Molly and I have been friends for over a decade. We’re both Texans, and I love her writing. When she won the contest and this book was scheduled for publication, she asked me to read it for endorsement. My endorsement is on the front cover of the book.
Welcome back, Molly. God has really been moving in your writing life.
Yes, He has. For one thing, the Lord is teaching me to lean on Him. For example, I am constantly losing things, especially my glasses. After looking and looking, I finally stop and pray, asking for the Lord’s help in finding the lost object. And do you know what? I usually find it within a few seconds—often in the very place I looked previously.
That’s the Lord. When He says “Ask and you shall receive,” He means it.
What do you see on the horizon?
I read a lot of Bible prophecy, and I think
America and Israel are headed for some rough
sailing soon. But as a born-again Christian, I know that the Lord has a place
of safety ready for those who truly follow Him.
As for my writing Gatehaven, the novel we will be talking about today, won the grand prize in a fiction writing contest in 2013 while still a manuscript. So I have high hopes for that book upon publication because Lena Nelson Dooley endorsed it.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I met and married before I finished college. We are still married and have three wonderful sons and six fantastic grandchildren.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Before I started writing I read mostly science fiction. But after I started writing to sell, I read one or two romance novels a week and less science fiction. Now I read mostly what I call “way out” Christian non-fiction which is like science fiction except it is true and biblical. Currently, I am reading a 557 page book titled Ex-Vaticana: Petrus Romanus, Project LUCIFER and the Vatican’s Astonishing Plan for the Arrival of an Alien Savior by Cris Putnam and Thomas Horn.
What are you working on right now?
I am promoting Gatehaven at the moment; so my creative writing is in a safe-box in one corner of my mind, waiting to be opened when the job is done. I have the rights to The Rogue’s Daughter, one of my sort of old Zondvervan novels. The Rogue’s Daughter is a western set on a huge cattle ranch in
South Texas in 1890. I
plan to update it and sell it on Amazon as an e-book, and I already have my new
I love that cover. What outside interests do you have?
I love to read, of course. I am also interested in history, especially the history of my ancestors, and we host a Bible study in our home most weeks. I once loved to travel, but since my husband’s stroke a couple of years ago, we don’t leave the house much anymore. But since I am a novelist, I fly away to exciting places every time I write a book.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
That is an interesting question because I never really thought about that. As I mentioned, I am interested in genealogy, and I discovered that some of my ancestors were French Huguenots. It is not surprising that I set Sanctuary, another of my historical novels, and Gatehaven in
Scotland and England
where my ancestors settled before coming to America.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
That’s easy. I would love to spend an evening with Jesus because he is my Savior, Lord and King.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
My maiden name is Noble and my married name is Bull; so I write under three names, Molly Noble Bull. In hindsight, I wish I was either Molly Noble or Molly Bull. It would take up less space on the cover of a book.
I use both my maiden name and married name in my author name. It does take longer to sign books at an event. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I like to eat, especially sweets and Mexican food, and often overeat. But the Lord seems to be saying Everything in moderation. He also says, if you love me, keep my commandments.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Never give up.
Never give up.
Never give up.
Tell us about the featured book.
Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull
Have you ever known a teenage girl so in love with love and a bad prince charming that she was unable to see her true prince? If so, you should connect with Shannon Aimee as she and Ian Colquhoun battle an evil Frenchman with dark secrets and evil desires. Set in
and England and ending in
the state of South Carolina
in 1784, Gatehaven is a scary Gothic novel with a strong Christian
message that will keep you reading to the last page.
Click below to see and hear the book trailer for Gatehaven.
Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
A country estate in Northern England
Early January 1784
Monsieur Etienne Gabeau wasn’t his real name.
His name was Leon Picard. But Etienne Gabeau was the only name he’d answered to since making
England his home.
He stood at a window in his sitting room, smiling inwardly as he looked out. “The haunting presence that surrounds your mansion always amazes me, my lord.”
The young earl made no reply.
“Christians who read the Bible might say the atmosphere at Gatehaven is quite the devil’s doing. We both know why.” Leon/Etienne’s laugh had mocking overtones. He pulled his dark cape closer to his thin, shriveled body. “It’s a bit chilly tonight. Surely you must have noticed.”
“Of course I noticed.” The earl laughed from across the room. “An icy rain was coming down when I arrived. You might have to put me in a spare bedroom for the night, Monsieur. And why did you mention the Bible? Who among our circle of friends pay any mind to it?”
“A point well taken.” The Frenchman pushed back a curl from his eyes.
His thick mass of dark curly hair had more white strands than black, making
look older than his forty-five years. But twenty years ago, he was called
continued, “to the local villagers your estate is quite mysterious. It reminds
me of structures I saw in France,
growing up. And who can forget the red gate which gave Gatehaven its name?”
“When did you learn of the red gate, Monsieur Gabeau?”
“I learned the secret when your late father was the earl. You were but a boy then.”
Lightning cracked the night sky. Thunder boomed.
“I saw it again, my lord.”
“Really?” The earl’s weak smile indicated that he was mildly interested. “What did you see?”
“Gatehaven…during that flash of lightning.”
Someday I will have Rachel and own Gatehaven as well,
The earl cleared his throat. “I’ve decided not to go to
after all, Monsieur.”
turned around in order to face him. “You must go.” Leon Picard limped to his
high-backed leather chair near the fireplace, tapping his cane on the pine
floor as he went. “You will go.”
“I beg your pardon.”
“I said that you will go.”
Leon hooked his cane on the arm of
his chair. Then he sat down and reached for the portrait on the small table
beside him. “I demand it.” Leon’s
words, spoken with his usual French accent, hung heavy in the air.
The earl didn’t answer.
“Demand?” The muscles around the young earl’s mouth slowly relaxed. “You have crossed the line, sir. Besides, I cannot go to
have pressing business here. However, a French gentleman like you should enjoy
such a journey.” His smile was edged in sarcasm. “Why not go yourself?”
“On these crippled legs? I think not. Besides, she would never receive me.”
“I am sorry. But it would be impossible for me to leave the country at this time.”
“But of course. You know I need money to pay my gambling debts.”
miss the fleeting expression of fear that crossed the younger man’s face. “I
recently bought all your debts. I will destroy them all, but only if you do
exactly what I say. At dawn on the morrow, you will set out for Scotland. And
do dress warmly, my young friend. It will be cold out.”
I’m sure this snippet piqued everyone’s interest. How can readers find you on the Internet?
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