Mary 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!”
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