Today I’m joined by Lorena Bathey, author of Desperate Housewife-esque drama Beatrice Munson, for some insight into what makes her main character tick. And there’s a special offer, too: grab your copy today from Smashwords using coupon code KL68R for a whopping 20% off!
My new novel, Beatrice Munson, takes you into the world of suburbia. Here the women have begun to look like their homes, varying shades of beige. But all that changes with Beatrice’s re-emergence in the neighborhood.
Why Beatrice? People who have read the book or hear about Beatrice simply love her for her grandiose way of living life. She uses all the colors in the crayon box when coloring her world. So when she returns to Vista Heights the women of the neighborhood are not sure what to do with her.
Beatrice’s draw is the fact that she has lived her life on the edge, taking chances, traveling far and wide, and really embracing whatever life has happened to show her. I think this concept is a huge dream for many people. To be able to shed the constraints of what is “accepted” and simply live from the heart seems more fairy tale than real life.
I guess the question that made me want to write this story was: why do we do that? And why do we choose “accepted” vs. “fairy tale”? With this novel I delve into why we make the choices we do and why we accept the outcomes of those choices when they are not the best for us.
In suburbia there is an unwritten law that you do what everyone else does. If you don’t, then you are not really allowed in the strictly guarded world of PTA, scrapbooking, and bunko. While the women living under these rules might not like them, they rarely ever baulk at the structure. Most everyone goes along putting their kids in the acceptable sports and extracurricular events, attends groups they may not even like because they should, and at their heart wish for more.
This was my life. I was Marissa, in that my husband left me and I had to be different in this world. It took time for me to realize that I was ready to meet my inner Beatrice and that is how the book started.
I had already written a memoir, Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother and had embarked on a self-help career teaching women to be their own fairy godmothers when the women of Vista Heights started talking to me.
That is the weird thing about writers, how we get our inspiration may look a lot like crazy. But for me I kept seeing these women, Marissa and then her antithesis in Beatrice, and so I started writing down what I saw. Inspiration comes visually first as I begin to see the scene like a movie in my head. As I watch the show then the dialog opens up and I just write what I see and hear.
Because it’s so visual an experience for me I try to show the reader just what I see. This means I will describe fabrics, colors, tastes, and smells to bring the reader into my mind. Some like this, others don’t.
This book is a satire, I believe, on the “Desperate Housewives” sort of lifestyle only it’s based on the real life that I lived. With Beatrice creating such a buzz and everyone who reads the book wanting to know more, I decided that a newsletter from my website would show you more about Beatrice. Where she traveled, lived, the experiences she had, recipes she shares in the book, and more about the life she lives and the changes she makes in the other women of the book.
This book is fun with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. But mostly I hope this book makes you look at your own life and consider whether you’re like Beatrice yourself.
Here’s a taste of the book:
Lost in this world of suburbia, Marissa Lyons learns her high school nemesis has bought the house right across the street from her. Afraid that her arch enemy, Beatrice Munson, will arrive with Marissa’s high school crush as her husband and cause Marissa to relive the insecurity of high school in her forties she decides to face the music and heads to Beatrice’s house with warm cupcakes. But what Marissa finds is something she never expected.
How will Marissa and the rest of the women of San Martino deal with someone like Beatrice Munson, whose defining moment in her life was to get a boob job or go on a trip to Egypt. This story is about friendship, love, learning to look at things differently, drag queens, Cosmos, cupcakes, and great parties.
Step into the world of Vista Heights where you might recognize the women, or you just might be one of them.
“Thanks for making me cry several times on the plane. Seriously, thank you for writing this great piece of art.” – Jody W
“I rarely cry in movies and here I was crying for the last twenty minutes reading your book. Lorena this is an awesome book so full of underlying messages and lessons.” – Erica E
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Lorena Bathey found after writing her first book that characters were visiting her mind and wouldn’t leave. She was introduced to Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life. After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became.
After meeting the love of her life, they embarked on the thrilling life to follow their dreams bringing their families along for the ride. Today Lorena has nine novels in her writing queue all with screenplays in the works.
But writing isn’t the only muse that inspires Lorena. She has become a passionate photographer and likes to push the envelope taking shots while learning how to navigate Photoshop. Travel, walking, enjoying new restaurants, and Italy are other loves and things she makes sure she has time for.