Interview with Molly Kells

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The very best part of writing comes after several days of writer's block. There's that one great idea that dissipates the agony of being stuck, causing the story to suddenly flow on for pages. It's relief, and elation. Once that great idea materializes, the characters tend to write the story themselves. I'm watching what they're doing, listening to what they're saying, an invisible observer only there to take notes. It's an amazing feeling, watching it all play out with no help from me. Thank you for writing it yourself, characters!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a sequel, or a Part Two to 'Tombstone: You're a Daisy if You Do'. I'm not yet sure how long Edie's (the main character) story will go on, but so far there is enough material for a trilogy. It may end there, it may not. In Part Two there will be a power struggle between Doc Holliday and Billy Clanton that could get ugly.

I've also begun work on something I'd call monster- or horror-erotica in a theme park setting, from the first-person point of view of an employee. I'm surprised it's also turning out to be somewhat of a comedy. This novella can't decide what it is, but it's definitely amusing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jenny Lawson (Let's Pretend this Never Happened) is my favorite at the moment. I enjoy authors who write comedy laced with absurdity. Barbara Kingsolver (Animal Vegetable Miracle) and John Elder Robison (Look Me in the Eye) have that absurd comedic touch. I remember being still awake at 4am one night reading Animal Vegetable Miracle - the part where the baby roosters are learning to crow - and trying hard not to wake everyone up with my tears of laughter. I like authors who can make me laugh-cry.
Who do you find clever?
Mark Twain, Peter Sellers, Michael Cera. Most funny people are clever by nature. Autistic people are clever in the very different ways that they think, geniuses - John Elder Robison, Temple Grandin. The entire cast of Monty Python.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a three-page story, three sentences, about a summer trip. I wrote it in kindergarten. And I illustrated it. I still have it.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. I make - or rather, beg - someone else to do it. Thankfully I live with a graphic designer who is genius with book covers, having completed several for various authors. Need a cover? I'll hook you up!
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm an odd one. While I do read fiction and non-fiction for pleasure, my biggest reading joy comes from how-to books. How to recreate mid-century decor, how to haunt your house, how to win friends and influence people. It's all about learning. I love to learn. My interests are all over the place, and I feel adding knowledge daily in many different categories keeps my brain agile and fresh. I literally get an oxytocin rush from reading how-to's; slowed breathing, spinning head, the feelings you get when you're enamored with a new potential mate, the feeling of falling in love. It's weird, and I know it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have iBooks and Kindle on my iPad. And my iPad is surgically attached. I enjoy both, but I prefer the way iBooks are formatted. I haven't yet tried any other platforms or devices.
Describe your desk
Ha ha! Desk? If I had an official desk? It would be covered in unfinished craft projects, the way every other flat surface in my home is. If this question means 'describe where you write', that would be laying on the couch, or in bed, or sitting outdoors on the patio. Or leaning up against my car in the parking lot at work, where I once wrote for about two hours while people gave me weird looks. Conventional, I am not. I just carry my iPad around so it's there when inspiration strikes. The world is my desk?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My biggest fan (my mom, of course) has always pushed me to write, but I was never sure if it was that she really thought I had ability, or if she wanted me to play out something she wanted to do in her own life but never got around to. In part, I wanted to do it for her. Also, I've known many successful indie authors, and perhaps a smidge of jealousy was involved. Over the years, I've started several books, but never completed more than notes and just a few pages, lacking the gumption to push myself through such a long process.

What inspired me to write - and FINISH - my first novella was an article I read online about a woman who was raking in the bucks writing monster erotica. I need money. Everyone does. And writing (or even reading) erotica was something I'd never tried, but I thought it might be fun to attempt. And it most definitely was. It was so fun that I actually typed my way through an entire novella in about two weeks, pausing occasionally for writer's block, writing in inspired sprees. It was a blast. I don't expect to rake in bucks like she did, but I feel very satisfied that I wrote a book. I wrote a book! That counts even more, feels very "yay me!", which is something I don't feel often.
Published 2014-02-26.
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Books by This Author

Tombstone: You're a Daisy if You Do
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 7,710. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Edie has a fascination with the Old West, and Tombstone in particular. She is enamored by the history, the sites, the characters. The one character that truly makes her mind aflutter is Doc Holliday. Edie visits the old Arizona town and finds herself enjoying a great deal more than she ever imagined! (7600 words, mature audience only [18+]). This is Molly Kells' first book; many more to come!