Interview with Molli Moran

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small, Southern town; at times I loved it, and other times, I wanted to escape. I didn't think it would influence my writing at all, but over time, I'd say that I can tell that my upbringing has enabled me to write close-knit families and a realistic Southern setting. I hope it's also made me able to write about love—because love of all kinds is really prevalent in small, familiar towns.
When did you first start writing?
I think I was 12 the first time I began trying to write. Back then, they were short scribblings, but over the next few years I began to write "novels" - looking back, I'd say those were more like novelettes that I thought were these really epic novels. I found a love of reading and writing by my teen years, and neither of those have ever changed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In As You Come Undone, Jenna and Ethan's worlds collide on a steamy beach fling. Jenna is fighting for a divorce from her ex, who won't let go. Because of that, she's reluctant to love again, but Ethan, who rarely lets himself truly want anything or anyone, wants her. And he's hard to resist.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to publish books that I believe in, that I believe can promote messages about love, family, and heart—and I didn't want to wait forever to be able to do that. Also, I enjoy having a high level of control over a lot of aspects of my writing career and to be able to change when I find something that works or that doesn't.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Connecting with my characters and finding out the message of the book I'm writing. Each one is a little different but no less important and getting to THAT moment resonates every time, as I try to imagine who will connect with this book.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Anyone who reads my writing is a superstar in my book. Knowing that someone out there is connecting with my characters and my words means so, so much.
What are you working on next?
I'm always working on something. Right now (summer 2018), I have two different female/female romances that I'm going between and working on. I'm really excited about them both.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Emily Murdoch, Patrick Rothfuss, Terry Brooks, Stephanie Perkins, Suzanne Collins, Victoria Schwab, Richelle Mead, Tahereh Mafi, Robin LaFevers, Kasie West, JK Rowling.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love reading, working out, and long dinners with friends. I read a lot of YA and a lot of Romance, both of which are sort of my happy place. I'm obsessed with music and when I'm cleaning or working out, I always have music playing. My talents include over-analyzing everything (ever) and fangirling over fictional characters (no, not just ones I create).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Black House by Stephen King
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone

I love books that make me feel things and change me in some way, and these books all did that.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly Young Adult books or Romance. I've been really rediscovering my love of reading and it's wonderful to remember how great it feels to get lost in a book.
How do you approach cover design?
For my covers, I work with my amazing cover designer (Maggie Hall of Clementine Designs). I go in with some inspiration pictures and an idea of the "feel" I want my cover to have. Maggie and I search for stock images and narrow down until we find THE picture. Then the fun begins!
Published 2018-08-15.
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Books by This Author

As You Come Undone
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,530. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She's not looking for love and neither is he. But when their words collide, they can't ignore what their hearts want. Jenna Rutledge doesn't have time for any more complications. She's already busy battling for a divorce from her heartless ex and re-opening her small-town library. She absolutely doesn't have time for a fling—unless it's with charming Ethan Walker.
As You Breathe Again
Series: The Walker Boys. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,370. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Delaney Shaw isn't looking for anything complicated. After her teaching career is put on hold, she decides to spend the summer in Georgia with her best friend. Lanie lives for the here and now, and she isn't thinking past the end of the summer. She's never had any problem being unattached, because life is safer that way. Until he decides to change her mind.
As You Turn Away
Series: The Walker Boys, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,350. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Back in the town she once loved, Quinn tries to rebuild the relationships she destroyed when she fled, which may be harder than she realized. And her life gets more complicated when Jonah Walker returns, reminding her of the love she’s never been able to forget. Or experience with anyone else since him.