Getting to know Molly Neely #author #paranormal #fantasy #inspirational #historical
While not every author began writing as a child, I’m finding more and more in my weekly interviews did in fact begin writing at a very young age. My guest today, Molly Neely, is my newest find, but let’s have her share her background after a quick peek at her credentials.
Molly Neely is the author of the Paranormal novel The Sand Dweller (Black Opal Books) as well as its sequel, The Orcus Child, to be released in 2020. Molly is a contributor to the Fall into Fantasy anthology, 2017 & 2019, (Cloaked Press) and her short story, “An Heirloom Spirit,” is in the collection CEA Greatest Anthology Written, which is a contender for a Guinness Book of World Records title.
Molly’s poetry can be found in anthologies from Z Press, Literary Alchemy, and Animal Heart Press.
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Betty: When did you become a writer?
Molly: I think I’ve always been a writer. Even as a child I loved to make up stories, play pretend that I was someone else, etc. I first put pen to paper in elementary school, and from that point on I was either buried in writing or buried in reading.
Betty: How long did you work on your writing skills before you became published?
Molly: I took a few online courses before I was comfortable with writing anything serious. After 2ish years of that, I felt like it was time to take a deep breath and jump into the writing community. I queried my first novel for around a year and a half before it was picked up for publication.
Betty: What authors or stories do you feel influenced your writing style?
Molly: I think the online courses had more influence than anything else. I originally wanted to write for children, so my training revolved around telling a lot of story, with few words. When I ultimately chose to write adult novels, that economic writing style carried over. My stories move quickly because of it.
Betty: What prompted you to start writing?
Molly: When you can’t find the story you want to read, it’s time to write one. That definitely was the case with me.
Betty: What type of writing did you start with?
Molly: Y/A which quickly feathered out into several areas.
Betty: What do you most enjoy writing? Why?
Molly: I turn to different things for different needs. If I’m blocked up, I turn to poetry. If I’m feeling salty, I write dark, longer pieces of fiction. If I see or hear a funny story, I try to incorporate it into a younger piece.
Betty: How did you learn to write? A mentor, classes, conferences, craft books, or something else?
Molly: I took online classes, but I also plunged into conferences and workshops. There’s a ton of learning opportunity in them.
Betty: What do you wish you knew before you started writing/publishing?
Molly: That I was going to need a lot of patience and that not everyone thinks what you’ve written is gold. You have to be willing to make changes to what you’ve written and you have to be willing to face constructive criticism.
Betty: What other authors inspired you (either directly or through their writing) to try your hand at writing?
Molly: I love James Owens. His Dragons series has been a huge inspiration for me.
Betty: What inspired you to write the book you’re sharing with us today?
Molly: The Sand Dweller is close to my heart for many reasons. It was an opportunity to share my faith, as well as a way to express my lifelong love affair with ancient folklore. The book gave me a platform to showcase both in the same space.
In the ancient mountains of the Sinai desert, a child is born. The half-demon son of the devil’s greatest general, Malachi grows up with one foot in the human world and one in the darkest pits of Hell itself. Soon, a power struggle will force him to choose. Will he claim the dark heritage promised to him by Lucifer? Or will he learn firsthand just how far evil will go to destroy mankind?
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I love the combination of genres in your stories, Molly. Thanks for stopping in for a chat about your inspiration and experience!
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