Molly Harper – Romancing the Process

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Love, Romance, Joy & Friendship

I jealously guarded my writing experience for my first ten or so romance novels. I’d just Fangs for the Memories-2started writing full-time from home, meaning I had very little social interaction during the day. I hadn’t had a critique partner in years. I didn’t have a very wide circle of writer friends. I didn’t think I had the time or energy to devote to nurturing another writer while trying to complete my own work. And I was terrified of trying to co-write with a partner, because it sounded way too difficult. I would have to include someone else in my process! I would have to let someone else have input in my dialogue, my plots, my precious baby characters!

I’m the oldest of three children, maybe that gave me some “sharing” issues.

All of this changed about two years ago when I was introduced to my snark soul twin, Gia. It was if my smartass inner voice had written a personal ad entitled, “Poorly socialized writer in need of a pop-culture-oriented buddy” and Gia answered.

We loved the same movies, the same books. We loved the same TV shows and live tweeting/mocking those TV shows. We debated the romantic elements we liked or disliked about those works  and suddenly, it didn’t seem so invasive to send Gia chapters from my Half-Moon Hollow novels to ask for her opinion. Her feedback was really helpful. And the little “hehe’s” and smilie faces she left in the margins helped me gauge the quality of a book. And being able to ping her on Facebook messaging at any time during the day made the process of plotting a lot less lonely.

By building that friendship (and being more open to fostering other fSingle Undead Moms Club-2riendships) I feel connected to my work in a way I haven’t in a long time. I feel connected to the outside world in a way that can be limited when you work alone all day. Sharing the experience of writing romance helped me rediscover my joy for writing.

PS: Eventually, Gia and I discovered a mutual love of badass tattooed men with Russian accents. Which led to a Facebook message from Gia asking, “Why don’t we co-write a book about badass tattooed men with sexy Russian accents?” And I responded, “What if we make them WEREWOLVES?”  And that led to our co-written erotic romance series, FROM RUSSIA WITH CLAWS, which launched this summer from Jacey Conrad and Gia Corona.

Molly recommends:

Nicole Peeler  ( nicolepeeler.com )  Nicole didn’t do a RARM post, but I just read this wonderful post on her blog – What It Means to Love What You Do – and I thought I’d link to it. ~ Bobbi xo

Lory Lillian ( lorylilian.merytonpress.com )

Christina Lauren  ( christinalaurenbooks.com ) *Christina Lauren (actually a dynamic duo who write the books together) was so happy to hear Molly recommended them that they wanted to do something special for Read-A-Romance Month, and is giving away lots of books, including her September release. (wow!) Find out more here on the RARM Facebook page  (about noon EST) for a special giveaway from CL and Gallery Books! Thanks ladies!


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

Walking into my local book store on the day my first book, NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS, came out in 2009 and seeing it on the shelf. For nice girls don't have fangsyears, I’d had this weird feeling every time I’d walked into that store, like something in my life was missing. I finally realized that I was looking for my own name on the spines of the books, even though I knew I wasn’t published. (I wasn’t insane, just unhappy.) And nothing was going to change that except getting off my butt, finishing my first book and getting it published. Seeing NICE GIRLS on the shelf gave me an immense feeling of completion and joy and fulfillment.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

There’s a parking lot in town that brings me immense joy. I know that sounds weird. But that parking lot is outside of a place of employment where I was very unhappy. I mean, cry on the drive home from work every day, unhappy. I remember finally working up the nerve to quit and walking out on my last day and resting my head on my steering wheel. And I was so grateful and happy, knowing that I was never going to come back, that now every time I drive past that parking lot, I smile.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The sound of the ocean. I’ve only been near the ocean on vacation, so it’s generally associated with happiness and relaxation.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

I really enjoy Pride and Prejudice re-imaginings. “What would have happened if Darcy had confronted Wickham during their first meeting in Meryton?” or “What would have happened if Elizabeth hadn’t overheard Darcy’s ‘merely tolerable’ comment on the night they met?” That sort of thing.

I recently read the first three books in Sarah Johnson’s Leaving Bennett Behind Series and it’s WONDERFUL. It gives me all of the Austen fangirl squeals. I just love the idea that there are these multiple Pride and Prejudice universes out there were Elizabeth is vexing Darcy in so many ways.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? You put all of my favorite Chrises on the list! I would rather tell my kids which one is my favorite!

(grumbles)

Fine. I would go with Chris Pratt because I just saw Jurassic World and watching as a leather vest-wearing raptor dad gave me SO MANY feelings. So. Many. Feelings.

Molly is generously giving away two signed copies of THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE, plus other Half-Moon Hollow goodies to US readers.

 

Molly.jnashMolly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.

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  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    when I was growing up (my grandmother lived less than a mile from the edge of the Island in Puerto Rico) I loved the sound… w relaxed in the water and had a blast…me my sister and cousins and aunt(who was only 2 years older) until we saw sharks circling us so we’d run like hell to the shore… if we didn’t see them again with in 15 we’d go back in….idiots….what can I say?!

  • Jennifer C

    I loved reading your essay, and your bio really made me smile. As an educator, I can imagine what you went through covering school board meetings as a reporter. And the faked suicide – oh my! Thanks for your recs, too!

  • Kim Hansen- Amundsen

    Sounds like a good book.

  • I have to check From Russia with love!!

  • sj1384

    I love Sarah Johnson’s series as well! I also wanted to sympathize with leaving the job that just trained the very life essence out of you and feeling like your life sentence had been redacted. LOL

  • cheryl c.

    The sound of the ocean brings me joy too…AND reading!

  • Molly

    I haven’t had the chance to read one of your books before. But I am planning on.

  • Karen Mikusak

    I enjoy finding new authors!

  • Katherine Cummins

    I love the naked werewolf series, and I’m looking forward to this new collaborative project.

  • Christyna

    I love the sound of the ocean, too! So cool that writing romances led to finding your female BFF!! Usually writing is so isolating that it’s scary sometimes. Another “love” story! 🙂

  • catslady

    I’v not read you before but these sound like fun reads – thanks.

  • Debbie Fuller

    I’m so jealous! I’ve been looking and praying for the kind of friendship that you have found in Gia. Thank you for posting and sharing.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    There is a definite joy in letting go (as in your horrid job). We all like you in this job.

  • LSUReader

    I enjoyed your post, Molly. And a shout out for living in Kentucky, one of my favorite states! (Wish I had some of that weather right now!)

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    Friends are what sustain us when the going gets rough. Thanks for your essay.

  • Bernadette Long

    Your books sound like a lot of fun.

  • I love Molly’s snark.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I love the titles of your books. I’ll have to check them out next time I’m in the bookstore.

  • Texas Book Lover

    Ha! Telling your kids which is your favorite!!! Too funny!

  • Rochelle

    I love your books and am going to download your new collaboration.

  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    I love Molly Harper. I’ve read/listen to all of her books and can’t wait for the up coming releases for 2015.

  • Erin F

    I also really enjoy ms. Harper’s books!! Sounds like you found a kindred soul and I can’t wait to laugh out loud from your collaboration 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Sue G.

    I love Christina Lauren’s books! Those girls are great!

  • Carol Luciano

    Thanks Molly, great post. And thank you for the giveaway post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • mariannewestrich

    Love a snarky voice in a book. You rock!

  • Pamby50

    Girl power. I can’t wait to read the book that you co-wrote with your friend.

  • Linda Henderson

    I’ve always enjoyed your books so I can’t wait to start your new collaborated series.

  • Glenda

    Looking forward to your new series! I agree with your reaction to the Chris question!!

  • Courtney Cogswell

    You are a new to me author but I just lightly stalked your FB, website and back list on Amazon. Sooo, I’ll probably have to binge read your books as well because they look great! I went ahead and bought From Russia with Claws after reading your back story on how it came to be. Looking forward to reading it as well as your others. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I really enjoyed your post. I hope your books are as much fun as you sound. Thank you. I’m not really a paranormal reader, but I might just have to check out your books.

  • Sheila M

    OK, I’ve got to try tattooed Russian werewolves.

  • Sheryl N

    I read the Nice Girls series and really enjoyed it. I have also read a few of the other Half Moon books. Enjoyed the post! Going to go check out your books again

  • Deana Dick

    I loved your story about the parking lot. Even though at one time it brought you pain to go to a place thst brought you so much unhappiness, it must have felt like freedom to sit there. Looking at the parking lot was an ending to a time in your life that you are free from. What a beautiful story to share. Thanks

  • Kai W.

    Chris Pratt is a very funny actor especially when he supposed to be serious.

  • kirsten west

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your books!