Interview with Molly Haven

What's the story behind your latest book?
Here's how "The Signatures" came about: A close friend of mine is a big fan of "50 Shades of Grey." In fact, I noticed that she would read the trilogy over and over. I asked her, "Are the sex scenes that good?" and she said, "It's not so much the sex as it is the characters. I like them so much I want to go back and be with them again." I began to wonder if I could write a book like that, sexy but with likable characters to which readers would want to return and spend time with. Also, I knew I wanted to write a sexy comic novel, and the situation that I felt would have the most comic possibilities was that of the innocent, young heroine who considered sex an unnecessary distraction, but then found herself in one sexy situation after another. The challenge I gave to myself was to create fascinating characters in every situation, with Stacee Pockett being the most fascinating.
Why comic erotica?
I've loved writing humor for years and have always wanted my novel-writing efforts to lean toward the comic. As for erotica, two reasons: One, because erotica is popular right now. Two, because I find erotica in a humorous vein to be erotic in and of itself. Yes, I enjoy the steamy, serious side of the genre, but when you have similar scenes in a funny, crazy setting, that's even more of a turn-on. I'm hoping there's an audience out there who agrees with me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a couple of mentors who have had considerable success with indie publishing of ebooks. One of them is the author C.S. Fuqua, whose recent novel is "Big Daddy's Fast-Past Gadget." They showed me the ropes and guided me through the process, and really motivated me to devote my efforts toward the indie realm.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm going to take the liberty of changing up the question a little bit. I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I remember the first story that had an impact on me. It was David Line's "Soldier and Me," first published in 1966. (A Google search to verify the author and pub. date tells me that in the UK the book is known as "Run For Your Life" and was made into a TV series there.) I remember being floored by the book because it was a serious thriller written for kids. Before then I had been reading Nancy Drews and Hardy Boys (both hand-me-downs) and books about happy-go-lucky kids with madcap schemes. "Soldier and Me" was the first book that took my breath away and made me contemplate, even as a youngster, the possibilities of pushing the boundaries of a genre. And it seriously helped to cement my ambition to be a fiction writer someday.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember the very first story, because back in elementary school, inspired by books I checked out of the library, I would write little scenes and stories, usually with my crude illustrations. There were so many of these. But in middle school I wrote a "book" (I thought I had written a book, but basically I just filled a spiral notebook with my scribbles; I think, by word count, it would wind up being a short story, a novella at best) about a female middle school student who overcomes obstacles, defeats the bullies and grows up to become governor of her state. Who knows, I might revisit that one (only funnier and sexier).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm inspired to get out of bed each day by the anticipation of spending the day getting to know my new characters. Also, it's just the goose-bumpy feeling of getting to live in my new world and my new career. I spent a long time as a journalist, and while that was an exciting and an important profession, I'm ready now to spend time as a storyteller and, I hope, as somewhat of a comedian (on paper, that is).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
This is an interesting question, because when it comes to music, for instance, I'm not very social. That is, I don't spend a lot of time on music services looking at what other folks are listening to. I like to discover new music on my own. When it comes to new ebooks, however, I like to hang out at the book blogs and review sites and in social media and see what others are reading. Another way I discover new books is to check out sites like Variety.com and HollywoodReporter.com and see what books are being made into movies. In fact, I read a blurb on "Gone Girl" becoming a movie before "Gone Girl" had even made it onto the bestseller lists, so I immediately went and found it. (Also, I try never to watch a movie before reading the book on which it's based.)
What is your writing process?
I outline, but only in the vaguest of forms. I've attempted more detailed, structured outlines, but I never keep to them. (It's like having a set of blueprints but deciding, on the fly, that the foyer should be round and not rectangular, and just going ahead and building it that way.) I just figure out how the protagonist is going to get from point A to point B and then start writing. But characters and circumstances often dictate another direction. For instance, "The Signatures" began with a different ending because Stacee had a boyfriend who was a presence throughout the book. Then I decided to dump the boyfriend and things came together rather nicely. On the nuts-and-bolts side, I like to write in Google Docs, because it's the best cross-platform system I've found (I do a lot of writing on my phone), and then I transfer it to Scrivener for final edits and compilation.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my iPhone 6S Plus. Nice, big screen that is just right for my various reading apps (I think I have them all), including my comic book apps.
Not every encounter in "The Signatures" ends with sex. Why was that?
Let me start by saying that every encounter in "The Signatures" relates to some sort of fetishistic obsession of mine. For instance, I was going to do a strip poker scene, because of the gambling aspect, which is rather exciting to me, but it turned into the three-card monte, lost-bet scene. There's also spanking, soaking-wet sex, danger sex, girl-on-girl, limo sex and aphrodisiac sex. The encounter without sex involves another fetish of mine, male-vs.-female, in this case wrestling and boxing. Both are huge turn-ons, so I wanted Stacee to be involved in each. So even though there are encounters without sex, they're all hot (if I do say so myself).
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another erotic comedy, called "Brain Trust." Like "The Signatures," it features another spunky, eager young heroine, but one not so innocent and sweet as Stacee Pockett. I'm not yet ready to go into many specifics, but I'll mention that the protagonist, Bren, will be given an assignment that not only inadvertently leads her into a lot of steamy encounters, but also puts her, and many of the other main characters, into danger. But even with the dangerous elements it still will be funny (fingers crossed) and a lot of fun.
Published 2016-06-12.
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Books by This Author

The Signatures
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,340. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A sweet, innocent, young attorney, Stacee Pockett, who considers sex an unnecessary distraction from the work she loves, is given what appears to be a simple assignment by her boss and idol, the intimidating Greta Gable: Get eight signatures crucial to The Big Case. Accomplishing her task with the decorum demanded by Greta proves difficult for Stacee, especially when her clothes keep coming off.