Does This Pre-Teen Know the Secret to Publishing?

At XOXOAD, we’re always interested in how our authors balance their work and family lives, and today Molly Harper, author of the Half Moon Hollow series of paranormal romances, lifted the veil on her secret: use the kids! But when you have a kid as smart (and smart-alecky) as Molly’s daughter Darcy, that comes with complications of its own…

Darcy is home for the summer. While her brother is participating in a day camp, she has very little planned for the next two months except reading the twelve YA books required to keep her iPad from being confiscated.

This morning, I walked into the living room and dropped a box full of promo items for WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE, manila envelopes, letters and a list of addresses for my street team at her feet. The following conversation ensued:

Darcy: What’s this?

Me: Remember when I said you weren’t going to spend the summer on the couch playing Minecraft? I’m putting you to work. Assemble these promotional packages for my street team. I’ll print out the labels and you can stick them on.

Darcy: Aren’t there laws against this sort of thing?

Me: Only if I let you operate heavy machinery.

Darcy: I was going to ride my bike this morning!

(I pause to observe her empty bowl of cereal and the active game of Minecraft on her iPad.)

Me: Come on, hon, it’s important that you build some work ethic by the time I release you out into the world.

Darcy: Fine, but I’m not signing the letters. You sign your name like a crazy person.

Me: Well, that keeps you from being able to forge it.

Darcy: Why can’t you do this yourself?

Me: I’m writing.

Darcy: You’re not finished with that book, YET?

Me: Shut it.

Darcy: (smirking) I’m just saying, it’s important to build a good work ethic.

Me: I will take the iPad.

Darcy: Ugh.

Me: And make you read grammar textbooks.

Darcy: You are a terrible parent.

Me: Well, when you write your tell-all book about your childhood, you’ll have a better-than-average idea of how to get it published.

Don’t miss Molly’s newest book, WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE, out now! Or if you prefer your paranormal fun in e-format, try her e-novella BIG VAMP ON CAMPUS, currently only $1.99!

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3 comments so far


  1. Oh my goodness. I am at this same stage with Boy Child. I feel your pain Molly, I feel your pain. 😛 Wee One, however, loves helping with whatever packages need to be sent out. I hope she stays that way. 😀

  2. Molly you are not alone in the battle with the teens! When I get home from work the house is a mess and my daughters are in the same spot they were in the day before. We have to hang in there =)

  3. vmcbooks

    I love this! I always helped out my Mom, but I use to be threatened to have my TV taken away if I didn’t read a certain amount of books over the summer. So Darcy…I feel you. Hang in there. I promise that all the lessons your Mom is trying to teach you will pay off. 🙂

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