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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Guest Post: How Sophie-Claire Wright of "One Song Away" Came To Be / @missmolliwrites

I'm so pleased to have an incredibly gifted and beautiful woman on my blog today. I've read two of her stories and I can't wait to read whatever else she plans on publishing. Please say "hi!" to Ms. Molli Moran, author of One Song Away.

Thanks so much, Miriam, for asking me to guest post today. I'm thrilled for the chance to talk a bit about my book, ONE SONG AWAY, and how the main character, Sophie­-Claire Wright evolved.

I got the idea for ONE SONG AWAY while I was writing my first book. The two are totally unrelated, but as I neared publication for my debut, AS YOU TURN AWAY, a new idea took up root in the back of my mind. At first, I thought it was a chick­-lit, but then I realized the character was a bit younger than that, and she was so spunky that I could barely contain all the ideas rushing at me. I didn't have time to start a new book just then, so I told Sophie she'd have to wait a little longer to tell her story. In the meantime, I published my book and started the sequel ­ but there was a problem. A Sophie­-shaped problem.

In the months since I first had the idea for Sophie's book, she'd grown from an idea to a full­-fledged, formed character in my head. Suddenly, I knew who she was (a feisty songwriter prone to moments of awkwardness) as well as the basic trajectory of her story. I even had a working title: SOUTHERN REBEL BELLE, three words that sum up Sophie­-Claire Wright.

So with a deep breath, I sat down at my computer one day with a blank screen and decided to see what Sophie had to say. Truthfully, I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't even sure if I knew how to write the story she had to tell. But she talked and talked, and kept talking. Soon she was falling for the sweetest guy, having adventures, making friends, and trying to figure out what life had in store for her.

I've only had this sort of experience once or twice in my life. Usually I have to take time to get to know my characters, how they talk, how they think, etc. Not with Sophie-­Claire. From page one to the final page, I never had to guess what she'd say or how she would react. Sophie does everything in ONE SONG AWAY with her entire heart. I guess we have that in common. All Sophie knows is to go all in, in every situation, and if she's anything like me, that's our link. We don't stop to think things through, and we definitely don't try to guard our hearts. We just jump, and to borrow a quote, we build our wings on the way down.

I wouldn't have it any other way.


Thank you, Molli, for stopping by. I enjoyed reading Sophie's story, and I'm glad I had the chance to find out how she came to be. I wish you the best as you continue to write, and lots of sales with One Song Away.

Wanna know more about Ms. Moran's latest release One Song Away? Keep reading below and don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Title: One Song Away

Author: Molli Moran

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: December 1, 2014

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees...on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren't really dating. And she didn't count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep...and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song?

Molli is a Southern author who doesn't consider her day complete if she hasn't written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She's a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books, which are usually about quirky characters chasing after their happily ever after. Although content when reading, she can often be found watching and flailing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend. Molli loves Oxford commas, country music, Stefan Salvatore, and scarves.

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