My guest today is Molly Roe, author of the YA historical fiction CallMe 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'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.