Viviana, Enchantress of Books and I are super excited to have Molly Harper back for our 2nd Annual Audio Book Lovin’ series. I have listened to all of Molly’s books on audio. Not only does she write some of the funniest, snarkiest and witty books I have ever read her narrators is amazing too (watch for Amanda Ronconi’s post coming soon).
Molly Harper can you please share with us your thoughts on your books being turned into audiobooks.
Molly: There’s very little I don’t love about having my books converted to audio. One of the first things I asked my agent when we sold NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS was, “Do you think we could sell it as audio book!?”
And Audible found the perfect narrator in Amanda Ronconi. She has just the right ear for my snark and sarcasm. And her mother comes from Kentucky, so her accent is very accurate. There are little bits that she makes funnier than I could with her intonation and pauses.
Listening to my own books on audio allows me to experience them for the “first time” all over again. I can take myself out of the reading process and instead of worrying about chapter length and semicolons, I focus on the story.
The only negative thing about audio books is that they let you hear all of the flaws in your writing. You realize how many times you use the word “shrugged.” You hear the awkward spots in your dialogue and realize “ah! I could have done this or that better.”
But it’s worth it when I get messages from people who tell me I make their commute tolerable or that they practically fell off their treadmill laughing at something I wrote. It is my goal in life to make public transportation as uncomfortable as possible.
Did you miss last years interview with Molly and Amanda? Check it out HERE
Let’s listen to a sample from NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS.
Let’s learn a little more about Molly
When Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.
When Molly was considerably older, she headed for Western Kentucky University, where she majored in print journalism. After graduation, she landed a job with The Paducah Sun and married her high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. After six years at the newspaper, Molly took a more family-friendly secretarial position at a local church office.
Her husband worked nights and Molly was alone with their small child in the “The Apartment of Lost Souls.” A big fan of vampire movies and TV shows, she decided to write a vampire romance novel. Molly created Jane Jameson, a bit of an accidental loser. Jane is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. She has become a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that she’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. Jane drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. The three-book Jane Jameson series–which includes Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs,Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever—was released in 2009. A fourth and final installment, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, was released in 2012.
Molly continues stories in the Jane Jameson universe through her Half-Moon Hollow series,Driving Mr. Dead, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, Undead Sublet, and A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses. Undead Sublet is a short story in The Undead in My Bed anthology. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses will be released in June 2013. A special free audio holiday novella, I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas, was released in December 2013.
Molly will update her popular Naked Werewolf romance series in 2013. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, was released in February 2011, quickly followed by The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf. A third installment, How to Run With a Naked Werewolf, will be released in December 2013. Her first-ever “haunted house story,” Better Homes and Hauntings, will be released in June 2014.
Molly will launch her first-ever contemporary romance series with My Bluegrass Baby in December 2012. Rhythm and Bluegrass was released in October 2013.
Molly’s books are published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. They are available in print, as e-books and audio books at major book stores and on Amazon. Molly is a native of Kentucky. She lives in Paducah with her husband and children.