A big welcome to Molly Harper who is here answering a few of our questions and celebrating the release of HOW TO RUN WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF, Naked Werewolf #3 (published on December 31, 2013 by Pocket Books).
An Interview with Molly Harper
ATUF: Where do you find inspiration for your books?
Molly Harper: Everywhere. A letter in an advice column. A conversation I overhear in a restaurant. Something funny my husband says. I have to be careful that I don’t put too many real life events in my books, because I don’t want to be sued. For instance, in HOW TO FLIRT WITH NAKED WEREWOLF, Mo gets a job as a short order cook at the Blue Glacier after the first cook hurt his hand using a ginsu knife to cut open a coke bottle. This was based on my brother, Matt, a TRAINED CHEF, who was trying to cut a plastic bottle open with one of his fancy ceramic knives and severed two tendons in his hand. He says I have to pay him a dollar for every copy of the book I sell. But so far, Mom is keeping him from collecting.
ATUF: What was the hardest series/book to write?
Molly Harper: Every book I write is the hardest to date. None of them are easy. But HOW TO RUN WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF was difficult because it deals with a darker subject matter than most of my books – an abusive ex-husband – and this woman who is motivated by a survival instinct most of my characters don’t share. So it was different writing experience.
ATUF: After all the paranormal romance novels, how did it feel to go back to writing straight contemporary romance (The Bluegrass series)? Do you have a preference over which you like to write?
Molly Harper: There are some benefits to writing paranormal romance. In particular, if you run into a plotting problem, there’s usually magical solution. With contemporary romance, all you have is people and their motivations. So naturally, that’s more difficult, and it’s a challenge. I needed that challenge when I started the Bluegrass series. But I’m always going to go back to paranormal romance because it’s my first love. It’s what I enjoy writing the most.
ATUF: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
Molly Harper: I started taking Brazilian jiu jitsu lessons in 2013. I like taking classes a few times a week. I like the style because it makes you feel a lot more confident about being able to protect yourself if you need to. And it’s not about who’s bigger or stronger. It’s about who’s faster and figures out how to use their strength in the smartest way.
ATUF: Who are your favorite authors? What book (or books) was your favorite from 2013? What book (or books) are you looking forward to in 2014?
Molly Harper: I read THE LONG BLACK VEIL by Jeanette Battista. It was fantastic, and it taught me a plotting trick that I will forever call The Flying Taco Ball Maneuver. And THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter.
ATUF: Vampires or werewolves: Who would win in an epic game of tag?
Molly Harper: I’m guessing vampires because they would be faster. Werewolves would eventually get frustrated, lash out, smack a vampire around and get disqualified.
When Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.
Molly Harper is the author of the Jane Jameson series, the Half-Moon Hollow series, and the Naked Werewolf series, as well as a contemporary romance series.
HOW TO RUN WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF by Molly Harper
Available on December 31, 2013 by Pocket Books
Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger only to discover he’s really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don’t faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she’s known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham that’s a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.
The problem is, Caleb employs his lupine tracking abilities as a notquite-legal bounty hunter, and Anna is suspicious of both him and his profession. On the run from her past, with old problems closing in, she’d like to stay far, far away from anybody with connections to the law. Caleb, however, seems determined to keep her close. Are his intentions noble, or is he working a more predatory angle?
Anna’s been dreaming of returning to a semi-normal life, but now she’s experiencing a strange new urge . . . to join Caleb in running with the wolves.
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