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1. Lets begin with having you introduce yourself.
Hi, Jamie. Thanks for having me here. I am originally from Philadelphia, but I moved to New York after high school to attend Pace University. I lived there for ten years and then moved to Los Angeles. It's a long story: I came back to the east for many years, and now am permanently resettled in Los Angeles.
2. I love your book, Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! What made you write, Molly?
I really wanted to take a stand for all the women (and men!) who are badgered to death by friends and family because they're "too picky" when it comes to finding the love of his or her life. My goodness, shouldn't we all be picky in that respect? It's not about agreeing to have dinner at a mediocre restaurant; it's about being happy for the rest of our lives. Be picky!
In addition to standing up for picky people, I wanted to write a more lighthearted book that encompasses themes and situations we can all relate to, but with humor, sass, and snark.
3. When did you start writing, Molly? How long did it take you to finish the final revision?
Well! That's tough to answer. I started writing Molly in 2006, but then I put the manuscript on the back burner to publish my two previously written novels. In 2009, I went back to Molly. I actually finished the writing on New Year's Eve: December 31, 2009. I didn't publish the book for another two years. A lot happened, including a move back to California. Additionally, I spent a lot of time editing the book, blogging as Molly for eight months prior to publication (www.mollyhacker.com), and implementing a professional editor's notes. (I'm not big on rushing books to publication before they are ready!)
4. What did you want to be when you were five?
5. Now, I know this answer. But, what do you do other than write?
I work as a background actor in TV and film in Los Angeles. Maybe someday I'll do more than background.
6. Do you use some of your life in your writing? Any of your experiences in, Molly?
This is a question people often ask writers. For me, I use a lot of what I observe in people and know about people. I've never written about my life experiences directly (by simply changing names), but much of what I write indirectly does have a great deal to do with my own life. I make up a whole lot of stuff, too, but in the end, it all comes from what I have seen, even if not immediately recognizable as such.
7. What was your favorite scene to write?
My favorite scene in Molly to write was the longest. It takes place at a holiday gala in Molly's town. Friend and foe alike come together for a society bash. Relationships are made, relationships are broken, MANY secrets are exposed, and lives are changed forever. Because Molly is written in the first person, it was especially challenging to write a scene involving so many characters.
8. Who is/are your favorite authors? Why?
If I had to choose one, it would probably be Charles Dickens, because I love his colorful, brilliant, larger-than-life characters.
9. What was the first book you ever read?
I have absolutely no idea! :-) But the first book I remember being read to me was Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses.
10. What is your favorite book? Why?
I don't really have ONE favorite book. I mentioned above that I adore Charles Dickens, so I'd have to say that David Copperfield would definitely be on my list of favorite books. I just loved the characters and delicious plotting. One of my very favorite works is Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas. His writing was just brilliant.
11. If you were on a deserted island and could only have three things for the rest of your life. What would they be and why?
Well, I would go crazy if I couldn't write. So at very least, either a whole lot of paper and pens or a computer. (I suppose it would have to be a computer that is powered by water or sand. Do they make those?) I would also use that same computer to stay in touch with my friends; they are my greatest treasure. And last, but not least, a lifeboat to bring me to safety in case I decide that being on an island for the rest of my life is just a tad too much to handle. :-)
12. How many books have you written? What are they?
I have written and published three novels. Squalor, New Mexico (YA/General Fiction), which has nothing to do with the state of New Mexico, is the story of Darla McKendrick, growing up in East Coast suburbia in the 1970s. It's a coming-of-age story shrouded in family mystery.
Crooked Moon (General Fiction) is the story of two childhood friends who reunite after 23 years apart. Callie and Frankie have lived very different lives and there is a lot of joy and pain in their reconnection. Each woman ends up with a life-altering secret about the other and the burning question of what to do with it.
13. And finally, is there any advice you'd like to share with my readers? Anything you'd like to say?
No matter what you're aiming for in life, keep trying, even on the bleakest of days. Keep hope alive and plant miracle seeds every day. You never know when one might grow.
Thank you for doing this interview. I'm sure my readers will enjoy your answers just as much as I do.
Thank you, Jamie. You're truly one of the most delightful, talented, and supportive people I've had the pleasure to meet on social media. You rock!
Lisette was kind enough to include an excerpt from Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! I hope you enjoy!
Chapter One: Another Wedding