Bienvenue Press would like to welcome Molly Zenk to our company/family! Molly was the winner of our Halloween short story contest last year. We look forward to working with her and sharing her books with you. Today, she stops by the front porch to share a little about herself.
Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I used to teach high school English and creative writing, but now stay home full time with my kids. I still keep in contact with a lot of my former students. They’re adults now. It’s fun, but a little strange, to see them grow up, get married, and have families of their own.
What made you want to become a writer?
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. I always said “I want to be a teacher and a writer.” I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do both.
Music or silence? If music, what do you normally listen to?
I need some sort of background noise. Sometimes I have the tv on, but I focus better with music. I like creating playlists with songs that relate to the characters or themes of the manuscript.
What is your book about?
It’s a romantic comedy about a girl (Glynnis) with really bad luck with blind dates and dating in general, and the geeky guy (Corin) with a crush on her. Glynnis’s best friend thinks she should hold out for someone flashy and exciting, like a romance novel alpha male. Corin is unassuming and as far as you can get from an alpha male. He’s a good guy, though, which Glynnis is very drawn to.
What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
Sometimes I have really vivid dreams where I wake up and write down notes. For my historical fiction, they’re set in time periods and events I have an interest in. I’m very visual. When I write, I see and hear everything in my head and transcribe it. Sometimes I talk out loud when I write – especially the dialogue – to make sure I ‘hear’ it just right.
What do you love most about the writing process?
Being creative and getting lost in telling someone’s story. It’s also a nice escape from the stresses of normal, every day life.
Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
When my kids are in school, in addition to my own writing, I do freelance ghost writing and write for hire projects. I like freelance because I can always say no to a project if I don’t have the time or don’t like it. I just finished two write for hire projects for a publisher that I’m really excited about. They come out Spring 2019.
Where can we find you online?
I’m most active on Twitter and Facebook. I need to get in the habit of blogging more and start up an author newsletter. Stay tuned for details on that.
MOLLY ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in Tennessee, before finally settling in Colorado. Her publishing credits include Heart’s Affections (2013),Hyperion Keats (2013), Better Date Than Never (2014), 3 Nights In Ibiza (2014), Christmas Kisses anthology (2015),Westward Hearts anthology (2015), Out Of Character (2015),United To Strike: A Novel Of The Delano Grape Workers(2019) and More Precious Than Gold: A Novel Of The California Gold Rush (2019). Molly won the first annual Halloween Flash Fiction contest presented by Bienvenue Press in 2017. She is also the ghost writer for several best-selling Amazon short reads authors Molly is married to a Mathematician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being enough “math” or info about him in her author bio. They live in Arvada, CO with their daughters.
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