Molly McAdams Chats About TO THE STARS
February 10, 2016
It's always an exciting time when Molly McAdams has a new book out, so we
were very pleased to be able to talk with her about her latest book: TO THE STARS. So settle
back and enjoy our conversation with Molly. Leave your comments below to be
eligible to win a copy of TO
THE STARS thanks to her publisher.
Harlow is a very misunderstood young woman throughout the book. She
can sometimes appear, on the surface, to be unsympathetic, but she was always
interesting and spunky. How did you find the right balance in creating her and
Well there are so many sides of Harlow that we see throughout the book. In the
past scenes, we see her growing from a 15-year-old girl, to an 18-year-old young
woman. During that time sheâs trying to guard herself from the idea that she
might not ever get to have what Knox is promising her, while falling in love
with him. In the present, we see the broken Harlow that Collin has created: a
young woman who has been so beaten down that sheâs just living to survive and
save her family. It wasnât so much about finding a balance for her, more just
attempting to show the stages in her life accurately, all of which are
drastically different. Hopefully readers will see the stages of her life for
what they are (the ages and how girls of that age can be), and they wonât view
her as âunsympatheticâ, they will just understand that in everything she has had
to guard herself from something.
Knox loves Harlow so much, and his love for her makes the reader
swing to her side, but he can also be naive to her shortcomings. For you, is
love something people need to go into blind or is it important to see all the
shades of someone?
I think love is different for everyone, so I canât answer that in a way that
would be saying this is how it should be. Sometimes you fall in love only
knowing the bare minimum about the other person; sometimes you fall in love
after years of already knowing so much of them. I happened to know I was going
to marry my now-husband the day I met him, and I knew I was in love with him so
so quickly; but my oldest sister didnât fall in love with her now-husband until
they had been best friends for something like six years. For Knox and Harlow,
they fell for each other quickly. Harlow was up front in that she couldnât
promise Knox a summerâbecause at that time in her life, who could? I think she
fell in love with Knox slowly, Knox fell in love hard and fast. But they didnât
need to know everything about each other in order to fall in love. And even
after they bore all years down the road, it didnât change their feelings. They
still felt the same way they had long before.
Knox thrives as the white knight for Harlow, especially when those
around her donât always get why she stays with Collin. Can you talk about the
push and pull of being a savior to those people who donât necessarily want to be
Itâs difficult to help (or sit back and watch) someone who doesnât want to be
saved. Probably the hardest thing when you know even a fraction of what theyâre
going through. But it wasnât that Harlow didnât want to be savedâshe felt like
she couldnât be saved. The lives of her family were at risk, and so she stayed
with Collin for them. Even still, her insistence to stay with Collin (or anyone
in real life that this is happening to, for that matter) is something that
weighed heavily on Knox. Because not only was he the only one who knew about
Collinâs true nature, but he loved her and he felt like he needed to protect
her, and he didnât know how to. I think it said a lot about Knox that he trusted
her enough not to go to the police when she begged him not toâbecause in
Harlowâs case, it would have made her situation so much worse. In everyday life,
we would automatically think that we need to get police, or someone, involved.
But in giving up that means of help for her, it just puts more strain and worry
on Knoxâas you can see in âTo The Starsâ: he starts getting paranoid about every
little thing when it comes to Harlow.
Domestic abuse runs through the veins of TO THE STARS, and fiction
is always a great place to have this discussion. What sort of research did you
do to get the domestic violence in young relationships just right?
Without going into too much detail, Collin was made after someone from my past.
So it was easy to slip into both Harlowâs and Collinâs roles in To The Starsâ;
especially Harlow Brushing off what someone does, blaming yourself for it, then
growing to hate them and be scared of them was something I went throughâthough
not nearly as intense as what Harlow goes through.
What do you hope younger readers of TO THE STARS get out of the
While this story is pretty intense, and is listed for New Adult Romance and
Suspense, I know that there is still a possibility that younger readers will
pick it up. If they do, I hope that they will see the mistakes Harlow made in
the early stages of her relationship with Collinâwhere she brushed off what was
happening with him, or made herself believe that it wasnât happening because she
was in love with him. I hope they understand that they never deserve anything
like thisâor any kind of abuse. Also, if you ever find yourself in that
situation and feel like there is no way out, I promise there is. There are so
many websites, or people just waiting to help you. ncadv.org is one of them. It doesnât matter
how much time you have put in a relationship, or how much you love that person,
there is someone out there who will love you, cherish you, and treat you the way
you are meant to be treated.
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing
state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking,
snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beachâŚwhich roughly translates to
being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.
not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her
laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for
crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter
during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornadoes. That
way she can pretend they aren't really happening.
In the second standalone book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author Molly McAdamsâ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time
love Harlow Evans that theyâre meant to be together.
He promised to
wait for her.
She told him he was wasting his time.
Not waiting for him
ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.
When they were
younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn
eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and
Harlow couldnât ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to
college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but
when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlowâs heart belonged to someone
Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that
fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their
past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes
stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him
into her heartâŚ?
33 comments posted.
Re: Molly McAdams Chats About TO THE STARS
Looks like a book I would be interested in reading
(Flick Ait 2:08pm February 10, 2016)
(Marissa Yip-Young 2:47pm February 10, 2016)
A very informative interview and a fascinating book.
(Sharon Berger 5:46pm February 10, 2016)
I enjoy your books whether they are adult contemporary or
young adult. This one sounds like a perfect mixture.
(Terrill Rosado 10:09pm February 10, 2016)
I believe this will be a great book to read, especially with the topic of
violence, which is often taboo and not really written about openly.
(Lily Shah 1:30pm February 14, 2016)
You are a great author, I can't wait to see how you handles
such a serious topic!
(Tanya Guthrie 3:03pm February 14, 2016)
I always enjoy your books, Molly!
(Laurice McClung 4:00pm February 14, 2016)
This book sounds awesome
(Jeri Dickinson 4:49pm February 14, 2016)
Sounds like a great and interesting book.
(Kelly Powell 5:50pm February 14, 2016)
great book to read
(Ann Unger 9:36pm February 15, 2016)
My reading habit has changed from Horror to Romance.
(Martha Crutchfield 2:40am February 16, 2016)
(Patricia Wagner 11:18am February 16, 2016)
I think it's important to be able to love unconditionally, but to also see the faults of the person that you love. It's one of the hardest things to ever do, but it'll be a better relationship if you can pull it off.
(Jami Birnbaum 10:15am February 18, 2016)
Sounds like a good read.
(Melinda Marks 8:45pm February 18, 2016)
I really want to get my hands on this book. It touches on so
many parts of my own life. Thank you for writing this book
(Candy Voisine 3:06pm February 20, 2016)
Love is loving the person for who he/she is but that the same times, that individual is willing to change for the better.
(Kai Wong 10:02pm February 20, 2016)
It takes both to work at a relationship to make it work . None of us are perfect and sometimes we tend to give up what we really want without a fight . You have to work for what you want , love , money ,a nice house or a new car , you've got to work to get it . If it's an abusive life or whatever ,if you do nothing about it you get nothing in return . I'd love to read this book . Thanks for this chance to win .
(Joan Thrasher 11:20am February 23, 2016)
(Angela Parrish 11:36am February 23, 2016)
Would love to read your book
(Jean Benedict 3:29pm February 23, 2016)
i love the cover and then the book info and i would read and probly not put it down till i am finsiahed
(Desiree Reilly 9:31pm February 23, 2016)
first what catches my eye is the book and then i turn over ands ee who made it and red a the blurb
(Desiree Reilly 8:44pm February 25, 2016)
Thank you for shining a light on a very difficult subject and helping others to see that the answers are not always easy.
(Sharon Mitchell 4:41am February 26, 2016)
Great background on what the story is about.
(Melissa Basnight 3:47pm February 27, 2016)
Thank you so much for sharing your insights!
(Felicia Ciaudelli 2:23pm February 28, 2016)
I would love to read this!
(Cynthia Powers 5:03pm February 28, 2016)
I know I will enjoy this book!
(Connie Saunders 5:24pm February 28, 2016)
I am always looking for new authors to follow and read :)
(Darci Paice 12:26pm February 29, 2016)
This sounds like an interesting and deep book. Thanks for
(Sue Farrell 9:26am February 29, 2016)
Looks like a good read! Thanks for the great contest!
(Nancy Ludvik 9:46am February 29, 2016)
Love your books!
(Brenda Pratt 11:24am February 29, 2016)
I enjoy finding new authors and you are new to me. This book sounds like something I would love to read. Thanks for the chance to win it.
(Anna Speed 11:43am February 29, 2016)
Thanks for the contest. Would love to read this book.
(Alicia Day 3:30pm February 29, 2016)
Very intense relationship, love the name Harlow
(Mary McCoy 4:57pm February 29, 2016)
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