Absolutely. First, I wasn’t raised by my biological mother (was raised by my paternal grandparents) so I could relate to the “motherless mother” anxiety Taylor feels in the book. Like most moms, every topic covered in the book was something I had to make a decision on – from daycare to working to breastfeeding to the nursery to how it changed every waking minute of my day. I used personal experiences from all three pregnancies, including hypnobirthing.
2. Do you have any advice for first time mothers? Or any fun/interesting stories?
I know it’s hard, but try to relax and enjoy the journey. The “annoyances” like rhinitis and heartburn and physical discomfort are quickly usurped by the annoyances of having no sleep and feeling like a zombie. Wait. That wasn’t very reassuring was it? Okay, try again. All the discomforts are worth it to share your life with your little bundle of joy. (Is that better?)
3. When did you know writing was for you?
4. How would you describe your books?
6. What are your favorite genres to read?
7. What do you want readers to take away from your story?
8. What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you as an author?
9. How important do you think social media is for authors these days?
It depends. Jonathon Franzen says Twitter is irritating and that serious readers and authors don’t like to “yak about themselves.” But for most of us (as a reader and as an author) I think it’s about tapping into a conversation and finding news, entertainment and connection in a way that’s fun and easy. I like it. Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram/blogging is a way for people to find you and connect, not a way for you to talk about yourself all the time. I enjoy building community (as I’ve done with Book End Babes.com and Stork Reality Book.com so that’s why it matters to me. I’ve met amazing people and learned amazing things with social media, so I’m a fan.
10. What would be your advice to aspiring writers?
Write a lot. Revise a lot. Get constructive feedback. Don’t give up.
Thank you Malena for your wonderful advice for writers (and soon-to-be-mothers)! Please check out Malena’s latest below: