Molly Harper-Interview and Giveaway with the Author

Molly Harper -Interview with the Author

From the Website: When Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.

When Molly was considerably older, she headed for Western Kentucky University, where she majored in print journalism. After graduation, she landed a job with the Paducah Sun and married her high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. After six years at the newspaper, Molly took a more family-friendly secretarial position at a local church office.

Her husband worked nights and Molly was alone with their small child in the “The Apartment of Lost Souls.” A big fan of vampire movies and TV shows, she decided to write a vampire romance novel. “I wondered what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire—a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O,” said Molly.

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TRC: Hi Molly and Welcome to The Reading Cafe. Congratulations on the release of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. We would like to start with some background information.  Please tell us something about yourself?

Molly: I am a former newspaper reporter turned romance author from small-town western Kentucky.  I wrote my first vampire book, NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS, at night while I was working as a church secretary. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer.  He was the inspiration for the character, Monroe, in AND ONE LAST THING…

TRC: What have been some of the challenges you have faced in your writing career?

Molly: I think, comparatively, my road to publication was fairly smooth.  There are people who spend years trying to get representation and sell one manuscript.  It took me a year to finish NICE GIRLS, and then about four months to find an agent and sell it.  I can’t complain at all there and realize that this is not a typical publishing story.  I am very, very lucky.

The challenge came after, when I was working full-time and writing at night to meet contract deadlines.  For about five years (2007-2012), I was getting an average of 4 to 5 hours of sleep at night because I would stay up way past midnight to write my manuscripts. Then I’d get up at 5:30 to get my kids ready for school, and go work a full day.  That wears on you after a while.   Fortunately, we reached the point where I could stay home and write full time earlier this year.  So I’m finally getting enough sleep. J

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information between each other and their family and friends. With whom do you share ideas and information and why?

Molly: I have a few author friends who are kind enough to put up with me when I’m stuck or need a barometer to determine if an idea stinks.  My mom, a lifelong romance reader, is also a good sounding board.

TRC: You have quite a wicked sense of humor that shows in your writing style. How would you describe your particular style of writing?

Molly: Snark-tastic.  For some reason, I see the world at a slight angle, and people seem to find it amusing.  My mom and dad are both very dry, funny people.  The stories and humor at family gatherings tend to be hyperbolic and wacky.  I think that shows in my writing.

TRC: Your heroine Jane Jameson is quite the ‘eclectic’ heroine.  Is there anyone in particular that you have ‘mirrored’ or emulated in the creation of Jane?

Molly: Myself.  I am shameless about injecting my own personality into Jane.  I wrote a book years before, which will never see the light of day.  It didn’t work, because there was nothing of my personality in the character.  I felt no connection to her and the intimacy that I seem to share with Jane and her world just wasn’t there.  So I gave Jane my love of books, my clumsiness, my occasional social awkwardness, and my ability to curse creatively.  We’re very similar, but different, because there are things Jane does that I would know better than to try.  (Mixing coffee and synthetic blood, for example.)  So far, it’s worked for me.

TRC: NICE GIRLS DON’T BITE THEIR NEIGHBORS was your February 2012 release in the Jane Jameson series.  Would you please tell us about the premise of the story?

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Molly: Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

Jane’s kitchen barely holds enough Faux Type O to satiate the cute teen’s appetite and maintain Gabriel’s jealous streak at a slow simmer. As if keeping her hyperactive childe from sucking the blood out of the entire neighborhood isn’t enough to deal with, the persnickety ghost of Jane’s newly deceased grandma Ruthie has declared war on the fanged residents of River Oaks. Suddenly choosing monogrammed cocktail napkins and a cake she can’t even eat seem downright relaxing in comparison.

Tensions inside the house are growing…and outside, a sinister force is aiming a stake straight for the center of Gabriel’s heart. Most brides just have to worry about choosing the right dress, but Jane fears that at this rate, she’ll never make it down the aisle for the wedding all nice girls dream of…

TRC: Have you had any particular challenges with the character of Jane or the Jane Jameson series of novels?

Molly: Giving Jane so many problems.  I am afraid sometimes that I’m stretching believability that Jane – someone who’s generally pretty likeable – seems to attract so many mortal enemies.

TRC:   THE CARE AND FEEDING OF STRAY VAMPIRES is your July 2012 new release. Will you please tell us something about the premise of the book and the new spin-off series?

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Molly: I seem to be fascinated with poisoned vampires lately. I shot Gabriel with a poisoned arrow in NICE GIRLS DON’T BITE THEIR NEIGHBORS. I dosed a vampire’s blood with ghost chili oil in an upcoming anthology story, THE UNDEAD IN MY BED. And in CARE AND FEEDING, Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running all their daylight errands–from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg–gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship–and certainly not anything else.But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

Cal – who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way – offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he’s imperious, unfriendly and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him – particularly those concerning nudity. Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance–in the form of her very own stray vampire.

TRC: Do you have any plans to continue the Jane Jameson series now that you have started a spin-off series?

Molly: No, I have written the last title focusing on Jane. But I really love doing the spin offs. I can go back to that world and those characters but still have fun with new characters.

 

TRC: Do you have any plans to continue the werewolf series? If not, is there a particular reason or aspect that determined your decision?

Molly: I hope to make an announcement about that soon.

TRC: Have you ever been approached about a television series for any or all of your books? Have you ever considered writing for a television series?

Molly: No, I would love to see any of my titles make it to the screen. But I’ve never been approached. And I would love to write for TV, but I would probably be the “funny quip” writer who adds meat to the already sturdy plot structure provided by other writers.

TRC: Would you please tell us on what you are currently working?

Molly: I could tell you, but then I would have to send werewolves after you. (Sorry, the contracts aren’t actually signed yet, so I don’t want to jinx the project.)

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Molly: If you don’t have time to read, I would recommend looking up my books on Audio. It’s a handy way to get your reading time in while commuting to work, doing chores, etc. I never would have finished the Percy Jackson series without them. J Audible.com, iTunes and Amazon.com carry all of my titles on audiobook. Amanda Ronconi does a beautiful job narrating each one.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food

Chicken Marsala

Favorite Dessert

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Favorite TV Show

The Office

Favorite Movie

“Daddy’s Dying, Who’s Got the Will?”

Last Movie you Saw

Lost in Austen. (Does that count? It was a miniseries.)

Dark or Milk Chocolate

Dark

Do you have any pets?

Two dachshunds.

Last Vacation Destination

Panama City Beach, FL.

TRC: Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. We are looking forward to all of your new releases and re-reading our favorites. We wish you the best of luck with your writing career.

Molly has graciously offered a copy of THE CARE AND FEEDING OF STRAY VAMPIRES to THREE (3) lucky members at The Reading Cafe.

1. You must be a member at The Reading Cafe. If you are not a member, pleaser register using the sign-in at the top of the page, or by using one of our social log-ins.

2. If you use one of the social log-ins, please post your email address with your comment, as twitter etc does not allow for email addresses.

3. Please answer ONE of the LIGHTNING ROUND questions.

4. Giveaway open to continental USA and Canada only.

5. Contest runs July 31 to Aug 3, 2012

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22 thoughts on “Molly Harper-Interview and Giveaway with the Author

  1. Interesting interview Sandy and Molly… Molly you have some of the same food fetishes that my sister in law has… Chocolate Truffle Cake…lol. I have just rediscovered pineapple cheesecake and it has become my temporary favorite for now.

  2. WE want to thank you Molly for the great answers and the generous GIVEAWAY to 3 of our luck members at The Reading Cafe.

    And …CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CAKE….I think anything Chocolate Truffle is worth the money….lol

  3. Sweet interview Sandy .And it nice to meet you Molly and Congrats on your new book . I just got How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf and i can’t wait to start it ,and i’m also a vampire lover so i am looking forward to starting your other series .

    Ok so i like Milk Chocolate you like Dark lol.
    You like Chicken Marsala and i have always wanted to try it .
    The dessert sounds nummy but again have’nt tried it.
    And i READ all the time so i don’t watch TV , mind you i am a Big Brother Fan so 3x a week i watch it for a total of 3 hour of TV time .

    • OOOH Lori!!! I love Big Brother. I actually know one of the contestants personally this season. This is the second one I’ve known!! We have discussions over at Feehan’s site about it. Maybe we should start our own conversation here on the forum??

      *looks around for Barb* What do you think??

      • Oh you have to let me know who it is , I have yet to pick who i think will win it this year , it must be exciting for you to know someone on it. Best of luck for the person you know Unlessss you don’t like this person then i will buy marshmallows and throw them at this person when their on TV LMFAO ok don’t listen to me i just finished J. R. Wards Lover Unleashed , so i’m all excited about her next book . But right now i’m just starting Molly’s How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf .

        • Frank Eudy. His dad is the pro wrestler, Sid Vicious. Sid has been a friend of mine for yeeeears and that’s how I met Frank. My boss’ daughter actually took him to a dance once. She told all of us then that she didn’t know who had more hair spray, him or her!! LOL!! She actually texted me the pic of them the other night while we were watching BB!! Too funny!!!!

          And, J.R. Ward is, hands down, no doubt about it, my favorite author in the history of the universe!! Although Unleashed was a bit of a disappointment, imo, I still look forward to every book and girl, wait until you read Lover Reborn. Have the tissues ready!!!!!!!!!!!

          And I do love Molly Harper’s writing style. Love the humor!!!!!

          • OH!! And I forgot to tell you, Amy Crews was the other contestant that I knew!! Remember Amy & Marcalis??

      • Yep good idea. I love Big Brother too. Lori you need to join our conversation. lets use this forum, i think we have a TV section. Vickie you can make a new topic on the tv section for BB :)

        • Well thats way sweet can’t wait i will have to check it out my sister and i usually talk when its on but i will get her to come here so we can do a BB nights at the Cafe .
          Oh Vickie ya Frank has some really wild hair going on i think of the 80′s everytime i see him but Kudoos for him to have the numbchucks to walk around with it lol .
          And yes of all of J.R Wards books i feel the same way about this one and i thought that Johns book was not going to be as good but man i loved his book and this one just not up to pare naw i’m just waiting for Lover Reborn to come in so i can read it i so can’t wait and i’m sure big on the “TEARS”.
          LOL Sorry Molly talking about other on your time but i will say i just started your werewolf book .

  4. Awesome interview Sandy & Molly!! Thank you Molly for stopping by! I love your books and your snark-tastic take on things. It is always a plus for me when an author makes me laugh!!! I haven’t read all of your books yet, but have started!!

    I’m with Lori above!! I’m a milk chocolate obsessed kind of girl!! ;)

  5. I enjoyed the interview! Another great series to add to my list!! I love vampire novels with humor! Lori, the only TV I am watching this summer is Big Brother!! My girlies even watch the live feed! I have never had chocolate truffle cake, but I had a great chocolate pudding cake last night!

    • OK now the chocolate pudding cake sounds nummy .
      I only have 3 channels on my TV but i guess if you have cable TV and you get chan. 58 you can get Big Brother after Dark at 2am till 5am and you can watch them chat with each other or what ever they are doing.

  6. wonderful interview, Molly and Sandy. Of course, I have bought a few of your books, Molly, thanks to Sandy’s reviews. sigh

    Loved your snarkastic remark. lol I also love that you use yourself as Jane. must be fun.lol

    Lastly, Sandy, maybe it isn’t such a bad idea if Molly sends the werewolves after you. Especially if it’s Joe, and he is a naked werewolf. *grins*

  7. Hey Molly, thanks for taking the time to share a little about yourself. Great interview Sandy and Molly. From the reviews on you Naked Werewolf series it sounds like a series that I will enjoy and your other series sound pretty good too. I added those to my every growing list of books as well. I have a feeling you and I would get along great, chicken marsala, chocolate truffle cake, dark chocolate and you have dachshunds( they are so cute those dogs). Yup, you’d definitely be a friend of mine. ;-)

  8. Thanks for the great interview! I was getting ready to start the Jane series, do you need to read that before this latest book? I also love dark chocolate. Thanks for the giveway too!

  9. Molly i am half way through How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf.
    and right now i am LMFAO on some of the things you say i just love it so far one of my favs is,If God did’nt want us to eat the animals, he wouldn’t have made them so tasty . lol good thing i was’nt taking a drink of my coffee because i’m sure i would have done my shower look. Man i just love this book Kudoos to you.

  10. Molly thanks for coming and I love the titles of your books especially How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf. lol Jane Jameson’s character sounds interesting. Sandy, great job.

    My favorite food is Shrimp Scampi with Linguine! Yum!

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