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Title: Just A Girl
Author: Becky Monson
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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About The Book
What happens when the right girl and the right guy meet at the wrong time?
One thing that can be said about Quinn Pearson is that she has a knack for doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. Like, the worst time ever. Take her job for instance. One little slip of the tongue using the mother of all swear words while reporting the news, and suddenly she finds herself with over 18 million views on YouTube and her employment in jeopardy. If that wasn’t bad enough, when she meets the man of her dreams, she nearly chokes to death on a powdered sugar donut.
Thankfully for Quinn, the dashing Brit, Henry, finds her near death experience quite charming. But just when Quinn thinks her luck is going to change, she finds out her timing is all wrong again. Henry is off limits. Or is he? Maybe it’s time for Quinn to quit settling for what life hands her. Perhaps it’s time for her to become more than just a girl.
- Tell me a bit about yourself
I live in Utah, in a city south of Salt Lake. I have three children and one husband. My hobbies are reading and finding ways to hide from hubby and children, so I can read. It’s difficult, as they all seem to have a sixth sense and know exactly where I am at all times. It must be the same way they know where to find my chocolate stash. I’ve written eight books and plan to keep on writing as long as I can come up with new ideas and remember how to use a computer.
- Tell me about your current book that you are releasing.
Just a Girl is about Quinn. Quinn works at a television station and due to a big mistake on her part – that went viral on YouTube – she’s struggling at her job. She meets Henry and it seems like her luck is about to change for the better… until she finds out that Henry is not who she thinks he is.
- Can you tell me about the books you have written? Was there one you love writing more than the others?
I have eight books total and, so far, I have only written in the chick lit/romantic comedy genres. I like to tell people that my books won’t change your life or make you a better person, but they will give you an escape.
I’d say the book I loved writing the most was probably Just a Girl. It came at a time in my life when I really needed an escape (ahem, 2020), and it was so much fun to write.
- Are you working on any books/projects currently?
I’m currently writing a book about an accidental text! I’m super excited about this one.
- Who are/is your favourite character/s that you have created? Was this character based on someone you know/knew?
While I’m writing, all my characters become my favourite. So Quinn is currently at the top of my list. Quinn and I think a lot alike. Her insecurities are similar to the ones I had growing up. I’m older and wiser now, but I remember those feelings so well. She’s not based on me, but I definitely get her.
- Do you often hear feedback from your readers? Has there been any feedback that stuck out the most?
I get a lot of feedback from my readers and I appreciate it so much! I recently got a note from someone who had been suffering from some depression and anxiety and she told me that my books helped her get her footing back. I felt so honoured. That is my hope when I write – that I can help people find an escape. So it was wonderful to hear.
- How did you publish your book?
I am what they call hybrid published. I have some books traditionally published, but I am mostly indie. I’m represented by The Rights Factory.
- How did it feel when your first copies of your book came through?
When I held my first book in my hand – Thirty-two Going on Spinster – I teared up a little. I also remember just staring at it and not believing that those were my words in that book. I may or may not have snuggled with it.
- What was the hardest scene that you have had to write?
I’d say one of the hardest scenes was in the second book of my Spinster Series. My main character has to make a hard decision and I kept telling her that she shouldn’t do it, but she did. It was devastating. Yes, I’m aware that I’m talking about my character like she’s a real person. I used to make fun of authors for doing that until I started writing. It’s a real thing! Well, at least for me it is.
- Have you ever had writers block? How did you get past it?
I haven’t experienced true writers block, but I was unable to write for all of 2019. My sweet mama was in the hospital for most of that year and ended up passing away last November. All the heartache and worry made sitting down to write nearly impossible.
- How long does it usually take you to write a book?
About six months from start to finish. Sometimes faster, and sometimes slower. It just depends on the book.
- What is your most productive writing space/area?
I try so hard to make my writing space be at my desk, but it never seems to work that way. Most of my writing happens at my dining room table with noise cancelling earphones on to cancel out all the noise in my house. And with three kids, there is A LOT of noise.
- What was your favourite book growing up?
I have a ton of favourites! But I really got into the Sweet Valley High series. I think they are still writing books in that series, which is crazy!
- Are there any authors you inspired to be like?
Oh, so many. I love Sophie Kinsella’s books. She’s one of my favourites in my same genre. I also love Jennifer Peel! Amy Harmon and Colleen Hoover are fantastic. Neither are in my same genre, but I love their work!
- When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I never set out to write books, actually. I was working in marketing for a construction company, and I had an idea for a book (which became my first book – Thirty-Two Going on Spinster). I was very bored at this job, so I had plenty of time to think about it, but I never really started writing. Then one day, I started. And that was that. I thought I would just write the one book to prove to myself that I could finish something I started (a big problem of mine – not finishing things) and once I finished, ideas just kept coming to me for more books.
- What is your greatest achievement to date?
My babies. I have a fourteen year old girl, a twelve year old boy, and a nine year old girl. They drive me crazy, but they are the best things in my life.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to read. I’m mostly into audiobooks these days because I can listen while driving my children around, or fold laundry, or clean the kitchen, etc. I also love to watch movies and go out with my friends.
- Do you have any tips for authors that are just starting out in their writing journey?
Write the book! Don’t worry about anything else. Just write. And then once you’re done, ask other authors what to do next. We love to help. There is room at the table for all of us in this industry – it’s not a competition.
- Is there anything you’d like to add?
Thanks for the interview!
About The Author
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning author, 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.
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