Dec 8, 2010

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Interview with Molly Harper and Giveaway

As part of my birthday celebration, I have the honor of interviewing one of my most favorite authors, Molly Harper!  (Insert *Squee* and *Applause* here)

Let’s start with your Jane Jameson series.  What made you decide to first write about vampires?  And not regular vampires, but vamps that are ‘out’ and that buy their blood at the local Wal-Mart?

I’ve always been a huge fan of vampire stories, especially vampire stories that can make you laugh.  I’m still in mourning a little bit for Buffy and Angel.    And I specifically wrote my vampires as “out” because I wanted to write about Jane shopping in the special vampire aisle at Wal-mart. I really just wanted to make up my own vampire products.

Jane was turned by the incredibly Yummy Gabriel after being accidentally mistaken for a deer and shot.  I’m not sure what to say about that other than where on earth did that idea come from?  lol

I was trying to come up with the most embarrassing way to die possible. Something you wouldn’t tell other people as a vampire. And my husband is a hunter. Being mistaken for a deer and shot just seemed like a wacky, random, horrible thing to happen to someone. Of course, now that I’ve Googled it and realize how common it is for people to be mistaken for deer and shot, I feel sort of bad about mocking it.

You announced on October 27th at 6:45pm that there is going to be a fourth Jane book!  (Super *Squee*)  What took so long and can you tell us a little about the story line?

The publisher just approved the fourth Jane book last week. Trust me, I would have announced it earlier if I could have! And no, I don’t think I am allowed to say anything about the storyline just yet. I can tell you that Jane will be planning her wedding to Gabriel, but that – like most of Jane’s life – it will not go smoothly.

And until then, for those who want to read more Jane, you have a short story that includes all of our favorite characters on your web site.  Do you have more short stories planned or is the fourth book pretty much going to tap them out?

Well, after this book, I may update the story periodically, but only as the characters call for it. I don’t want to drag it out unnecessarily. Plus, my other writing projects keep me pretty busy.

You’ve mentioned before that your biggest challenge while writing is your tendency to go off on a tangent and lose focus of the story.  Do you remember a particular tangent that you had to delete that was particularly long and that helped you realize that maybe you really should not eat so much sugar before noon?

Actually, my biggest challenge as a writer is time management. I’m stilling working full-time and I have two kids under seven. I write from my couch at night after the rest of my family has gone to sleep.

But I think the biggest tangent I ever went on was giving Zeb a sister, Maybelline, in the second Jane book. She was a rabid drama queen who made Zeb’s wedding all about her.  I think I ended up cutting 5,000 words from a manuscript when my first-reader told me I was straying too far away from the point.

Since your tangents include characters that need to be cut to help move the story along, you created a “Character Graveyard” on your web site (very funny idea by the way).  Can you tell us a little about the idea for the graveyard?  And are there any characters that you would like to resurrect in future projects?

For some reason, a lot of the plots in the character graveyard are superfluous siblings.  I got the idea for the graveyard when my agent, Stephany, noted that there was always at least one character who ended up cut from my original manuscripts. I said it was too bad that the characters would never see the light of day and I should memorialize them somehow. So we added a graveyard to my web site. Since the occupants are so specific to the stories, I don’t think I’d be able to move them around to different projects.

Speaking of name graveyards, let’s talk about your contemporary romance work and your deceased pseudonym.  You were originally planning on writing “And One Last Thing…” under the pen name Aline Harris but your publisher kyboshed the idea.  Why were you thinking of writing using a different name?

Molly Harper is my real (maiden) name. At first, my publisher thought it would be a good idea to preserve “Molly Harper” for the paranormal romances and create another brand for the contemporary romances.  I was all for it, as AND ONE LAST THING has much more “adult” love scenes and language, and I thought maybe I could get away with my grandma not reading it if my name wasn’t on it.  But since I have a wonderful fan base built up for the Jane Jameson books, we decided it would be better to stick with one central pen name.

You’ve said that you have many ideas for more contemporary books.  Have you written any more yet or have any ideas been Okayed by your publisher?

I plan on switching back and forth. Right now, I’m still pitching paranormal ideas.

The cover for “And One Last Thing…” is beautiful.  Simple and clean.  Is it the same artist that did your covers for your upcoming ‘Naked Werewolf’ books?

Thanks, I really love those covers.  They are all the work of the very talented Renata Di Biase.

In your new upcoming series, are the werewolves going to be similar in character to the ones we meet in your Jane books or did you tweak them a little to make them special for these books?

Well, they’ll be the same type, natural wolves as opposed to bipedal, “Wolfman” werewolves. And they’ll have a similar pack structure. But the Grundy werewolves will be distinct, that’s for sure.

So far, you have two books due to come out in your new series.  “How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf” is due out in February and “The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf” is due out in March 2011.  How many books would you like to see in this series?

I have at least one more book in mind for this series, but there is no plan to release a third as of yet.

Can you tell us a little about “How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf”?

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear-trap clamped to his ankle on your front porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham – who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life up North – has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But he has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen. Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. But if he’s not responsible, then who is? Life is complicated when a when you fall head over haunches in love

Okay, Flash Four time (these questions only require one or two word answers)
Sorry, I’m incapable of one or two word answers.

Flash four questions about books and writing ~
How long, from start to end, did it take you to write “How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf”?
Not long at all, I think it was about six months, which is pretty typical of me. AND ONE LAST THING is my fastest writing period to date at four months.  But I was on maternity leave for two of them, so I had a little more time at home to write.

Did you see yourself being a writer as you were growing up?
Yes. I used my mom’s manual typewriter to set up my little “writing office” on the couch when I was 8. It was just a question of what kind of writer I would be. I didn’t think there was a chance I would ever be published, so I became a journalist. I figured, at least I would be doing what made me happy.

I really loved working as a newspaper reporter. Some of the things I did and saw were completely insane. How many people can say they’ve walked across a half-completed dam?  Or watched an undercover drug buy from a police van?  But the hours were crazy and long and it is a very stressful job, no matter how much you love it.  At this stage of my life, I’m grateful to have a job with bankers hours and time off on holidays.

In what room of your house do you write from?
Sadly, I am still writing from the couch.

Do you tend to come up with the title for your book before you start writing it, while you’re writing it or when it’s all done?
My suckiness at naming my books is legendary. I come with a title while I’m outlining a book. I send the outline to my agent with the subtitle, “This is what we’re calling it until my editor comes up with something better.” It’s bad. So, so very bad.

Flash four questions about random things ~
Sweet or salty snacks?
I’m torn. I have a crazy sweet tooth. But when writing, I tend to be a popcorn or pretzel girl.

What color is your toothbrush?
Blue

Your high school experience:  good or bad?
Meh. It wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t exactly the prom queen, either. I was a six-foot-tall, non-athletic band geek. I played the tuba, for crying out loud. I had a small, super-close group of friends from band. But I also got a long with most people. My sense of humor was pretty much the same and that seemed to help me relate. My mom has mentioned on several occasions how proud and flummoxed she was by the people I brought home for dinner. I tended to have a few friends in just about every crowd, the sporty popular kids, the intentionally weird artsy kids, the sci-fi geeks.  And I was rarely picked on, because, well, I was six feet tall in ninth grade.

At the same time, I would never EVER go back. I have no regrets. The only advice I would give my younger self would be to cherish the fast metabolism while I could and lay off the ice cream.

What do you like on your pizza?
Cheese. Lots of cheese. I’m a simple girl.

I can’t wait for this new series and I know I’m not the only one who has placed it on their ‘auto-buy’ and ‘eagerly anticipating’ lists.  Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and for helping me celebrate my birthday.  You rock!

Molly’s Jane Jameson series is fabulous and I want everyone on the planet to read it.  But since that’s just a little too grand of a task to take on (and I’m really not all that ambitious), I’ll settle with one of you receiving the opportunity to relish these great books.  If you leave a comment below stating that you wish you enter my birthday giveaway, you will have the chance to win ALL THREE Jane Jameson books.  That’s Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever.  Yup.  All three.  All you have to do is leave a comment by Sunday December 12th at noon est.  I’ll post the winner soon after.

This contest is open anywhere the Book Depository delivers.   Feel free to leave a comment even if you don’t want to enter (and I hope the reason you don’t want to enter is because you already own these books).  Just let me know in the comment.

And for those of you who missed the super snazzy badge I made to show Molly just how much I appreciate her books, here it is again:

It’s so pretty!  🙂

You can visit Molly Harper’s Website here.
Her blog Nice Girls Don’t Write Naughty Books here.
And you can read my review of And One Last Thing… here.

  1. I love Molly Harper’s books! I can’t wait to read her werewolf books, I’ve really enjoyed Jane’s books and And One Last Thing… She’s on my auto-buy list 🙂

    No need to enter me – I own them all *mwahahahaha*

  2. Hi 🙂
    That’s a nice interview. I’m glad Molly kept her name on her contemporary! I, too, am looking forward to her werewolf series. I can tell by the title that it has her trademark humor.
    Thank you to Molly for sharing here.
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    PS – Thanks for the wonderful giveaway & I love your Molly-badge!
    🙂

  3. Wow, how do you find time with two kids under 7? 🙂

    Fun interview!! (don’t enter me)

  4. Great interview. I have her werewolf books on my wishlist and I can’t wait to read them. I love werewolves!

  5. Hey Julie,

    After the Fever Series, I am definitely interested in all the books you recommend! So, I guess I hope I win! lol

    Awesome interview by the way! The author seems like such a fun person. Can’t wait to read her books! =D

  6. Lol, love that last pic 😉

    And no need to enter me as I do own all three books 😀

    Great interview. I am so curious about the werewolves now, they sound fun and cute

  7. What a fantastic interview Julie! Thanks 😀

    I’ve seen these books for a while and I’d love to finally read them. Thanks for offering such a kick-ass giveaway!

    …flash four questions are awesome

  8. Great interview! I’ve had And One Last Thing on my “to buy” list for a while due to all of the great reviews for it. I am looking forward to the werewolves now. Thanks!

  9. Oh wow, what a very impressive interview you two!! Great job Julie! What a great bday treat to you!!! And to treat us to a giveaway!!!

    Please count me!!!

    alliwantandmorebooks@ gmail.com

  10. Julie – Wonderful interview! I had looked at this set of books on your “favorites” page and had made a note to read them and look into the author and here you are interviewing the author and talking about the books! It’s a sign I swear. 😀 I loved her wonderful answers to all your questions and the fact that she can’t answer in one or two words…I have that problem too! This whole thing just made me very interested in these series and please put my name in your giveaway pile! 😀

    Looks like another happy birthday day for your birthday week!

  11. Great interview! I haven’t read the series but it sounds really good. Please enter me in your contest.

    Happy Birthday Week!

  12. Robin Blankenship says:

    I am so looking forward to the werewolf books. I would love to win these books. I think her books look fantastic.

    Robin

  13. Oh oh oh!!! Everyone has recommended Molly Harpe’s Jane Jameson books to me but I’ve yet to read any!
    Put me DOWN for the contest, and thanks for the opportunity!

  14. I’m dying to have her books. Been trying to win them for months !!
    enter me in please .

  15. I have never read any books by Molly so I would love the chance to win them – sound great. Love your badge – you are very talented.

  16. I would love to win these books! Can’t wait for anything else she writes. Love them. Can’t believe she has a full time job, two kids AND writes! Craziness.

  17. Melody Jarrells says:

    I love this interview!! I was cracking up. I can’t wait for the werewolf series!!! I too mourn Buffy and Angel!!!!

  18. I would love to be entered. Thank you for the contest! Hope you are having a great birthday celebration!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  19. What a fantastic giveaway! Thank you so much for this opportunity!!! By the way, great interview! Writing on the couch isn’t too bad, I find my couch to be very comfortable hehe :).

    I’d love to be entered into this giveaway!

    Follower from Canada 🙂

    moonlightgleam(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. This series has been on my to read list forever! Winning all three books would give me that needed kick in the butt to start this series.

    Please enter me!

    goodbooksgoodcoffeegoodlife@gmail.com

  21. I am looking forward to finishing this series. I hope to get a chance. With the holidays upon us its hard to buy books for myself.

  22. The Molly badge rocks! I love the Jane series but sadly do now own any. I would love to be entered!.
    One Last Thing was great and now bring on the Wolves! Clothing for them is optional 😉
    Happy birthday.

    terilhack(AT)gmail.com

  23. OH man the Jane Series totally sent me into hysterical giggles. I cannot wait for these upcoming releases. I loved the interview. Thank you for coming on Molly.
    Was there anyone who reminds you of Jane in real life Molly?
    And Happy Birthday to you too!
    It is wonderful that you are spreading the joy around to us also.
    I would love to be entered in.
    kasuranna(AT)yahoo.com

  24. The synopsis for the werewolf series sounds great. I’ll definitely be looking out for it. I have read the first Jane Jameson books, but not the others, so I’d love to win the set.

    jen(at)delux(dot)com

  25. Linda Henderson says:

    I enjoyed the interview very much and I would love to read these books. Happy Birthday Week!!

    seriousreader at live dot com

  26. I would love to join this! Thank you so much for this giveaway!

    I am actually waiting for the release of her naked werewolf books next year.

    buoyread at gmail dot com

  27. great interview!! i love molly harper’s Jane Jameson series so i would love to win the whole set!! can’t wait for the 4th book either!!

    mariannguyen16(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  28. I’ve read Mrs. Harper’s Nice Girls series and loved it, would love to own my own set!
    thanks for the giveaway!

    Van
    Littopandaxpress(At)yahoo(dot)com

  29. I would LOVE to win the books! I do not have the books, but I have “read” them in an audiobook. That´s not the same as having the books! Besides – I have a couple of friends, who don´t know Jane and I would like them to read the books, so I can talk with them about her and the gang.

    juliazahle(at)gamil(dot)com

  30. Anci Sköld says:

    I´m a HUGE fan of Molly Harpers books and I´m “spreading the word” about them here in Sweden!
    But some of my friends don´t like to read in english, so I have e-mailed several swedish publishers to tell them about Molly´s books!!
    We are still waiting…and hoping…!;)
    And I, personally, can´t wait to get my hands on her new books!!
    And the fourth Jane Jameson….Oh, I want to have it NOW!!! 😉

  31. Heather Duby says:

    Great interview! I’ve read all of the Jane Jameson books by checking them out of the library, but know I’d read them over and over if I owned them, so I’d love to win the contest. 🙂 If I don’t, I’ll still own them just not as soon. 😉 I CAN’T wait for the fourth.

    I also just read And One Last Thing… It was just as wonderful as the Jane Jameson books and I can’t wait to read more like it. I’m excited about the Naked Werewolf books, too.

  32. Crysta S. says:

    I would looooooove to enter your contest!
    Molly Harper Rocks!

  33. Janette A says:

    Yes! Please enter me in your birthday giveaway for a chance to win all three Jane books!!
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Molly Harper’s “And One Last Thing…” and I’m eagerly looking forward to the werewolves but the Jane Jameson series was my first taste of Molly’s snark, and the series will always have a very special place in my heart! Thanks for making me smile, and keep up the fabulous writing Molly 😉

  34. Happy Birthday & I’m right there with you! I love me some Molly Harper! I recommend them to absolutely everyone I know!!! Please enter me for your FABULOUS giveaway! 😀

  35. Teresa Kleeman says:

    Hi Julie I want to say Happy Birthday Belated. I want to enter your Birthday Giveaway.

    Molly is a great lady, I had the opportunity to contact her for a charitable auction I was working on and she was so generous in donating signed copies of the Nice Girl Series (Jane Jamison). She really rocks when it comes to her writing and her fans.

    I would love to win the set of Jane Jamison’s books, for I’ve lent mine out so much they are wearing out. So all I can say is good luck everyone who leaves comments for the contest. And I wish everyone blessings and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Again Julie, Happy Birthday.

  36. Love all the books as well. I’m going to start re-reading them this week after finishing the last one some months ago and having finished “And One Last Thing” recently. All Molly’s books are excellent reads with engaging characters and creative plot lines. No need to enter me for the first three Jane books either. I already own all of them. Thank you, though!

  37. wanda flanagan says:

    Happy Birthday Julie !!!!Fantastic interview, Molly I love your books I cant wait to get my hands on copies of How To Flirt With A Werewolf and The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf.Jane Jamison rocks this is one of the best series I have ever read and I cant wait to read your new series I know its going to be just as awesoem .
    flanagan@mebtel.net

  38. jeanette8042 says:

    Fabulous interview! I would love to win the set of books! I’ve already read them but would love a set of my own!

  39. Molly Harper is def. in the my top 10 fav authors list!! She is Hilarious! I have read the series but would love to own the set! And for anyone who is thinking about reading this series, stop thinking and do it! You won’t regret it.

  40. Happy birthday and thanks for making a giveaway for it 🙂 I would *love* to win these great books!

  41. Happy Birthday! Would love to win these books – you make them sound so good 🙂

    smaccall @ comcast.net

  42. Wow Awesome Interview Julie, Geeze Molly you are sure busy! I cant believe you still write from the couch.. Somehow makes me like you even more.
    Please enter me, I have read the first one. I loved it. Great news about the fourh JJ book… squeeeeeee.
    I am still chuckling about the Dick Chaney jokes.

  43. Hi! Great interview. The Jane Jameson series sounds fantastic and I’d love to read it! Thanks for making this international.

  44. Cybercliper says:

    Happy Birthday Julie – Wow, I love vampires and {{head smack}} where have I been that I haven’t heard of the Jane Jameson series. Thanks for the head up…annhonATaolDOTcom

  45. I’d love to win these books! Thanks!

  46. I love Molly Harper. Her books are just so much fun!
    Thanks for a great interview!

  47. Reading the interview and the titles of Molly’s books, I am really wondering, why I haven’t read them already. They seem so fun and romantic and definitely not-to-be-missed.

    It must be hard having to cut off characters from books, but wow, the character graveyard is such a unique and purposeful thing to do!!

    I’d love to enter the contest and have the chance to read the books! XD

    Kelly @ I Work For Books
    yvantis[at]hotmail[dot]com

  48. Aleshea fouts says:

    I love all of molly Harper’s books!

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