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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Getting to know Molly Daniels

I'd like to welcome fellow SCP author, Molly Daniels to Labelle Books.
Welcome, Molly, how long have you been an author?
MOLLY: I wrote my first official short story at age eleven, but I’ve been writing and trying to be published since the early 1990’s. So I guess nearly twenty years.
Wow, congratulations, what is your favourite genre?
MOLLY: Contemporary Romance, with Regency a close second.
If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
MOLLY: Even though my Arbor University books are a series, book #3, Forbidden Love is better written than the first two (imho, anyway!). It will quickly catch you up on the happenings in the first two, and my ‘voice’ is stronger.

What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
MOLLY: The fact the rules changed! I discovered five years ago that head hopping was a no-no. So going back into my manuscripts and reversing that was hard. And before my husband retired, Life was ‘easy’. I packed the kids off to school and wrote all day. But now he’s home 24/7 and objects to me ‘playing’ on the computer all day. I’ve discovered I’m more productive on laundry days, when I set a timer for myself.

Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
MOLLY: Sure! I just sent book #5 off for approval, so I’ll soon be self-editing #6, Searching For Love. Unlike the others, this one explores the world of F/F. One of my roommates revealed later that she was gay, and ‘came out’ to me over the phone. Observing how our mutual friends reacted to the news….I knew I had to include this relationship dynamic into my series.

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
MOLLY: Hmmm…my friends already know I played the drums in high school and recently enjoy unleashing my inner rock star among the drinking population of our town via karaoke….I know! I once wrote The Fonz a fan letter and tried numerous times to win a walk on role in Happy Days!

LOL, name your top three writing goals?
MOLLY: -Get these stories out of my head and down on paper
-Be able to one day support myself, or at least have a nice supplemental income, from my books
-Be recognized (some sort of award, long lines at my table, sell out at signings) for my achievements.
Those are some great goals. If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
MOLLY: I’d love to meet Troy Anderson. But since Gretchen would object, then I’d have to say Lynne Harcourt and Nick Slater. They’ve been on an extended vacation for four years now and need to tell me their story.
Ithink that's awesome, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting your character Gretchen, but I can tell you that I enjoyed Troy's character.

What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
MOLLY: You’re going to laugh, but sneaking into a concert by telling the guard I was with one of the groups. He let me and four other girls in; we promptly turned right and went out into the audience.

Or not checking into a guy’s room and sneaking out of the dorm via the fire escape at 2am….I’ve led a pretty sheltered life!

Thanks for having me today Jennifer!
Oh you are very welcome, Molly. I'd like to thank you for joining us. For those of you who would like to learn more about Molly and her work she can be reached through these links:
But, before you all go please enjoy Molly's blurb and excerpt, and don't forget to pick up your copies of Balancing Act today!

Gretchen McLaren has her life mapped out. A tour of duty with the Peace Corps, then working as a social worker for the elderly. But her boyfriend Joe Walker doesn't agree with her plan, and tries everything in his power to change her mind. But will he succeed? Or will his efforts drive her into the arms of another man?

Troy Anderson finds himself hearing the words no man wants to hear, "I just want to be friends." But when a skilled manipulator tries to tear down the woman he loves, will he fight for her? Find out what happens when jealousy upsets the balance of love and ambition. Has Gretchen been blind to true love the entire time?

“That's just great!” Joe threw his towel down in anger. “You have all day to read, but you pick the one time when I want to talk to you. What's more important, me or your damned book?”
“You, of course.” Damn it, why is he so mad now? How long did it take to get my attention? “I'm sorry I wasn't listening.”

“That's right, you don't think I'm worth paying attention to. What are you reading, anyway?”

“It's Danielle Steele's new one, Kaleidoscope.”

“I should have guessed. I saw those trashy novels in your room at the base. Why do you read them? They're not realistic.”

“So what?” Gretchen fired back. “Fiction is a form of entertainment, not meant for educational purposes.”

“Yeah, but these are all the same. Sex and trash!” Joe grabbed the green paperback and threw it into the kitchen wastebasket. “I don't want you reading that shit in front of me again. All it does is ruin your mind and morality.”

“It does not!” I don’t believe he threw it away! It’s not even mine! Maybe I can reason with him? She burst into tears and grabbed a tissue. “I read romance novels for enjoyment, not as a textbook to define how I live.”

“If you hadn't read them, you wouldn't have been such a slut last year!” Joe shouted.

“Oh, that's wonderful. I don't have to take this. I'm going back to campus!” Gretchen stood up and began looking for her shoes. What’s wrong with him? Where does he get the idea that reading romance equals a skewed morality?
“Don't leave, babe.” Joe softened his voice. “I'm sorry. I shouldn't have brought up the past.”

“Then why did you?” She pulled on her left tennis shoe. “Where's my other shoe? There it is.”

She reached for it. Joe grabbed it and held it. “Just listen to me for a minute.”

“No!” she yelled. “I'm too mad, just let me go back to the dorm before I do something I regret!”

“Just let me explain.”

“Give me my shoe!"
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Thanks for having me today Jennifer! This was fun interview:)

  2. LOL That's so cool that the guard let you by. I'd never have to guts to do that.

  3. Great interview, ladies. I love that you're willing to admit to being a Fonz fan. :)

  4. @Amber: If it wasn't for the fact my bff was supposedly already inside, I probably wouldn't have done it. And once inside, I just grabbed the 1st available seat and enjoyed the show. Two hours later, I made my way back to my room and my bff is there! She couldn't get in because they were sold out; her jaw hit the floor when I told her what I'd done!

    "Gee, now I wish I'd waited for you..."

  5. @Cindy: I've been watching Happy Days on the INSP channel, and now my 8 y/o likes it. My older kids just laughed when I told them I'd written a letter to 'The Fonz' and agonized over sounding stupid in the letter! I don't even remember if he sent anything back or not! I was hoping for an autographed picture, and I never did hear back from that contest:( Broke my 11-y/o heart, lol....and then discovered Han Solo:)

  6. Molly, great interview! I enjoyed reading about you and your book excerpt.

  7. @Flossie: Thanks for stopping by:) I try to be entertaining:)

  8. Fun interview, Mollie! I think most of us share those writing goals, whether we want to admit it or not.

  9. @Liz: Right now, I'd be thrilled if my sales and promo expenses balanced out:) Hubby gripes every time I tell him I've ordered bookmarks/cover flats/CD covers.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Ah Molly, that's not naughty. That's clever. LOL

  11. @Carol: Thought of something naughty I did in college, but why tarnish my nice reputation? LOL:)


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