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Terri Molina’s Dark Obsession

Terri Molina

Today Kiss and Thrill welcomes Romance Suspense author Terri Molina!

Terri has penned 3 novels: Her Will His Way,  Forget Me Not and her newest release Dark Obsession. She resides in Arizona (but also calls Houston ‘home’) and is active in RWA chapters in both states.

Sarah: Welcome Terri, we’re glad you stopped by today! Who are your favorite authors? 

TERRI: I love a variety of authors. Those filling my bookshelf right now are, Lee Child, Robert Gregory Browne, Robert Crais, Allison Brennan, Lisa Gardner and Nora Roberts.

 Sarah: When did you start writing?

TERRI: I think I’ve always written, but I didn’t get serious about being published until around 2003, when I finished my first two novels.

 Sarah: How did you know this is what you wanted to do?

TERRI: When I finished the drafts of my first two novels. Haha!  Actually I always wanted to be an actress, but that didn’t quite work out the way I’d hoped. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories so I thought I’d move to that area of entertainment instead.

 Sarah: I don’t know about actress, Terri, but I could see you kicking some a** on Survivor! 🙂 Who is your Personal Hero?

TERRI: I think I’d have to say my daughter Amanda. She’s had to deal with so much in her life–born with Cerebral Palsy, was diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes her junior year of high school and now she’s dealing with other (hopefully minor) illnesses. But she’s never once let it define her. She’s brave and strong and believes strongly in her sense of self. When she wants something, she goes for it and doesn’t think about whether she’ll succeed or not. I wish I had half her strength.

 Sarah: What a wonderful personality! I wish Amanda all the best and attitude is half the battle. Tell us about Dark Obsession! It sounds fabulous!

Ramon (Ray) Chavez, a farmer from the Rio Grande Valley, doesn’t believe in visions or omens or the mysticism of his Mexican/Indian heritage. When he’s awakened by the spirit of this great-grandmother with a message that something is coming, Ray passes it off as a bad dream. But he may just reconsider his position when he finds Lexie Solis stranded on the edge of town, in search of a new life. Ray feels an instant attraction, as well as a connection, to the skittish young woman. But what Lexie doesn’t tell Ray or his family is that she is on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend and he may be more powerful than even she wants to believe.

When Lexie is assaulted by an unseen force, they learn that the man she is hiding from is a master of the dark arts and his obsession with Lexie goes beyond his need to control her; he wants to possess her soul as well. As their past lives parallel, Lexie’s only hope for salvation is in Ray’s hands. But can he accept his destiny in time to save the woman he loves as well as his own life?

TERRI: Dark Obsession is the second novel I wrote and it’s based (very) loosely on an incident I went through in my early twenties.  

Sarah: OH REALLY?! (Furiously rehashing the story to try to figure out the incident!) How and when did you get ‘discovered?’

TERRI: Uh….have I been discovered??  Haha!  I think my first taste of…shall we say ‘vindication’….was back in 2004 when I signed with my first agent. That didn’t quite work out as I’d hoped. Long story short…I wrote a novella for a publishing house (which fell through) and sold it to an online publisher–Cobblestone Press in 2008. A few years later I sold my first novel to another online publisher, Decadent Publishing, and most recently I sold book three–Dark Obsession to Crimson Romance (another online publisher).  See a pattern?

 Sarah: Yeah…it’s called writing and selling…and I’m not at all jealous! 🙂 What’s in your writing future? 

TERRI: I just completed my third full length novel called House of Cards. It’s more or less on submission, so I’ll let you know when that one sells. In my opinion, it’s my best work yet. I’m also at work on a follow-up to Dark Obsession.

 Sarah: Cool! I look forward to hearing more about House of Cards and I’m thrilled to hear there’s a follow-up to Dark Obsession! Name a book that changed your life.

TERRI: It was more an author that changed my life. After I started reading Nora Roberts’ works I began to realize, ‘hey, I can do this too’, so I took the time to learn the craft and business and set to work writing.

 Sarah:  Er…that was my answer too. Wonder how many authors out there pinpoint the great Nora Roberts and how “easy” (snort) she makes it look as their inspiration. What’s your writing habit? (How long each day? Are you a plotter/pantster?)

TERRI: I’m a pantster. I can’t, for the life of me, plot a novel.  My writing days vary, sometimes I’ll write for a few hours, sometimes not at all. I’m very undisciplined. And when I start a new book, I have to have a title first, otherwise I’m lost at where to begin.

 Sarah: Your plots have great suspense–what scares YOU?

TERRI: Hmmm….I would have to say Bugs!  They really creep me out and I hate watching movies or reading stories with bugs! John Saul wrote a book back in the eighties called The Homing….gave me nightmares!

 Sarah: I have to laugh given you live in AZ with scorpions and Black Widows! What food can you never say no to?

TERRI: Chicken!  I love chicken cooked any way you can cook it!

Thanks so much for being here today, Terri. I hope our readers enjoyed getting to know a little more about you and your work. For more information on Terri and her romantic suspense novels:

ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR TERRI?  One lucky winner (chosen on Thursday) will receive an e-copy of her newest release Dark Obsession.

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