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  ( )  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 ( )

Christina Lauren  ( ) *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!


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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