An Interview with Molly
Where do you write?
This is an interesting question because it’s changing. When my kids were young I wrote at home during their naps. When they went to daycare I wrote at a coffeeshop most days. But now that both are in school I’m back at home, because really, six hours isn’t all that much. So, I’m at home at my kitchen table.
How did you choose the genre(s) you write in?
Does it sound ridiculous if I say it chose me? I’m not very good at research – so historical is out. I don’t like being scared so Romantic Suspense is out. Paranormal romance wasn’t even on my radar when I started writing. So at the time, that left me with straight contemporary romance. Which I love.
What challenges did you face in getting your first book published?
I am one of those authors who got published pretty quickly – since then it’s been a roller coaster of lines ending, editors leaving and rejection. I don’t think there’s anyone who has had it easy in this business.
What challenges do you face in bringing a story to life? Every single time I start a book it feels like I’ve never done it before. And those first 20,000 words I feel like I’m learning how to ride a bike for the first time – I’m wobbly and nervous and full of doubt. But by 21,000 words I’ve usually figured it out and off I go.
Are the names of your characters in your stories important?
Very funny story – my last two superromances and my first two single titles – all the characters have the same names. You can check – Walter, Victoria, there was an Eli that I changed. I wrote those books back to back as fast as I could and I just used place-holder names – thinking I would change them later – but I didn’t. So, I had to have a very panicked conversation with my agent and my superromance editor and we made what changes we could – but it’s still pretty ridiculous. My agent sent me a name diagram form to use – she was not impressed.
Are you a Plotter or Seat of the Pants Writer?] I don’t think I can say one of the other, truthfully. I plot pretty extensively, but when I sit down things change and magic happens and I am able to keep things pretty fluid. But I like to do a lot of thinking up front so I don’t find myself in a corner with no story left.
What is the best piece of writing advice you can give?
You have to write. Wanting to write and actually writing are very different things. Nothing will happen if you don’t first put your butt in your chair and sweat through the work.
Book reviews —the good, the bad, the ignore them! What’s your opinion?
I wish I could ignore them. Some I really pay attention too – there are opinions out there from people I really admire and respect. But at the end of the day one person’s amazing is another person’s awful. There’s no pleasing anyone and I truly believe trying to please everyone will only make your work suffer.
List 3 books that influenced your writing.
Every time I sit down to write or plot out a book I measure myself against my favorite romance novels, what I consider to be the best of the genre: Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips The Shadow and The Star by Laura Kinsale and Lover Awakened by JR Ward.
List 2 all-time favorite movies.
I really need to get some new movies because these are so dated but: Good Will Hunting and Field Of Dreams. OH! And Crazy Stupid Love. Those are my favorites!
What’s your favorite must see TV show?
I learned more about writing and creating subplots by watching the show The Wire, than I’ve learned from any other source. It’s a tough show to watch, but it is outrageously smart and I think a very good lesson in if you stay true to your vision and world without watering it down, the viewers or readers will still get it. So much television now is spoonfeeding us and I find that boring.
What’s your favorite music? Bruce Springsteen
Red or white wine? Usually red – but the real answer is beer.
Coffee or tea? Coffee all the time. Sometimes with beer.
Eat in or Eat out? With the kids I so rarely eat out anymore – it’s such a treat. Someone bringing me food, filling my water glass. Bliss.
Print book or e-book? I love e-books for the ease of shopping, but you can’t beat a paper book.
Molly O’Keefe is a RITA-Award winning author with 28 novels in publication. Her Boys of Bishop series continues this summer with Never Been Kissed and Between The Sheets. Her first western historical romance Seduced is available now. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her family and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.
You can find her at www.molly-okeefe.com
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A gritty and emotional historical western romance by RITA-award winning and Bestselling author Molly O’Keefe.
Melody Hurst’s days as a Southern belle are over. Now she’s widowed and alone in the foothills of the Rockies, struggling to make a life in a dangerous world. She’s determined to secure a future by marrying – but love is out of the question.
Cole Baywood has turned bounty hunter after serving in the horrors of the Civil War, but the ghosts of the men and women he’s killed still haunt him. He’s drawn to the beautiful widow trying to seduce him, only the darkness in his soul forces him to reject her. Is it possible that Melody’s touch can heal the demons of his past? And how can he convince a woman who has lost so much to risk her heart?
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