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.

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't. 

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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