Please welcome Molly Harper back to the blog! Her new book, HOW TO RUN WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF just came out, and she stopped by to answer a few of my questions about it, and more!
Welcome back to the blog, Molly! Will you tell us about HOW TO RUN WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF?
Anna Moder has left her position as the Graham pack’s human doctor. She’s on the run across Alaska from an abusive ex-husband and crosses paths with Caleb, a Graham cousin she’s never met. As her ex circles closer, Anna must decide whether to return to the pack and make her stand or keep running without her lone wolf paramour.
What do you like most about Anna and Caleb, and why do you think readers will love them?
Anna is a problem solver. Because of her history, she is always two steps ahead of the people around her, including Caleb. While this tendency allows her to help Caleb in his dealings as a not-quite-legal bounty hunter, it also drives him crazy as she usually ends up throwing herself into dangerous situations involving boxing strippers and kidney-thieving identical twins. It is a lot of fun to watch these two find what they love about each other while negotiating absolutely bizarre situations.
What do you enjoy most about writing the Naked Werewolf series?
The men are furry and hot, the landscape is breathtaking and the women are strong and snarky. But honestly, I enjoy writing the slapstick violence, which kind of makes me sound like a psycho. But I love that I have written about a naked man getting caught in a bear trap, people getting beaned by fire extinguishers, and a researcher getting bit on the butt by his lady love while in wolf form in romance novels!
What was one of your favorite reads of 2013?
I started Nicole Peeler’s Jane True series, which was awesome. Nicole is a friend of mine and I could hear her in Jane’s every snarky, sassy word. Jeanette Battista’s LONG BLACK VEIL was the first YA I’ve read in a while and I could not put it down!
Any New Year’s Resolutions?
I just started Brazilian jiu jitsu lessons a few months ago and I would really like to earn a stripe on my white belt this year. I also have some projects I’d like to complete, but I can’t discuss them, lest publishing ninjas bust into my house and steal my laptop.
What’s one of the most interesting, or important things you’ve learned from being a published author, and what piece of advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
I’ve learned that I need to be more flexible, both at home and in how I approach my work. Publishing is changing so quickly. We’re all going to have to go with the flow, capitalize on changing technology and find ways to get our work to the readers
My advice is simple: writers write. It’s so very easy to get distracted by promotions and web site updates and sales strategies. And signing up for classes, reading books on technique, joining writers’ circles, those are all valid uses of your time. But at the end of the day, what makes you a writer is sitting down and putting words on paper. That’s how your story is built.
What’s next for you?
My next paranormal romance, BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS, comes out in June 2014. It’s about a group of people restoring a Gilded Era mansion on a secluded island and the ghosts who don’t appreciate the wake-up call. It’s my first ever haunted house book and it features not one, but TWO, love stories, which makes me very proud.
For more information about my books, go to www.mollyharper.com.
About HOW TO RUN WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF:
Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger only to discover he’s really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don’t faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she’s known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham—that’s a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.
The problem is—Caleb employs his lupine tracking abilities as a notquite- legal bounty hunter, and Anna is suspicious of both him and his profession. On the run from her past, with old problems closing in, she’d like to stay far, far away from anybody with connections to the law. Caleb, however, seems determined to keep her close. Are his intentions noble, or is he working a more predatory angle?
Anna’s been dreaming of returning to a semi-normal life, but now she’s experiencing a strange new urge . . . to join Caleb in running with the wolves.