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Friday, September 11, 2009

Molly Harper Interview

Me: If vampires were discovered to exist today, do you think our society would accept them or try to destroy them?

MH: I think it would depend on the vampires. I mean obviously, if they are just "coming out" into society, they've managed to get by without us noticing them and aren't a huge threat to me personally. But, I probably wouldn't take up hobbies that required me to go out at night alone, either. I think I would try to approach them like all people, trying to judge them on personality/character rather than pulse status.

Me: If you were bitten by a vampire, you'd rather be... staked or eternal life?

MH: I would definitely give eternal life a shot. I would just like to be graceful and poised for once in my life. I am a huge klutz.

Me: Why do you think the vampire has remained such a popular subject in both film & literature?

MH: I think people are fascinated by characters who cheat death and age, because that's something we wish we could do. And vampires are sort of the ultimate bad boys, the guys we know are "bad, mad and dangerous to know" but we like to believe there's something special or good enough about us that could redeem them or make them want to change their bloody lifestyles. Look at Bella and Edward, or Buffy and Angel- bad boys who changed their naughty ways because of the love of a good girl.

Me: Where do you find your inspiration for the supernatural characters that appear in your novels?

MH: I try to think of them as regular people who have had something extraordinary happen to them.

Me: Did something specific inspire the Jane Jameson series? How did you come up with the idea for the series?

MH: Desperation. We were living in "The Apartment of Lost Souls" while building our new home. This was the place where appliances and small electronics went to die. Every night I would tuck our snoozing child into bed and wait for the washing machine to start smoking or the computer to suddenly flash the "blue screen of death." Then there was the plague of frogs in the bathroom that put our daughter off potty-training for about six months. It was either go crazy or write book.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Jane's single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. And despite the fact that's pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she's mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

Me: Do you think there really are things that go bump in the night?

MH: I have to believe the stories come from somewhere.

Me: How do you celebrate Halloween?

MH: We usually take our kids to the Halloween Trunk or Treat Party at our church. I know, WILD AND CRAZY.

Me: How do you keep track of Half Moon Hollow's world? Do you have a Half Moon Hallow book of shadows?

MH: I have a set of rules. (Vampires are allergic to silver. Reactions to religious items depend on the vampires' religious background.) Basically the second chapter of the first book. And I try to follow those rules whenever I'm setting up plot points. I also try to keep track of the book quotes at the beginning of each chapter, because sometimes they can determine supernatural action as well.

Me: Angel or Spike?

MH: Like peanut butter and chocolate, in a perfect world, they don't have to be enjoyed separately. (There, I said it.)

Me: Sarah Michelle Geller or Kristy Swanson?

MH: Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Me: Angel, Xander, Giles, Oz, Riley, Wesley?

MH: Hmmm. Everybody but Oz. Funny guy, but I never quite forgave him for what he did to Willow.

Me: Pretzel or Popcorn?

MH: Popcorn, preferably from a movie theater.

MH: Thanks again!

Visit the always amazing Molly @ mollyharper.com.
Thank you, Molly, for dropping by. You ROCK!

Giveaway Alert !

To celebrate Vampire week I'm giving away a copy of Molly's latest release, Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog this week & make sure you leave your email address. The more comments you leave... the more entries you have :]!

Good Luck!!!

Moody Countess
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Wendy said...

Hi Molly! Great interview, I'm so with you on the Angel AND Spike bit! Hee.

Pam said...

I'd go for eternal life too - who wants a stake through the heart? That sounds way too painful!

melacan at hotmail dot com

ibeeeg said...

Great interview!

Molly, I like your answer where you explain about your set of rules. Rules are important to maintain throughout stories. I have a friend that when she is a reading a book and she finds the story straying from previous set rules in order to make a situation work...well...it turns her off and then she does not continue with the read. Myself, I am a bit more forgiving but I do like to know the rules for which vampires (or other "creature") live by.
Your "apartment of lost souls" must have been tremendously frustrating. God...I do have mini heart-palpitations when one thing starts to break, stop working, and most especially when the car funks out. If several things whacked out relatively close in time, I think I would have a nervous breakdown. No. Seriously, frustration would most certainly be felt! sounds like you can life about the apartment (now).

I look forward to reading Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs! My interest has most certainly been piqued.

elnice said...

Molly, I am so excited to read your books, I have read great reviews and interviews all over the blogosphere. This was a great interview with some original questions.

elnice said...

I link on my blog about the interview and contest. I love vampire week!


Cherie J said...

Great interview! We usually take our kids to one of the churches Trunk or Treats as well for Halloween. It's lots of fun.


chichaihana said...

Lol, I love the quirky names. It's fun and seems like a fun read.


booklover0226 said...

This sounds like a great read!

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JennJ said...

Terrific Interview! And the questions were awesome! I can't wait to try these books I bought the first one and it's up close to the top of my TBR pile woohoo.

Please count me in!

The Book Resort said...

Thank you so much for loving the interview. I had so much fun w/ the questions :).

Molly was awesome. she will definitely be back w/ a follow up interview & review. She is so amazing!

Wendy, I have a thing for Spike ;p. Haha!

Pam, no stake for me either.

Ibeeeg, I can't wait to read your thoughts on Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs & than we can go on to the rest of the series. LOL!

Thank you for linking to your blog-- it is apreciated. I am happy you liked the questions.

joder said...

Great interview! So happy you came to chat with us. And I totally agree about Angel and Spike too.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

The Book Resort said...

So excited you liked the interview.

The characters are as interesting as the quirky names.

This is a hilarious series. Hope you get to read it.

What a gr8 compliment about the interview q's :].
Move this series up & enjoy!

ibeeeg said...

Yeah...I do want to read this book and then go with the series. I think that I will like this one. *smile*

K said...

Great Interview
The bit about The Apartment of Lost Souls sounds scary - more than one appliance not working at a time - Yikes!!

Completely agree on the Angel or Spike. James Masters is yum

killemall9 at gmail dot com
K (Slip Carefully)

Wanda said...

Would love to be entered in your draw.

The Book Resort said...

Happy dance. You'll love the series. Enjoy your weekend.

Thank you! Marsters is delish!

The Book Resort said...

You tossed you hat into the ring.

The Book Resort said...

Spike fans...


wade said...

sounds great count me in please


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renee said...

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renee said...

Please enter me i would love a chance to read this

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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

This was one of the best interviews I've recently read! I love the idea of vampires only being affected by religious icons per according their belief/religious background! Very creative spin!!!

Man, I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to win, thank you for the chance :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Also I follow your blog on Google Reader :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

PS - I also REALLY like the Apartment of Lost Souls - that is GREAT!

Martha Lawson said...

Another great interview!! I would really love to win this book! The more I read the better it sounds. I agree about the popcorn - none is better than at the theatre!!

mlawson17 (at) hotmail dot com

Molly Harper said...

Mary Ann- I actually got the idea for the religious sensitivity thing at a restaurant. There was a huge Buddha statue in the lobby. And I was wondering, if a vampire who was Buddist in a former life, would he be repelled by a statue of Buddha? It seemed unfair that Christian icons were the only effective vampire repellents.

I get ideas in weird places.

Molly Harper said...

Yes, the Apartment of Lost Souls is an entertaining story. It was not as entertaining to LIVE IT. The very first morning we were living there, I walked into my daughter's bedroom and saw this HUGE spider crawling across the floor.

A week later, she came screaming out of the bathroom because there was a frog clinging to the upper rim of the toilet bowl. Put her off toilet training for months.

Between the infestations and the dead appliances, I wanted to call in someone to do an exorcism.

donnas said...

Great interview. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Its always cool to read interviews with good authors.

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Mishel said...

What an awesome interview! This is yet another series I've been meaning to start, but Molly sounds like such a down to earth person. This post would definitely have gotten me interested in the books if I hadn't been already.

Thanks so much!

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Virginia said...

Angel by night...Wesley by day! gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

throuthehaze said...

Great interview!
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annalisa said...

Enjoyed the interview. Your books sound awesome! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!


Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I mean you REALLY have fun/great/awesome taste in the books you giveaway :)
I want them all hahaha

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

And I LUV Molly's characters' names!!!!

bridget3420 said...

I want in:)


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looks like a great book, please enter me :]


Mystica said...

Looks good reading please count me in.