Monday, October 25, 2010

Ten Questions with Molly Roe

My guest today is Molly Roe, author of the YA historical fiction Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires.  This is the first book in a trilogy of historical novels.  These novels are loosely based on the lives of the strong women who came before her.

Molly Roe is the pen name of Mary Garrity Slaby.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, John.  They have two grown children.

1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm a juinor high teacher and serial hobbyist.  I enjoy reading and writing, of course, but also gardening, crafts, genealogy research, traveling, and decorating.  My husband and I are empty nesters, but we spend a lot of time visiting our two grown kids.  My son lives in Philadelphia, and my daughter lives in State College, PA.  We're all Penn State fans and go to many games during the football season.

2. Describe your desk/workspace.

I work in the sunroom of my house, a small room off the kitchen.  It's a bit cramped, but I love being in touch with the outside world without the inconveniences of wind and rain.  There's a bird feeder in the window and lots of animal activity in the yard.  With all the windows, it gets chilly in the winter so I huddle up with a blanket and small heater.

3. What are you currently reading?

I'm reading Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy.  I've anxiously awaited it's arrival since pre-ordering it in April.  Unfortunately it was delivered during the busiest week of the year; the first week of school and the day before my daughter's bridal shower.  I loved The Hunger Games so I'm dying to find out what's in store for Katniss, Gale, and Peeta.

4. Do you have a favorite quote?

I'm a passionate advocate of lifelong learning, so I've adopted Richard Henry Dana's quote: "He who dares to teach must never cease to learn" as my e-mail signature.

5. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don't know if it's that quirky, but I generaly write at night.  I begin writing around 10 - 11 pm.  I got in the habit years ago, when my kids were young, and I knew I'd have uninterrupted time once they were in bed.

6. Do you write full time or part time?

My full time job is teaching, and that keeps me extremely busy during the school year.  I get more writing and research accomplished during the summer.  This past summer was not good writing time though; my daughter is getting married and we were planning the wedding and shower.

7. What marketing strategies do you have for Call me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires?

My approach to marketing is keeping the book in the public eye through book signings and appearances at local history/literature festivals.  I'll be reading for the second year at the Scranton Book Festival at Courthouse Square this month.  Also, since the book has an Irish connection, I also check in with Irish import shops to see if they are interested in carrying the book.

8. Could you share a little about any current writing projects?

My WIP is Sarah's Story: The Curse on the Molly Maguires.  It's a follow-up to my first novel.  In it, Kate McCafferty's sister finishes school and goes to the town of Centralia to work as the nanny for the mine superintendent's children.  The Molly Maguires are supposedly involved in area crimes, and Sarah lands in the middle of the controversy.  Centralia is the town that has been virtually erased as the result of a devastating mine fire that started in 1962.  I'm connected to the town through my paternal grandparents who were Centralia natives and are buried in St. Ignatius cemetary there.  It's very eerie to visit a cemetary where smoke wisps out of the ground amidst the headstones!

9. What would be the best way for readers to contact you?

I love to hear from readers!  My e-mail address is  Readers can also check out my publisher's website for any appearances I'll be making in the future:

10. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I'd like to tell aspiring authors that it's never too late to start writing; just don't put it off too long.  I wish I'd started sooner!

Molly, I look forward to reading your second book in the trilogy.  It sounds very interesting.  I'd like to thank you for stopping by and answering some questions.  I hope that everyone who stops by finds the interview as interesting as I did.



Tribute Books said...

Susanne - what a great interview with Molly. Thanks for hosting her on your blog.

I love that Molly's reading the "Hunger Games" series. I'm on wait list at the library for "Mockingjay" and can't wait to delve into it.

Plus writing in a sunroom to be closer to the outside world is something I can relate to. My computer desk is placed right by the window. You certainly never get tired of observing the antics of the squirrels, birds, cats, etc.

Thanks again for supporting 'Call Me Kate.'

Best wishes,
Tribute Books

Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss susanne and miss molly! i liked that interview lots. im a night writer too but not cause of kids but cause of kits. thats the baby raccoons i feed. i sit at the kitchen table and i got the door open and hand out cookies while im writing my wip. that call me kate book sounds pretty neat and the second one too. could it be for my age or just for ya.
...hugs from lenny

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Nicole, thanks for stopping by and checking out the interview.

Janet Johnson said...

They sounds like interesting books! Great interview. :)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Lenny, thanks for stopping by and checking out the interview with Molly Roe.

I'm sorry I didn't answer your comment sooner. I had to sign off line unexpectedly. Now I'm back.

Depending on where you look online or who you talk to, the ages for YA can be somewhat different. It can be from about 12-18 years old, but then it can also be from 14-21 years old.

The main character in "Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires" main character is 14 years old.

Perhaps talk to your family and see what they think. Show them the book review, check out Tribute Books website, and I think you will then have a better idea if this would be a book to read now or wait a little while.

Hope that helps!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Janet. Your comment came in about the same time I was leaving one for Lenny.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the interview. Have a great week!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great interview, Ladies!

Jackee said...

Great interview, Susanne and Molly. Thank you!

And smoke from the ground in a cemetary? Creepy!!

From one serial hobbyist to another, thanks for sharing. :o)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Sharon! Hi Jackee! Glad you both enjoyed the interview with Molly Roe.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Corey Schwartz said...

Great interview!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Corey! Thanks for stopping by to check out the interview with Molly Roe.

Have a great week!

Virginia S Grenier said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Virginia. Thanks for stopping by to check out the interview. Have a great week!

storyqueen said...

I read about this book on another website. I am even more excited for it now!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Great interview! always nice meeting new authors!

I admire Molly's ability to write so late! I'm usually ready for bed at 8PM! LOL

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Shelley! Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by to check out the interview with Molly Roe.

I've been known to fall asleep at 8pm many a nights, lol. Especially if I'm trying to watch a movie.


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