Name: Molly Looby
Username: Molly Looby
Location: Essex, United Kingdom
At what age did you start writing?
I started writing when I was fourteen for the simple reason that I was bored out of my mind and the internet was down. I’ve never been more glad of boredom in my life.
What inspires you to start writing?
Everything and anything. A song. A sentence. People on the streets. My family and friends. My own feelings. Books. Films. A place I’ve been. An object I’ve seen. A notion. An idea.
Which of your works are you the most proud of?
I’m proud of each of my novels for different reasons.
‘Mattie’ which is my novel-lenghted Twilight fanfiction is oddly a beautiful little book. I found out from writing it that I knew more than I thought I did about writing a book even though I’d never done it before.
The trilogy I wrote (which isn’t on Movellas) taught me that I can do anything I set out to do at whatever age as I finished the entire trilogy before my eighteenth birthday.
‘ZA’ was the zombie book I always wanted to write and my first NaNoWriMo win! I couldn’t believe I could write so fast and with so much passion.
But ‘Just a Pair of Abominations’ and ‘I Dare You’ are my proudest works (both NaNoWriMo novels again). I just poured my soul into writing them and it shows.
Which of your characters is your favourite, and why?
This is a really difficult question . . . I love Leanne in ‘I Dare You’ because she asks why. I love Lucien in ‘I Dare You’ because he’s so real to me. I love Ash in ‘Just a Pair of Abominations’ because she only listens to her heart. I love Cerulean in ‘Just a Pair of Abominations’ because he tries and fails to let his head rule over his heart.
I love them all really. But I also love my bad guys. The bad guys get a special place in my heart.
Where do you like to write?
On my laptop at my kitchen table. On the sofa. At my desk. Occasionally scribbling in a notebook if I’m out of the house. I take a notebook and a pen everywhere. You never know when inspiration is going to strike.
When do you like to write?
First thing in the morning and last thing at night. As well as when I’m supposed to be doing something else.
How do you beat writer’s block?
It’s not the best advice, but, just forcing myself. I sit down and make myself write. Whatever it is that I write in this frame of mind is just awful, but that’s not the point. It shoos writer’s block away and brings me to a place in my writing I love which makes it easy again.
If I can’t write whatever it is that I’m halfway through I’ll start a short story or just write with no direction in a very random way. I just need a push. Once I’m tapping away at the keys again the biggest task is dragging me away.
Do you consider writing to be a serious career choice?
Of course. That’s my career choice. I’m not making any money out of it now (Unless you count about £2 every three months as making money) but I have every confidence that I will. If you keep writing you keep getting better. And if you start young you’re more likely to get to a place where your writing is good enough to sell.
I know it seems impossible to write for a living but I was always taught to not just dream but to go out and make my dreams happen. That’s just what I’m doing.
What advice would you give to a first-time writer?
Read everything you get your hands on. Decide what you love and hate about books. Be critical of famous writers and their decisions.
Write as much as possible. Write something you think is awful. Write something you love. Write something as fast as you can and don’t look back. Write slow and careful. Write stories and blogs and poems. Write in different genres. Try first person and third person and past tense and present tense.
You can’t know what you’re good at writing until you’ve tried everything.
And then once you know, write and write and write. But never stop trying new things. Even if it’s dreadful, you’ll learn from it. Writing is a craft that you never stop learning.
More important than all of that is believe in yourself and never give up. Don’t listen to those who don’t believe you can do it. You can.
Never stop writing.
Who is your favourite author, and why?
There isn’t just one.
Carrie Ryan wrote about what she loved even though people warned her not to (that thing was zombies by the way).
Patrick Ness tells a story more perfectly than I can even fathom.
J.K. Rowling created an entire universe that I could live in.
Michael Grant’s imagination is fifteen times the size of an average man’s.
John Green is an impossibly beautiful writer.
What books would recommend above all others?
I’ll try and be obscure and not choose what you’d expect. (But of course I love Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.)
Before I Die – Jenny Downham
Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
Eve and Adam – Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness
More Than This – Patrick Ness
Delirium – Lauren Oliver
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places – Carrie Ryan
The Dustlands Trilogy – Moira Young