Q&A with best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe New book, ‘A Lowcountry Christmas,’ out this week

mary-alice-monroe-2014-for-webMary Alice Monroe believes in the power of stories. The best-selling author writes about our connection to animals from her home on the Isle of Palms. Her latest book, “A Lowcountry Christmas,” will be released Tuesday. It tells the story of a wounded warrior and his younger brother who discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Read more of my interview with the author on the Post and Courier.

The Passions of Author Mary Alice Monroe

ma-monroeMary Alice Monroe always dreamed of writing a novel, but it was difficult to find the time as a busy working mom. Years before she became The New York Times best-selling author of books including “The Beach House” (which is being made into a movie starring Andie MacDowell) and “The Butterfly’s Daughter,” she was living in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters, and pregnant with their third child.

She was teaching English and Japanese and making extra money with various nonfiction writing assignments, but felt the pull of a novel.

During the last trimester of her pregnancy she was put on bed rest. Her husband took the TV out of the bedroom and said, “You’ve always wanted to be a writer, so use this time to write.” Monroe laughs. “That fall I gave birth to a baby and a book!”

To read more of this article go to The Post and Courier.