The latest of my Sunday comics offering in #NuRomantics
Today I have the great honor of interviewing Loren Molloy.
She has written horror and children’s books.
We met at a the bizarre haunted flea market and again at POMYNAUK ACADEMY.
Dab10: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Loren Molloy: I think I was born a writer. I was writing creative stories even as young as first grade. I’ve never stopped.
Dab10: How long does it take you to write a book?
Loren Molloy: Each book takes about 8 months to write.
Dab10: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Loren Molloy: I am the type of person who works best without any restrictions or “has to’s” so there isn’t any kind of actual schedule. Each day I do work on a novel, as well as conducting all the other various forms of business that are essential to being a success indie author.
Dab10: Indie or traditionally published?
Loren Molloy: Indie all the way. I never sent manuscripts in to publishing houses. I knew it wasn’t the way for me. I knew I didn’t want my creations of heart in the deciding hands of another. Indie is the hardest way but for me I’d have it no other way.
Dab10: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Loren Molloy: My ideas for my books pop into my head as completed movies from beginning to end and all I do is translate it into written word. As for information to make each novel more palpable I google all sorts of topics, most are of a violent and gruesome nature as well as very specific details such as dimensions of a room or what a bar looked like in 1697. No matter the topic, doing research in my opinion, is mandatory to making a book truly substantial.
Dab10 : When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Loren Molloy: I was 21 when I wrote my first book, Black Dreams & Shattered Illusions. It was a final project to graducate from college. Amazingly, the professor decided I either publish it and bring it in as proof or he was going to fail me. If I was failed by this one professor, as it happens, I wouldn’t have been allowed to graduate. I would have had to wait a whole extra semester. It also would have been the same professor and he had already let me know it was be the same assignment at the end of that course too. No matter what I had to publish the book to graduate and so I did. So, I always say a big-hearted thank you to Professor Alexander for forcing me to be on the career path I am meant to be on.
Dab10: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Loren Molloy: When I am not writing I enjoy being out in nature, visiting historical places and mansions (I’m a sucker for architecture), watching horror movies as well as animation films, and traveling as a guest from convention to convention all over the country.
Dab10: What does your family think of your writing?
Loren Molloy: Ha! This is an interesting question. My family can’t handle horror at all so no one other than my own mother and one cousin has even read anything I’ve written. They support me in what I do and say it’s what I’m meant to do but they can’t stomach the topic. Most wouldn’t even know the names of any horror movies or stars. I am definitely the ‘odd gal’ out. haahaa!
Dab10: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Loren Molloy: Honestly, I had no idea how many steps are actually involved, how much times is involved, and how much you need to learn about all sorts of common phrases and procedures that must be done, all of which is completely after you finally wrote ‘The End’ to your book. Also I learned that being an indie author isn’t for everyone. Even after you have written your story, there’s all the business aspects that are also constantly needing to be taken care of on a daily basis. Just because you wrote a book doesn’t mean you’re now done. Indie authors have to wear all the hats or hire others which gets expensive. I love it but then I enjoy being a business woman & an author.
Dab10: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
Loren Molloy: I’ve written: Black Dreams & Shattered Illusions, The Very Devil, Herself!, The Storyteller of Pain, and Where did all the dragons go?
Each story is different. It’s impossible for me to have a favorite. Each is a work of heart and I could never pick one over another.
Dab10: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Loren Molloy: Google is your new best friend. Don’t stop pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone and imagination. Think of your book as a movie. Each time you make a character do something or make a certain choice ask yourself… if I was watching this would I yell at the screen in frustration, would I call out or think ‘Seen this before’ or
( ___ ) did this is such-n-such movie. If so, change it! Never be predictable and yet know when not to re-invent something. Once again think if I change this and I watch it as a movie would I yell out, nope can’t happen that way? Most importantly, make sure it’s you who decides when each rule should be applied or denied, it’s your story, make it yours!
Dab10: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Loren Molloy: Yes all the time! It’s truly wonderful. I get told things like I write like a meld of both Clive Barker and V.C. Andrews, which is such a great honor to hear. I also get told to never stop writing books as well as having my readers send me fan mail and gifts. I’m in awe and such immense gratitude to all my readers.
Dab10: Do you like to create books for adults?
Loren Molloy: Yes I really do. No need to hold back in fear of shattering a young mind?ﾟﾘﾉ
Dab10: What do you think makes a good story?
Loren Molloy: It touches your heart. It makes you care about the characters or issues within it. It has a pace that is steady making you not want to put it down and maybe just a touch of creative magic.
Dab10: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Loren Molloy: I was a strange kid. I wanted to be many things at many different ages. I was 7 when I said I wanted to be a prison guard. It wasn’t long after that, that I wanted to be a Marine. By 4th grade I had dreams of becoming an actress and movie creator. In high school and college I wanted to become a forensic psychiatrist and interview serial killers understanding what makes them tick. I might no longer want to be a prison guard but I wrote about a few, I might not want to be a serial killer’s shrink but I’ve written about it. I have managed to make several of my dreams and career goals come true already. I’ve been on TV as well as in a few films and I do have a 10 year plan to direct horror movies that I wrote starting with turning my novels into movies.
Dreams are just goals you have to continue working towards accomplishing!
Twice before I wrote about being inspired by Lindsey Stirling
So today i was trying to write a poem for my wife and thought it worked before
so I went to Lindsey Stirling’s you tube and found
and wrote the following for my wife Tina
Hold on to my heart
From miraculous to mundane
beyond endurance to free of pain
the everyday to the quite insane
I can handle anything
hold on to my heart
I can turn the tides or blow a bubble or two
take the weight of the world or tie a shoe
wait for eternity or just a few
there is nothing I can’t do
hold on to my heart
I could move the world or just the car
learn the tango or look at a star
be the life of the party or tend the bar
sit still for hours or run very far
I will do it all
hold on to my heart
I hope you all enjoyed it and mostly hope Tina enjoyed it 😉
as always thank you for reading
WOW JUST WOW
I wouldn’t normally get a book like this myself
but I won it in a contest so I started reading
(and couldn’t stop)
if you like BDSM, great character development, unknown attractions, and a captivating story line
this will work for you.
Throw in some dark pasts and people learning about themselves and you get one heck of a good story
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven…the primrose path—Shakespeare
William Thorne is a powerful man with dark needs and a troubled past who doesn’t have the time nor the desire for romantic relationships or notions.
Through meticulous planning and iron-clad contracts, Thorne has managed to maintain a modicum of balance, control, and happiness by employing personal assistants to aid him in all aspects of his professional and personal life.
Sex with no strings attached. Obedience without questions. An arrangement of mutual benefit. No mess. No love. No expectations. Nothing beyond a signed contract.
But when Thorne meets recent music grad, Victoria Rose, the shy and beautiful down-on-her-luck waitress, obsession replaces his carefully constructed thinking. He becomes so fixated on having her, without a full understanding of who she is, that he rushes her contract, making mistake after mistake before the ink even dries. His once neat and controlled existence becomes blurred and smudged.
Can the mistakes he makes be erased from Rose’s dark contract? Or will the damage leave an indelible mark that nobody could have seen coming?
R.B. O’Brien has always been drawn to the more taboo side of storytelling, even as a young adult, from hiding books from strict Catholic parents as a teen to getting lost in the erotic sections of bookstores for hours. As a writer, O’Brien explores the darker, erotic nature of relationships, those riddled with the reality of insecurities and human folly, exposing the vulnerability, emotional turmoil, and occasional pain that can come from losing oneself in the heat of passion.
O’Brien holds a degree in English literature and happily resides in the Northeast of the United States. Her first series, the highly acclaimed Natalie’s Edge trilogy, is now available in ebook format and print, the third of which, Redemption, was nominated for the Golden Flogger Award for best BDSM romance. THORNE, O’Brien’s second dark romance suspense series, Rose’s Dark Contract and Rose’s Dark Secret, is also available now in eprint, a tale where things are not what they seem. Expect Book Three December 2016. O’Brien has just released her award-winning series, formerly the Capture of Rosemary, The IMOGEN series.
“To write is to descend, excavate, to go underground.”—Anais Nin
and as always thanks for reading
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May 3 2013
I put 3 short stories up on smashwords getting all three through their meat grinder
one for free and two at ninety nine cents.
I haven’t made it big I wouldn’t even call it medium.
But I made some friends and have some success.
The free one
Has over one hundred and fifty thousand downloads and a rating of 4+ stars over all and is fast on its way to its third year in amazons top 100 in its category.
My psychological short story write in a unique prose.
Had been book of the month and has some great fans.
And last of those first releases
Has some favorable reviews from the boyfriend bookmark and others.
My two release since
Both maintain a spot in the top 100 of their categories.
And my soon to be released
Second in the Karmic series
Here is a bad picture of the cover
Has had some favorable reviews from my bata readers.
It hasn’t been easy, but I would have to say it has been fun.
I thank you all for reading.
BTW that picture of me is more then three years old.
This month my short story e-book
on Amazon here
is they refer to it as filler but it amounts to
short story of the month
on good reads Psychological Thrillers group
the thread is here
and for the first time I am looking deeper about
what I wrote and why
not so deep as the
‘blue jacket symbolize the sea and the red tie the deaths caused by it’
but why this character at this point
and the more I read into what I was thinking
the more I see that I do put a lot of little pieces of me in to my writing
in something bad
it all takes place in his mind when walking
I do some of my best thinking when walking
he loves taking kids trick-or-treating
so do I
a whole bunch of little things
but it is odd for me to think why I wrote it that way
but I have to say I am enjoying it.
So stop by and have a look at what we were talking about
as always thank you for reading