Published by Entangled Teen
If high school has taught mathlete Jade Aaron anything, it’s that nerds never get the guy.
So when rock star Lennon Pryor starts pursuing her, It’s not rocket science. This doesn’t add up.
I mean, sure, he’s hot.
And a god on the guitar…
But he’s also the world’s biggest player. Being with him would be a bigger mistake than 2+2=5.
Until graduation night, when a reckless moment leads to a reckless kiss. And now Jade’s falling for the one guy destined to break her heart.
Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.
What books did you read as a child that inspired you to write?
Thanks so much for having me, BookHounds!
This is such a fun question!
I can remember the first time I recalled a story—it was before I could read. My Nana had these ancient little hardbacks that she had read to my father and uncle, and she would read them to my sister and myself whenever we visited. They ranged from The Runaway Pancake to Tom & Jerry.
The one I asked her to read the most was Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. The stories were so engaging and the imaginative illustrations only further teased my curiosity. I fell in love with the structure of stories, the adventures you could take between the pages. The way the act of reading a story brought the entire family together—how it led to memories exchanged about which were their favorites when they were kids, and so on.
I learned to read on those books, the bindings failing, some of the pages torn from generations of kids playing with them. I can still remember the excitement when visiting, how I’d race to the little wooden bookshelf I felt was just for me. A stack of secret adventures and old friends waiting to be visited.
As I grew older, my love for reading only deepened.
In second grade our teacher set an assignment—she gave us these little blank hardbacks that we were to fill with a story and illustrations. Now, I’m no artist—then or now—but I felt my story about a little girl who finds a bag of magic seeds and grows herself a crop of alien friends was pretty legit. The process of drafting the story three times on paper before transferring it to the hardback, the time spent creating the characters, it thrilled me. I knew then there was nothing else I wanted to do. I would write stories. And that was that.
I focused on that dream the rest of my school career—both high school and college centered around the amazing literary world. And I’ve never stopped learning. That is something else I adore about this business—you never stop improving your craft. You’ve never learned all you need to know to make you a better writer. There is always room for improvement…though, I might amend that JK Rowling is pretty damn close to brilliant J
I’m always awed when I see a book of mine on the shelf. A world I’ve created being enjoyed by the readers kind enough to reach out and tell me. It’s been a lifelong dream, and the readers are the ones who make it all possible. I’ll never stop thanking them.
And, I was lucky in other ways, too. Those ancient books? The ones that sparked the flame of creativity at such a young age? I have them now. Sitting on their own special shelf, a reminder of when and what inspired my passion.
Thank you so much for having me! What were your favorite books as kids?