Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Blogiversary Guest Post: Becky Monson, author of Spinster Series
How I Found Out I Wasn’t Normal
By Becky Monson
People sometimes ask me how I got into writing. And the truth is, I don’t really know. I know I love to read and when I was in school, I always enjoyed writing essays and those sorts of things. When it came to writing a book though, that was something I’d never set out to do. In fact, if you would have asked my ten-year-old self what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you that I wanted to be a famous singer. I actually did try to be a famous singer, but clearly that never panned out.
One thing that stands out that I used to do is dream. Not the kind of dreams that you have when asleep, the awake kind-of-dreaming. But it wasn’t day-dreaming either. Sometime around the age of ten I started doing this thing where, during the day, an idea would pop into my head that I thought would make a fun story, and I would tuck it away and tell myself that I would put myself to sleep that night making up that story. And that’s what I did. They started out as fun princess stories and things like that, but as I got into my teenage years, they would become more grandiose. Like the most popular boy in school asks me out in a big dramatic way and the most popular girl in school would be so jealous that she would try to fight me, but somehow magically I’d become a ninja, making the most popular boy fall in love with me immediately. You know, totally normal things that normal people think of. Only, just recently, I found out that no, that was not the norm (my BFF kindly pointed this out to me).
So there’s no particular moment in my life when I decided to become a writer, but really a bunch of things that lead up to it. I’m not totally sure, but if I went back and told my ten year old self that I would not be a singer, but rather a writer, I think she’d be happy about that. Well, I hope she would.
Julia Dorning is about to lose it. Between her over-the-top wedding that her sister, Anna, took upon herself to create, and the under-staffed popular bakery that she runs, she can barely find time to breathe.
All Julia ever wanted was a quaint wedding on the beach with family and friends. But now Julia has to contend with not only her sister's plans, but those of her future mother-in-law, as well. Not wanting to step on anyone's toes, especially her mother-in-law's, Julia just goes along with it.
She can only take so much, though, and when her newest employee, Kate, makes things harder at the bakery, Julia has to find a way to simplify her life.
Can she do it or will she end up a basket case? Find out how she does it in this hilarious conclusion to the Spinster series!
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