Molly O’Keefe is no stranger when it comes to romance fiction. She has a slew of titles under her belt, and her newest book, Can’t Buy Me Love, kicks off her Crooked Creek series. Molly stopped by the virtual offices to discuss her new book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Molly O’Keefe] Mother of two, wife of one, fast drinker, slow runner, lover of romance in all forms likes sunrises better than sunsets
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Can’t Buy Me Love?
[Molly O’Keefe] Can’t Buy Me Love is about Tara Jean Sweet, a street-smart woman finding the strength to confront her past and Luc Baker, a star NHL player trying to create a future without the sport that defines him. It’s on a ranch. There’s sex and candy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Molly O’Keefe] I live in Toronto Canada which is about as hockey crazy as a town can be. So there is a lot of hockey coverage and in the last few years that has meant a lot of questions about concussions and how the league and the players can limit them. Then, when Sydney Crosby went on hiatus with an unknown return date – well, I got really interested in the idea of a guy at the top of his game who has it all ripped away.
Tara Jean Sweet was my first "bad girl" effort. A hard outer coating, lots of secrets and defenses but inside very very gooey.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Molly O’Keefe] Getting past chapter 12? In my rough drafts, everything goes pear shaped around chapter 12. There was a pretty significant subplot in this book with Luc’s sister – Victoria. She’s the heroine of the next book, but I had to really really drag her along rock bottom in this book and I found walking that line between an interesting character and a doormat – difficult. But I think I got it right and her book – Can’t Hurry Love – is out in July.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Tara Jean?
[Molly O’Keefe] Tough, ballsy, scared
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Luc would never have in his bedroom?
[Molly O’Keefe] Oh man, these are great questions: a television, dirty clothes on the floor, scented candles
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Molly O’Keefe] The music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen – nothing but amazing character after amazing character in those songs. And sex appeal. Let’s not forget the sex appeal.
My Keeper Shelf – the books that have been so good I can’t loan them away – the books I read when I’m sad, or exhausted or worried. The books that started under my bed as a kid and moved with me to college and then across the country and then finally into Canada – if I lost those books I would cry.
Really good television – I never watched much television, but once I had kids and found myself at home in the evening, I got hooked on some great shows. Friday Night Lights, The Wire, The Sopranos, 30 Rock, Shameless – the list goes on.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Molly O’Keefe] coffee, quiet, exercise
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Molly O’Keefe] The Laura Ingalls Wilder books – Little House on the Prairie. They were a gateway drug to LM Montgomery, to Nancy Drew, to romance novels…those books started it all, for sure.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s the last book you read that knocked your socks off?
[Molly O’Keefe] I’ve been on a good roll. I’m a JR Ward fan and I was pretty satisfied with the last installment of the BDB. I read Scorpio Races – an AMAZING YA. Just beautiful in every way. Cecilia Grant’s debut – A Lady Awakened was totally inspiring and exciting. It felt so different in every way. Great books.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Molly O’Keefe] I’ve been spring cleaning my house – so I can safely say I DON’T enjoy that. Reading, of course. The park with my kids. A warm patio with good friends and food and drink…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Molly O’Keefe] My website: www.molly-okeefe.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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