Monique is a happily married mom of 12 kids and Grandmama to a sweet little girl. She has written several books, though only three are published. Her passions include her kids, writing, scrapbooking, and causes which empower kids. Monique appreciates a kind word, a good joke, the occasional power nap, good chocolate, and hopes to brighten her corner of the world with a good story.
Hello, Monique. Trouble Blows West was written for young adults. Please tell us about your novel.
This sounds like a wonderful story for children to read. Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
My husband and I fostered 120 kids over 12 years and have some experience with child abuse. I wrote the Ginnie series to empower kids and adults on all sides of the child abuse issue: victims, abusers, and those wanting to help both.
Tenacious as a bulldog, Ginnie is a spunky kid who isn’t afraid to try new things or stand up for the people she cares about. She doesn’t always think before she acts, but she is loyal to friends and family … and those who need a friend. She is courageous, impulsive, and a lot of fun.
The first book in this series is called The Secret Sisters Club. What is it about?
What does your family think about your writing?
My husband is my biggest fan. My nine-year-old loves Ginnie and Tillie. My children who are bookworms think it’s kind of cool that I write. When I recently introduced some of my children to Kevin J Anderson and his wife, Rebecca Moesta—they were impressed by the wide variety of fantasy and sci-fi books they had written. Being an author got elevated some that day. It was fun to see my kids get excited about meeting real authors and in turn, they are more supportive of my writing as well.
That’s wonderful. Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.
On September 11, 2001, I scheduled an induction so that I could give birth to my 9th child, who also happened to be my 11th pregnancy. My husband worked a lot and I wanted to make sure he could attend the birth. I fully expected to be able to tell the tale of having a “9-1-1 baby”, having no idea that the events of the day would change my son’s status as a “9-1-1 baby” forever to a “September 11th baby.”
While I would change what happened that day if I could, I wouldn’t change my son’s birthday. I consider his birth one of the many miracles that happened on that eventful day. I have collected many stories of strangers helping one another, and of kindnesses rendered within the depths of such horrific tragedy, that Sept 11, 2001 is a day I recall as a day that has re-awakened the intrinsic goodness of most people, as they looked past differences to help one another reconnect as brothers and sisters in humanity.
Thank you so much, Monique. I have learned a lot about you and that makes this interview so much fun. Thanks for sharing your life with us.