Interview Molly Lemmons
1) Tell us a little about what inspired the theme for your new book: The Passing of Paradise.
The many years that I have observed spousal abuse within Christian marriages, I have never seen the problem addressed. It seems to be more wide spread that anyone has ever suspected. I recommend my book to all girls of dating age and their parents. If it could save just one girl from a life of heartache and sadness, it will have served its purpose. The Passing of Paradise is my second book to be published.
2) You’re very active in your community as a guest speaker. With some authors, being a public figure comes hard. Has it always been easy for you?
It has always been unexpected, but it has always been exciting and gives me the confidence I need to continue. No, not always easy, but certainly always fun.
3) At your website there are pictures of you with beautiful big cats. With your manner and dress, you strike me as a Southern Belle, especially holding the parasol. Are you a native of Oklahoma?
We moved to Oklahoma when I was five. I was born in Texas. I love Victorian dress and I love felines of any size. The tiger and leopard pictured on my website live at nearby Tuttle, Oklahoma in a park.
4) Many people tell stories, but don’t think of publishing them. What inspired you to tell the world about your stories?
I recently retired from 22 years with the Mustang, Oklahoma public schools. Through the years, I observed children with broken hearts from broken homes. I began to reflect on the memories of my own childhood, and how blessed I had been. So I told the children my stories on the playground and at lunch--anywhere they wanted to listen. They couldn’t believe that I had the same parents all of my life and that our mother was always home when we five got in from school. I began to write my memories and our local paper published them in a weekly column called, Kind of Heart--the book was a compilation of these stories and as a book, was released for publication in 2000. This was my first book.
Personal memories told of growing up in a long-ago era are necessary to recall our heritage. Stories passed down through families are historical in nature and reveal our identity. Once these stories are lost, a large part of our legacy is gone forever.
5) Was your family supportive of your plan to publish your stories?
The book was a tribute to my dear parents who both lived to see it published. Daddy was blind but the stories were read to him, and often. He would ask, “Who is that feller you talk about?” I would tell him, “You, Daddy!” and he would say, “You make me sound like a saint!” “You were, Daddy, you were!” No doubt. Yes, my family was very supportive and my most vocal fans.
6) Readers love to know: What do you do in your spare time?
I love to swim, swim, swim, and swim some more. I enjoy my six cats more than a person ought to. They bring me great joy, and I have never been without at least two cats at a time since age 3 months. (At age 16, I had 21!) As a little girl, I thought God created cats just for ME!
7) You’ve been a guest speaker in a wide variety of forums and said you have a book for all groups of people. What are your future plans with writing? Do you have more books in queue?
I am working on a sequel to The Passing of Paradise and I have two manuscripts at the publisher (Quality Publishing Co.) with three more in my computer.
8) Where’s the most exciting place you’ve ever been?
I don’t know if it was the “most exciting” place, but it certainly was the most beautiful, and that was Yellowstone National Park. The purple mist color of the mountains, the crystal water, the blue, blue sky and the endless fields of multi-colored wild flowers was a paradise for sure.
9) What are your dreams for the future?
To be a positive, happy, influence on those around me, giving them a sense of what is beautiful, right, and good with the world.