I’m thrilled to feature, Molly O’Hare this month. She’s correct in saying below that we met on a writer’s support group, but like many others, I’d first heard about her from another member of my tribe.
Molly writes Contemporary & Romantic Comedy Romance. “Teased by Fire” is already available!
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Q: How do we know one another?
I believe we met through an Author Support writing group. Yes, that is my final answer, and I'm sticking to it.
Q: Author: dream job or never expected to be doing this?
My dream job isn't really a job. All I've ever wanted to do was make people laugh and entertain them, in any form. This is probably why I dabble so much in improv, along with telling stories. So to answer your question, I guess I'm living my dream job right now. As long as people are laughing, my heart is full.
Q: How much of the romantic banter in your books comes from your relationship with your husband?
Hmm, I had to think about this. The "romantic banter" isn't really us. Now, the overly dramatic, fall backward like I've been shot banter, is all my husband and I. Those frequently end up in my books. Actually, I would say most scenes in my books regarding banter, or an animal are one hundred percent something that has happened in my life. This is why the animals I write have such personalities. They are completely based on my own animals.
Q: Name one positive thing that you didn’t expect when you first started writing.
I don't keep it a secret that I'm severely dyslexic, and have been my whole life. Once, I was told I'd never be able to read or write by a "professional" (side note can I say, screw you to him, and look at me now, b*tch!) Anyway, I was extremely nervous to publish anything because of my dyslexia. As it turns out, tons of authors are the same. Authors, along with readers welcomed me with open arms. No one even bats an eye at my horrible grammar or spelling anymore. Plus that's what editors and spell check is for.
Q: How much of you rubbed off on Olive?
I believe every leading female I have written has a great deal of me in them. However, I feel Olive takes the cake (yummy cake). I'm not as anti-social as her, but if you remove that, and add in Holly's awkwardness and clumsiness you get me. Oh, and I can't forget Maggie's "this is me, take it or leave it attitude." Olive is a little out there, which is perfect because so am I.
Q: Do you have an adventurous side?
Yes, I am a jump first figure out how not to die as I don't have a parachute on the way down, kind of person. One of my favorite things to do is find something that is scary to me, swallow the fear down and do it anyway. That feeling is one of my favorite feelings in the world. Life is too short not to go for it. If I fail, I fail, but I am damn sure gonna have a good time doing it. This also might be why my husband has to reign me in most of the time.
Q: Plug it, girl! What do you think readers are going to love best about this book?
Olive is relatable. It's one of the things I pride myself in. Writing relatable characters. I'm plus size, so I write some of my characters to be plus size. I'm awkward and clumsy, so I write my characters to be the same. I have a, "if you don't like me because X, Y, and Z, well too freaking bad, that's your problem, not mine" attitude. So I write my characters the same. In the end, one of the things I love best about Olive Quinn is her ability to be herself. Being who you are is one hundred times better than pretending to be someone different. You are perfect just the way you are. And, if anyone doesn't believe you when you say you are perfect, mentally throat punch them. Don't for real throat punch them though, unless you want jail time, then by all means, you do you.
Q: What’s your favorite social media (FB, Twit, IG, Pinterest, etc…)
Good question... Instagram is fun because it's pictures and my attention span is that of a goldfish. Facebook is excellent for connecting but gets a tad consuming. Twitter is great for short burst. Once again good for my short attention span. Pinterest is fantastic for recipes! They all have their good and bad points. If someone came down and told me I could only have one for the rest of my life, I'd probably pick Pinterest. You can find ANYTHING on Pinterest.
Q: Would you rather have more waffles and not gain weight or more corgis if you didn’t have to pick up after them?
I would have more Corgis hands down. Plus, it's my husband's chore to clean up the backyard each week, anyway so let them poop. Not my problem. Haha. Plus, can you imagine the joy it would be to lay on the floor and have twenty Corgis jump all over you? Them dang Corgi butts drive me extremely nuts. I will make this happen one day!
Q: Best fur baby you’ve ever loved or best moment with a fur baby. Go!
I don't know if I can answer this. I am such a huge animal lover. I can't remember a time in my life where I didn't have animals. They mean the world to me. But, I do have this one time I think about and laugh. I have a Beagle who is tough if he is being held back. My husband and I were walking him around the block around Christmas a few years ago. Our neighbor had one of these light up reindeer in their yard. My dog thought it was another dog and went crazy, barking and scratching trying to get at it as it moved its head up and down. I know my pup very well, so I let go of the leash to see what he would do (no worries we live on a very quiet street almost no cars). And, just as I suspected my dog turned around and looked at the leash and then back at me like, "You gonna hold this, mom?" The second I picked up the leash he started barking at the decoration again. I don't think I've laughed so much in my life before. My husband and I still talk about it to this day. Clearly, my pup is all bark and zero bite.
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