Interview with Molly Tullis (@thebibliophileblode)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Growing up, I knew that I wanted to write a book. I remember scribbling in composition notebooks and writing fantasy novels in my bedroom. With the rise of options in publishing now available to authors today, I created such a great community on Instagram that it inspired me to post my debut work via KDP as an indie author. It was a terrifying thing to jump into – but luckily, it was a success!
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I had a fantastic opportunity to do some exciting collaborations with the launch of my first book. One of them was partnering with Full Moon Creations to create a line of candles inspired by the main characters of ‘The Romanov Oracle.’ That made a massive difference in celebrating and marketing the book’s release, which made it that much more memorable.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Give yourself grace. You need to know yourself well enough to know when you need to push through and when you need to give yourself a break, especially with creative projects; you must take breaks and let the creative juices flow.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I’m so grateful to many people who helped bring this debut novel to life. Two of whom would be my fellow author and friend, Amy Kuivalanien, who was always ready to lend advice and her experience to the process – which was invaluable for someone new. The second of these would be my podcast co-host and friend, Alyssa Welt, who helped me with brainstorming and all of the emotional support every time I got nervous about the publication date (which was a lot).
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
The number one thing that I try to promote to my audience and my readers is the importance of mental health. I was diagnosed with ADHD while working on my first novel, which had a significant impact on my creative process and life. I try to be very authentic and vulnerable on my public channels and encourage people to seek answers and help their mental health. Every time I get a message that someone was inspired or motivated to start therapy or try something new for their mental health because of me, it makes me smile.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
One of my favorite quotes is “I love you because the whole universe conspired to help me find you” from The Alchemist. While it’s about a love interest in the story, I think it applies to all things in life. I love the items I create because the whole universe helps bring them to life.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
@thebibliophileblonde on IG!
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
My debut novel, “The Romanov Oracle” (a #1 Historical Fantasy), is out now and available on Amazon.