Happy Valentine's Day!!
What a great day to GET LOST IN A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE!
Today, I'm thrilled to be hosting RITA ® Award winning contemporary romance author, Molly O'Keefe, who just happens to be, not only one of my valued critique partners, but also one of my closest friends. In addition to her RITA® win, she's also won two RT Reviewers' Choice Awards as well as numerous other accolades. She's has 18 novels published by Harlequin and two fabulous longer romances coming out from Bantam Dell in 2012.
Molly O'Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.
She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn't looked back. She loves exploring every character's road towards happily ever after.
Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she's not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.
His Wife For One NightFebruary 2011
Until that one night…
A sexy interlude with Mia makes Jack rethink their relationship…and their future. But all his plans grind to a halt when she asks for a divorce. Once upon a time, Jack might have agreed. But now that he knows the chemistry they share, he's not giving up a second chance to be with his wife.
And now, let's get to know Molly!
Maureen: What’s your favorite holiday?
Molly: I practically grew up in a Norman Rockwell painting - I come from a small town, had a great childhood, two loving parents. And a fantastic extended family. All those things seem most special as I get older on Thanksgiving. I get to go home, take my kids, see friends from High School. My cousins arrive, most of them from far-flung African places, we play bloody games of spoons and my cousin makes a Hello Dolly Pie, and I eat until I can't stand myself - which is a surprising amount. It is without a doubt the best holiday ever.
Maureen: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Molly: Oh, man. My two favorites are Good Will Hunting and Field of Dreams - which makes me sound sort of like I'm a seventy year old man. But, there you have it. I also have a huge soft spot for sports movies and now that I have kids - those Pixar movies are pretty hard to beat. Also, for pure nostalgia and belly laugh pain - A Weekend At Bernie's. When they staple the toupee on? Kills me.
Maureen: Where do you most like to read and how often?
Molly: In my bed and as often as I can.
Maureen: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Molly: The Laura Ingalls Wilder books - Little House on The Prairie. I ADORED those books. However, I remember my mom reading The Little Match Girl story to me when I was a kid - it wasn't until I was in college that I learned the little girl died. My mother changed the ending so that the family the little girl was watching through the window let her in. I feel this is somehow formative but I'm not sure why.
Maureen: What sound or noise do you love?
Molly: Not to sound totally cliché, but when my kid's really start to laugh and can't stop - it's pretty infectious. I also love when my mom answers the phone saying "hi sweetie" Oh! And the ice cream truck on super hot days... mmmm ice cream truck.
Maureen: What’s your favorite kind of cheese?
Molly: One of my favorite things in the world is cheddar cheese, apple and a good salty cracker. But I also love this aged Gouda - Beemster? Something like that, anyway it's got salt crystals in it. So good.
Maureen: What was the first story you remember writing?
Molly: Oh a ridiculous Nancy Drew knock off. But not the old Nancy Drew - the newer Nancy Drew Files which was filled with page long descriptions of what Ned and Nancy were wearing. My mother listened to me read every chapter of that book.
Maureen: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
Molly: That every single email I get from reader is like receiving a letter of validation. Those notes are gold and I couldn't appreciate them more.
Maureen: Is Elvis really dead?
Molly: YES! And did you hear, most of the pain he suffered from was from impacted bowels. Could you imagine?
Maureen: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
Molly: Let Maureen buy me a drink.
Maureen: Which I am ALWAYS glad to do. :) If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and why?
Molly: I would go out West before the Civil War - homesteading. I can come back though, right? I visit for a few weeks and then come home to a shower and some cable television?
Maureen: Sure, you can come back. :) What would I do without you? What do you like on your burger? (and do you take your burger veggie or beefy?)
Molly: One of the best burgers in the world is at The Auld Spot on the Danforth in Toronto. They make their own veggie burger, but then you add cheese and bacon...
Maureen: How convenient that it's only 2 blocks from my house. :) Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
Molly: Oh, what a fun question - for His Wife For One Night - the hero is based loosely on my cousin who is a Hydro engineer and spent a year in the Peace Corp in Uganda. He, and Jack the character he is based on, tell incredible stories. Absolutely I would want them for dinner. Mia - the heroine, needs to be invited to more dinner parties. She's shy and crusty, but her soul needs to hear more stories.
Maureen: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
Molly: I do read reviews and sometimes I'll read something in a review and mull it over for next time, but so often what's one person's awful is another person's amazing. Such is the power of books, a highly personal medium.
Maureen: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Molly: My husband and I are taking our two kids to New Zealand for six weeks in August. Thank You Bantam!!
Maureen: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Molly: Coffee with milk all day long.
Maureen: What does it mean to love someone?
Molly: It means feeling more of everything. More joy, more fear, more disappointment, more bliss.
Maureen: Wow. What a great answer. You should write romance novels! LOL. What’s your favorite kid joke?
Molly: Right now we've got a knock knock joke spree at our house, so I will say any joke that ISN'T a knock knock joke.
Maureen's Gotta Ask, Molly's Gotta Answer
Maureen: Will you share some of your guilty pleasures?
Molly: Guilty Pleasure....brownies. I love brownies. And those old Elizabeth Lowell romances that are so un-PC they're practically a lesson in how not to be treated by a man. But there you have it. Chocolate and alpha-males.
Molly Asks Her Fans:
What's your favorite romance hook? Secret babies? Marriage of Convenience? Sheiks?
TWO random lucky commenter will win a copy of HIS WIFE FOR ONE NIGHT. Because Molly's going to be out of town today, and likely unable to respond to comments or answer questions, we'll give commenters until the end of the day tomorrow (February 15th, 2011) to post their comments!
Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. If an electronic Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.
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Make sure to come back tomorrow when Heather hosts the fabulous Elizabeth Hoyt.