Molly Harper is celebrating the release of How to Run with a Naked Werewolf and is stopping by Smexy for a chat.
Who is Molly Harper? Give us the low down.
I’m a snarky, Southern girl trying to control all of the pretend people in my head. My family laughs when I get angry at my characters for not doing what I ask them to, or if I go into mourning because I had to kill one of them off. Because, after all, “They’re not real people, Mom.”
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, David, and we have two young children. So much of my storytelling is based on growing up on semi-rural Kentucky. I grew up with these personalities and the somewhat ridiculous situations. I don’t think I could write about normal, non-sarcastic people if I tried.
The publisher suggested a different, more photographic approach. I think it’s really cute.
In How to Run Naked with a Werewolf, Anna is on the run but reluctantly gets stuck with Caleb, a werewolf. Tell us a bit about this story and how it came to be.
Anna Moder is the very human pack doctor for the Graham pack. She took the job to hide out from an abusive ex. When it seems that the ex is close to finding her, she leaves the pack and ends up “on the lam,” running across Alaska. She crosses path with an unfamiliar Graham cousin, Caleb, who makes his living as a not-quite-legal bounty hunter. An exploding car and a gunshot wound throw them together on the road, and they have to dance around the wild attraction growing between. Anna is pretty good at helping Caleb with his job, despite her deep-rooted objections to his tactics. But her ex is circling closer, and Anna has to make a choice whether return to the pack and make her stand, or keep running.
What is your favorite thing about writing a werewolf hero?
It’s going to sound a little weird, but they remind me of my husband. David’s tall, dark and a little furry. Also, he’s an outdoorsy guy who grumbles a lot (particularly in the morning). My husband and I have always shared a weird, possibly inappropriate, sense of humor, and so much of the way my heroes banter with my heroines is rooted on the way we speak to each other. So writing about my werewolf fellas always comes very naturally to me.
What is up next for you?
I’ve written my first ghost story-based paranormal romance, BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS, which will be released in June. I’m really excited about it because it’s definitely very different from my other books in terms of story and settings. And I’m working on another Half-Moon Hollow spin-off story, which centers on Gigi Scanlon. It’s a follow-up to my free Christmas audio novella, I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS, which is available now from Audible.