a recap of the rules: the three literary characters with the highest number of unique commenters to their post will be chosen as winners at the end of the year, so be sure to leave Sam a comment. Here are Sam’s answers to the Sink or Swim 6.

1. Tell us about the book or series you’re from.
Mr. Aaron Lazar has taken it upon himself to try to document the strange events that have happened to me over the past few years. He’s calling the mystery series “Moore Mysteries,” although I prefer to think of it as the green marble mysteries. I’m Dr. Sam Moore, and after forty years of family practice in East Goodland, New York, I finally retired. Lazar has written three books detailing the bizarre twists and turns that have taken me back in time to unravel the mystery of my little brother’s disappearance fifty years ago. (HEALEY’S CAVE, 2010; TERROR COMES KNOCKING, 2011; FOR KEEPS, 2012, Twilight Times Books, Paladin Timeless Imprint.)

2. What is something about you that no one else knows?
My dead little brother talks to me from “the other side” through a green marble I dug up in my garden last year. I know, it sounds insane. It probably is. But ever since I retired, I’ve had renewed doubts about Billy’s fate. And while I was rototilling in my garden, I unearthed a green marble, a cat’s eye. I’m pretty sure it used to be Billy’s. Now he uses it to transport me back in time to participate in scenes from our childhood.

Yeah. I know. I said “participate,” and I meant it. I’m really there. I’m young again. And I’m witnessing things I never knew happened to my little brother.

3. Tell us about an unusual job or hobby that you’ve had?
I’m not sure how unusual it is, but I retired from my career as a family doctor to stay home and take care of my wife, Rachel. She suffers from multiple sclerosis, my sweet darling who I’ll always adore. The weirdest “hobby” I’ve had over the past year has been trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance fifty long years ago of my little brother Billy. I still miss him – dreadfully – and I had to piece together the vignettes Billy showed me to figure out who the serial killer was, and to keep him from attacking my eleven-year-old grandson in the present day. Not a hobby I enjoyed, I can tell you that. I just want to be out in my garden, or sitting in the living room reading with Rachel.

4. What is the strangest or most exciting thing that has ever happened to you?
I guess I’d say that dream I had about Billy dying, and feeling as if I were inside his body and mind, underwater, feeling those feet press down on my chest.

5. What would you do if you won a million dollars?
Since I’m a doctor, my thoughts lean toward health care, particularly in underdeveloped countries. But lately I’ve seen far too many local elderly folks have to literally choose between paying bills and buying meds. I used to try to prescribe generics whenever I could, but all of the new meds are outrageously priced. So I think maybe I’d set up a fund to help people in our community who can’t afford their medicine. Sadly, a million bucks won’t go too far. Some of these darned pills cost two grand a month, you know?

6. Please tell us briefly about your author and list web sites.
My author. Hmm. Yes. Aaron’s a bit of a nudge. Always sitting in my living room with that damned Mac laptop of his and typing furiously as I tell him the latest that’s happened in our life. But although he does drive me rather crazy, we have something in common. We both love to garden. I must say, though, my gardens are a bit nicer than his. He doesn’t always get to his weeding… but don’t tell him I told you that!

But he is a good man, overall. He’s always busy with his wife, daughters, and grandkids. And my gosh, does he love to cook for them. Unlike me, he’s a great maker of feasts. Rachel and I have been over for his Sunday dinners. Amazing. They are delightful. But it’s often crazy busy at his place with kids running around all over, so we usually excuse ourselves afterwards to wander among his vegetable plants and talk about Billy. He’s been quite sympathetic, and doesn’t judge me, which is nice. I think Billy likes him, too.

His websites? Oh, yes. Here they are.

For newcomers, this on-line “game show” is inspired by the mystery novel Sink or Swim.

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  1. Betsy Chaplin says

    Aaron does a wonderful job with putting such character into his Characters and feeling as if each one them is a part of himself. When Sam is out puttering in the garden it is almost as if you can see Aaron out there as well.
    The story was intense and I did not want to set my ebook down for a moment. I hope the marble finds its way into another characters hands so we can go on another mystery adventure.
    I also admire Aarons/Sams way of creating the vision of his gardens. Perhaps there will be a game made of this??? (adventure, mystery, growing plants etc)
    This Mystery would be great for almost every age group.
    A magnificent interview!

  2. Great sport. I used to collect marbles. Only cat’s eyes, though my friends squandered all the stealies, I knew, deep down inside, that some day those feline irises would be worth something, and now I know, thanks to AZ. By the way, what size and hue are efficacious? All the best, Edward Nudelman, author, “What Looks Like an Elephant,” Lummox Press

  3. AZ = Aaron Lazar in mystical Moorese code

  4. Loved the book. Just read the last chapter. I was crying in the scene where the childhood friends are in attendance at Billy’s funeral. It was hard to read through tears. -:) Great mystery and suspense, well-written. Beautifully descriptive, the characters were real, dialogue totally believable, exciting action and at the same time, insightful and thought-provoking. I’ll put a brief review on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk and also Barnes and Noble. I knew you had to be a gardener even before I read your bio. I couldn’t write about flowers like you do. Wonderful.

    I just read Aaron Lazar’s Healey’s Cave and I loved it. Edge of the chair stuff. I enjoy reading in bed, and I kept putting it down to go to sleep and picking it back up again, telling myself I’d read ‘just one more chapter’. The suspense builds slowly but surely, and the mystery is sustained until the end of the book, which comes as a shocker. I challenge you to guess who the killer is. But the book is more than a thriller: the dialogue is so believeable, the description and sensory detail so strong you feel like you are right there, in the story. The characters are real. You care about them. You will love baby Timmy, and you just know the author has grandchildren, and is also a gardener, even before you read the bio at the story’s end.

    He really knows how to draw on the reader’s emotions. At one point in the book, I was wiping my tears away. Some of the scenes with the boyhood friends reminded me of Stephen King’s ‘The Body’. You may be more familiar with the film ‘Stand by Me’ adapted from the story. I can easily see Healey’s Cave as a movie. I recommend this book highly. I’ll be reading more of Mr. Lazar’s books.

    thought I would share my amazon.com review as my comment.
    best, Joan
    Author of Night Corridor

  5. Nancy Luckhurst says

    I hope Sam realizes that without that “nudge” Lazar, he wouldn’t even exist!

    I am always amazed how Aaron can keep up with family, gardening, cooking family feasts, babysitting, AND manage to write such great page turners.

  6. Hi Sam! Great interview – LOL @ “Aaron’s a bit of a nudge.” 🙂

  7. Thanks for visiting, Aaron, and to everyone who has taken the time to comment so far – looks like Sam is making a good run for the finals!

  8. C. Hadley, MD says

    Sam, we have a few things in common and it is always a joy to hear about you and your family under the pen of Mr. Lazar! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview!

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