Molly Fader discusses her remarkable historical fiction novel, The Sunshine Girls, and collection of Old Hollywood books as captivating as the silver screen.
If you have a nurse in your family, this show is dedicated to you! In today’s episode of Book Gang, we have the pleasure of hosting Molly Fader, an award-winning author who wrote one of my favorite historical fiction novels this year, The Sunshine Girls.
The Sunshine Girls intricately weaves together the themes of three friends navigating nursing school, Hollywood adventures, and the Vietnam War in one delicious soapy escape.
Inspired by Molly’s mother’s nursing career in the 1960s, we delve deeper into the charming friendship story that overlapped with her mother’s, as well as how she wanted to capture the traditional yet, sometimes sexist aspects of nursing school with the contrasting opportunities for independence it offered to women in these careers.
Molly also addresses her unique writing experience under pen names, with over 50 romance novels published. If you are curious about series writing for Harlequin, she explains how this taught her to be a better writer while managing her larger-than-life role as a mom.
If you want to dive deeper into the best Old Hollywood book stack, we have you covered in the second part of our conversation. Molly is a seasoned reader of the golden age of Hollywood. From real-life movie stars to science fiction explorations in the film industry, you will find more than a few movie stars to love in your book stack today.
Today’s BONUS BOOK LIST celebrates our favorite classic Hollywood moments in our fiction and nonfiction stacks, so don’t miss this special list we have crafted for our summer series.
Meet Molly Fader
Molly Fader is the author of The McAvoy Sister’s Book Of Secrets. As Molly O’Keefe, she is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two kids, and a rescue dog.
The Magic of Old Hollywood Books
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2023 MomAdvice Summer Reading Guide
The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader
Elizabeth A. Allen
When I Die I’m Going to Heaven ‘Cause I’ve Spent My Time in Hell by Barbara Kautz
Home Before Morning by Lynda Van Devanter
The Petticoat Kid
Stuntman! by Hal Needham
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
The Greatest Showman
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Amy’s interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid Writes Her Own Hollywood Success Story
Writing Nuanced Queer Protagonists: A Q&A with the Taylor Jenkins Reid
Tab Hunter Confidential by Tab Hunter
Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? by Crystal Smith Paul
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Interview: How Jess Walter Became a Bestselling Author
The Zero by Jess Walter
Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
Interview with an Author: Nghi Vo
The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore
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