Authors We Love, Part XXXI: Fred LeBaron Talks About Molly Ringle

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Meet Molly Ringle

Molly Ringle is an author I love, and I’m delighted to introduce you to her and her oeuvre, an eclectic mix of romance and YA, some with a more contemporary feel, and some with a mild paranormal element. Her books are thoughtful and irrepressibly funny, literate and sweetly silly, sexy and all around full of awesome. The first Molly book I read was “Summer Term,” published in 2010, and I found it an irresistibly charming gateway drug to MollyWorld. It’s a campus romance story, with MC Paige, a clever if somewhat emotionally naive grad student who is fighting two forbidden attractions: to her unhappily married PhD adviser, one the one hand, and to her summer student, a movie star who’s returned incognito to his home town college to finish up a few classes. In my review I compared Summer Term to “a lovely German wine – light, sweet but not cloying, with many classic, familiar elements, but still fresh and original … and intoxicating. It’s definitely a Qualitatswein mit Pradikat – a superior wine with special qualities.” Like many Molly novels it has suspenseful and twisty plot elements as well as charming characters and witty sparkling dialog. “What Scotland Taught Me,” is a bit of a coming of age story, about four friends who head to Edinburgh for a “gap” year after graduating high school. It is a masterful showcase for one of Molly’s major gifts, the ability to bring a scene, a city, a campus, even a house, to life with evocative imagery and description. I loved this bit of description of Seattle, Molly’s home town, from “The Ghost Downstairs,” for example: “A fresh September dawn bathed the eastern sky. Lina stumbled along the sidewalk, blinking at buildings and citizens and seagulls. Salmon-colored sunlight gleamed on the cars; roasting coffee filled the salty air with its scent; a beeping bread truck backed up into an alley.” For some reason that just put me totally into the scene – it felt poetic but also real. Which incidentally is actually a pretty good way to describe Molly Ringle’s style in general. Maybe my favorite of Molly’s works, “Relatively Honest,” is the tale of a self-styled love ‘em and leave ‘em lothario, now reduced to stuttering incompetence when he becomes infatuated with the one girl who not only eclipses his attraction to all others, but is beyond the boundaries of those considered relationally appropriate. Funny, tender, and emotional, a lovely reading experience.

Molly’s been writing fiction for over twenty years (yes, she started young!), and in addition to her charming novels, she’s written several hilarious parodies (available at her website), including send ups of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Les Mis. Similarly reflecting her intense devotion to silly humor, she was especially proud to win the grand prize in the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with one (intentionally) terrible sentence, which you can read here: www.bulwer-lytton.com/2010win.html. Her current project is a fresh attempt at the Persephone/Hades situation, which seems fraught with dramatic and smexy potential. Her academic studies include a bachelor of arts in anthropology (University of Oregon, Clark Honors College) and a master of arts in linguistics (University of California, Davis). Molly lives in Seattle with her husband and kids, and worships fragrances and chocolate.

Find more about Molly Ringle here:

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About Fred LeBaron

About Fred LeBaron: I’m a librarian, a reader, a guitar player and trivia nut. Find out more about me by following me on Twitter or at my blog, Still Seeking Allies! Don’t be shy, I’m certainly not! And yes, that is an official Forks HS Spartans t-shirt I am sporting!

 

 

 

2 responses to “Authors We Love, Part XXXI: Fred LeBaron Talks About Molly Ringle

  1. Pingback: Guest Post From Molly Ringle, And Ebook Giveaway | A Life Among The Pages

  2. Thank you Fred & Robert for bringing Molly to my attention 🙂 have read some of her parodies online 🙂 think i’ll go and invest in some of her books.

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