Becky Monson: My writing career started when I was working in an office and I was basically the only person there. It was incredibly boring. So I decided I was going to write a book. That was long before Thirty-Two Going on Spinster came out and what the story started as, is not what it became. I wrote the story over many years, stopping to have a baby and then picking it up again. It wasn’t until I heard about a friend who was self-publishing and doing fabulously that I decided to really finish it. It’s been a crazy and fun rollercoaster ride over this past year and a half. I’ve loved it!
b2b: What was your favorite book as a child?
BM: I would have to say Charlotte’s Web. I really adored that book. Still do.
b2b: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?
BM: I can read Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella over and over again and never get sick of it. Also the Harry Potter series.
b2b: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?
BM: I used to love reading the classics, but it’s been a while. I’ve never read Gone With the Wind. I know, I’m ashamed. It’s on my to-read list, though! So hopefully soon!
b2b: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?
BM: Oh my gosh – have you read any of Penny Reid’s books? If you haven’t, go get them now. She is so fantastic. Smart, witty, romantic. Anytime I read her books I think, dang it! Why can’t I write like her? I tell her that I want to be like her when I grow up, only I’m five years older. She’s an author to watch, for sure.
b2b: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish it is made?
BM: Well, I would love to see Thirty-Two Going on Spinster made into a movie! I think it would be so fun! A book that was made into a movie that I loved was Austenland by Shannon Hale. It was almost better than the book… almost.
b2b: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
BM: Chick lit, of course! It’s by far my favorite genre. I love that it’s an escape and usually a happy one.
b2b: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?
BM: The last book that made me laugh out loud was Jayne Denker’s Picture This, which is a super cute book. The last book I read that made me cry was I’m Still Here by Kathryn Biel. Such a fantastic read.
b2b: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?
BM: I stay inside. Mostly because my kiddos are scared of thunder and lightning. And although he won’t admit it, my husband is too.
b2b: Flannels or Silk?
BM: Flannels. I like the comfort feeling of it.
b2b: Sports car or SUV?
BM: Well since I’m a mom of three, I can only choose the SUV. I don’t know if I would drive a sports car even after my children grow up. My husband, on the other hand…
b2b: Cats or Dogs?
BM: Cats. But my husband is allergic so we can’t have any animals, which is okay with three young kids – I don’t need to add to the chaos. But when they are older and more responsible, I think it will be sad for them.
b2b: Champagne or Beer?
b2b: Movies or TV?
BM: I used to love TV, but the more I write, the less I watch. I do love going to the movies with my husband, that’s kind of our thing. Unless it’s a chick flick, then he’s out and I so I go with my girlfriends.
b2b: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?
BM: The only show I make time to watch is Downton Abbey. I avoided it for a while, but then my husband got me the first three seasons last Christmas and I watched them all in just over a week. I ignored everything! Such a great show, though. As far as movies go, my all-time favorite when I was younger was The Goonies. It actually still might be my favorite.
b2b: Becky, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with your novels.
BM: Thanks for having me! xoxo