Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author Spotlight: Q & A with Molly Harper

I’m sure all of you have followed this blog for a while are familiar with my Coastal Magic Convention. For those who aren’t familiar, here’s a brief introduction…

CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Today, one of our Featured Bloggers, Carol (Bitten By Books reviewer, DragonCon Urban Fantasy Track Director) is sharing an interview she did with one of our Featured Authors, Molly Harper about her last release, and a bit about her upcoming book. I’m thankful to each of them for taking time from their busy schedules to make this happen.

mollyaugustYour newest book, Better Homes and Hauntings, focuses on a ghost story and the people drawn into it. What was the impetus for writing the book?

I watched a LOT of Scooby Doo as a kid. And I was always disappointed that just this once, they couldn’t find a real ghost haunting an abandoned candy factory. So this is my love letter to Scooby and Shaggy (and poor underappreciated Velma, whom my Mom insists is my spirit animal). I wanted to write the biggest, scariest ghost story I could manage and I hope the reader enjoys it. The Crane’s Nest is a Gilded Era mansion that never quite made it as a family home as Gerald Whitney, the business tycoon who built it, was accused of murdering his wife shortly after it was completed. The murder mystery and inevitable stories of hauntings and family curses followed the Whitneys throughout the generations. Deacon Whitney, a social media mogul who has managed to rebuild his fortune, wants to restore the house to its former glory and finally put the supernatural rumors about his family to an end.

Which character did you most enjoy writing for the book, and which was the most difficult?

Dotty was a hoot. She’s every crazy impulse I have, without my sense of timidity to slow her down. She says all of the things I think. And Rick, Nina’s ex-boss, was challenging, because I wanted him to be a jerk, without being a moustache-twirling caricature.

Were there challenges in writing a standalone rather than a series installment?Comp_5_rev_night_2

Yes, because I had to wrap everything up in in one story, which is more difficult than I expected!

What are some of your favorite ghost stories in both print and media?

Demons are a Ghoul’s Best Friend by Victoria Laurie, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and An America Haunting, but only because it’s about the Bell Witch. I went to college just a few hours away from the Bell Witch Cave.

Are there any supernatural beings/creatures that you haven’t written about yet but would like to?

I’m leaning towards dragons, but I’m not sure if they would fit into my current series.

Readers have come to expect your trademark humor in your work. How difficult do you find it to create the right balance in a scene or a piece of dialogue?

Not at all. Dialogue is the one thing that comes very easily to me. Plotting and hiding elements of a mystery, that I find very difficult.

Who are some authors whose work you find amusing?

Nicole Peeler, Jaye Wells and Jeanette Battista.

What do you enjoy most about attending conventions?

Meeting people, and not just readers, but other writers. I’m still very much a reader, so when I get to meet Angie Fox or Veronica Roth or someone like that, I still fan girl all over myself.

snow-falling-2What can readers look for next from you?

I will be writing several more spin-offs to the Half-Moon Hollow books. Also, my Half-Moon Hollow Christmas short story, I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS, will be available in ebook on November 3, 2014.


And third book in the Bluegrass contemporary series, SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS, will be released on September 22.

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