Readers here read my friend Molly MacRae’s funny posts on the first Monday of each month and know she and I vehemently disagree over the value of prunes in recipes. Molly inspires kids to read at the Champaign Public Library when she is not writing more of her smart Haunted Yarn Shop titles. Dyeing Wishes is out now and is the second in the series. She’s busy writing the next title in the series, but she agreed to answer my questions for the celebration of my new teen mystery, Taking the High Ground, as one of the folks who inspire me as an author and a person.-AA
When did you first feel like an author?
Molly: Not until I’d sold my fifth or sixth story to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. I had to get past the worry I was a flash-in-the-pan.
Amy: Which of your works was easiest to write and why?
Molly: None of it has been particularly easy. A lot of writing and rewriting goes into all of it.
Amy: What do you love to do when you are not writing?
Molly: Cook, work crossword puzzles, read.
Amy: What are you reading?
Molly: Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, and Hauntings edited by Michael Pye and Kirsten Dalley. (Checking to see what people believe and picking up a little ghost lore.)
Amy: What are you working on now?
Molly: The fourth book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries (still mulling the title.)