18 May 2015


Author Interview / Andrew Joyce

It’s 1861 and the Civil War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her family’s farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause enter her life. One of them—a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn—ends up saving her virtue, if not her life.

Molly is so enamored with Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not so nice.

We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-six. Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her.

Molly Lee is the sequel to the best-selling novel REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. It is the story of a woman who knows what she wants and starts out to get it. Molly is about to set off on the quest of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes.

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  1. If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?
John Steinbeck hands down because I believe him to be the greatest writer of all time.
"The afternoon came down as imperceptibly as age comes to a happy man. A little gold entered into the sunlight. The bay became bluer and dimpled with shore-wind ripples. Those lonely fishermen who believe that the fish bite at high tide left their rocks and their places were taken by others, who were convinced that the fish bite at low tide." — John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat
In Grapes of Wrath, he has one long paragraph that is just one sentence. It is beautiful writing. For those of you who are interested, it is the first paragraph of chapter three.

2. What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?
I wake up around 2:00 a.m., then sit down at the computer and go to town. About the time the sun is coming up, I take my dog for his morning walk and shake the cobwebs outta my head. Then I go back to work for another few hours. I live on a boat and that is where I do my writing.

3. What is the hardest part of the writing for you?
Writing is easy; it’s the marketing that’s hard.

4. When and why did you first start writing?
Five years ago, on a bright sunny morning, I threw my TV out the window. Then I sat down at the computer and wrote my first short story—140 short stories and three novels later, here I am. I started writing because I had to.

5. How did you come up with the idea for the book, your book?
My last book was REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. I had just finished reading Huckleberry Finn and was thinking about whatever happened to those two boys. Then I imagined them being twenty-four and took them on up to the age of sixty. My current book, MOLLY LEE, is about a character we briefly met in REDEMPTION. It’s not a sequel. It’s more of a parallel story, but the two stories do cross paths now and then.

6. Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
I have read all my life. But I found that I couldn’t read a book during the writing, editing or marketing process. When I did so, I neglected my work to finish the book; especially if it was a Lee Child or Baldacci novel. However, between writing books, that is all I do, read.

7. Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
READ, READ, READ, and then READ some more and you can’t help but become a better writer. Oh yea . . . and throw your TV out the window.