Interview with Mollie Moon

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a small town in Germany and grew up playing with fields and a brook in the backyard. When I was little, I had both a stutter and a lisp. Speaking was followed by ridicule, so I retrieved into a quiet, introverted world, and my creativity soared. Art and writing were my friends on long, dark winter days. I had a lot of imagination, too much to my parents' dismay, and everything seemed real to me. I rhymed poems for family birthdays and holidays, and decorated them with my own artwork. As I grew older, I wrote personalized stories to cheer up relatives and friends. And now I love writing novels, dramatizing events and people I have met or imagine.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing frees my spirit. When I grew up, family drama was hidden behind closed doors and sealed lips. I believe that is not unusual in our world, no matter where we grow up. Creating characters and dramatizing situations, allowing the protagonist to grow and learn, feel, explore, laugh and cry, is fun. And to hear that my books inspire and entertain readers, who enjoy the journey and adventure I have created, makes me very happy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I wrote my first teen novel, I approached various publishing houses, but my protagonist was a German girl and nobody wanted to publish books about a German youth. They liked my writing but wanted Asian and Hispanic main characters. That's when I decided to try a different path.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is magical. It is the greatest gift we have. Why waste it, when there is so much we can give back?
What is your writing process?
I write my novels by hand from beginning to end. Often I sit down to meditate but need to get a pen and pad, and end up writing, sometimes an entire chapter in one evening. At other times, things move slowly, but always the writing is inspired and free-flowing, and comes directly from the heart. There is no agenda, no outline, and no template. When I type the hand-written text into my laptop, it's already the first round of editing.
Do you have a theme in your books?
I am the Immigrant Storyteller. Travels for me began at age three and led to Northern Holland, the home of my grandmother, where I learned to swim in the North Sea. Other vacations were spent hiking in the Austrian Alps, exploring Switzerland, Italy and Spain, spending days in Paris and camping with French friends in Southern France, jetting across the Channel to England, and across the Atlantic to the US and South America. So immigration - if not the theme - is at least a sub-theme in my books.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are like family who love me, who encourage me to write more, and challenge me to give more of myself all the time. Fans are like my best friends.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a sequel to Five Wishes.
Do you have a message for your fans?
Enjoy my novels, and let me know what you think. I can be reached at mollie@molliemoon.com or on Facebook (Author Mollie Moon).
Published 2017-01-14.
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Books by This Author

Seaside Daisies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,150. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2018 by Suka Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Coming of age
After escaping her human trafficker, Tío, upon arrival in L.A., Honduran-born Soledad Sanchez finds herself without resources in a foreign land, fully aware that Tío and his men are still looking for her. While dreaming of a life in freedom, the fear of being tracked and found haunts her every step of the way.
Five Wishes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,800. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017 by Suka Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Maria Elena grows up in a violent, poverty-stricken barrio in Honduras. She and her friend Lolita plan an escape to L.A. but they must put their lives into the hands of Tío, a drug lord and human trafficker. In spite of her misgivings, Maria Elena joins Lolita and escapes her futureless life, only to end up in a foreign country alone, hungry, and scared.
Branded by Fate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,980. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2015 by Suka Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Lou van Helden is at the beginning of his attorney career when the Novemvirat appears. They claim he is a Knight of the First Order and must fulfill a promise he made a long time ago. Lou believes they are mistaken, but they keep showing up – inconvenient, relentless, haunting.