Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey

Welcome to Author Lorena Bathey

Growing up in the Bay Area of Northern California, Lorena Bathey attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga graduating with a degree in English. Then she traveled, learned about life, and developed great fodder for a book. Losing her mother to cancer and her own marriage’s demise brought her to find herself. She wrote Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother and found speaking and empowering others was her passion.


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.


If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Mary Magdalene. I would love to hear her side of the story of what really happened.

Favorite places to travel?

I love traveling to Europe. The history and art is amazing. I find wandering around through the back streets and museums truly enlightening. Finding a local eatery and meeting the locals make the experience even sweeter.
What was your favorite children’s book?

There were two that were my ultimate favorites, Ferdinand the Bull and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Engine. Both books I would read over and over again. And when I had my own children I read the books to them.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Write. I know it seems simple but it is the most important thing to do. No matter how whether with pen and paper or on a laptop, put the words down.  And don’t worry about how it reads just get the writing down and let the editing process clean it up.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

What I had this morning. Fried egg, bacon and cheese sandwich on sourdough bread!

Night owl, or early bird?

I am really a night owl but have made myself an early bird so I can get more done.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

I actually have nine novels in my writing queue. My next novel is coming out in November. It’s called The House on Plunkett Street about a girl who has been coasting through her life until she moves into a new apartment and is visited by three women ghosts from three different eras in history. Each of the ghosts show Phoebe something about her life she has been ignoring. And like all my stories there are plenty of twists and turns.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

My mother passed away from cancer at 54 in 2001 and it made a huge impact on me. It made me really look at who I was and what I wanted to be. When my husband left me a couple of years later it just meant that I had the opportunity to be more and so I seized that chance to write about what my change was like. My first book, Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother  was my journey to finding my inner fairy godmother and becoming stronger, smarter, and making this life filled with passion and joy. While writing that book I got the idea for my first novel, Beatrice Munson which was how I began writing novels.

One food you would never eat?

What is your favorite Quote?

“Everything happens for a reason.”
Hidden talent?

Photography. I have become quite good actually and I have become a voracious taker of photographs so I’m not sure it’s so hidden anymore.

Favorite Food?

Chocolate Mousse

Favorite Candy?

Bridge Mix from See’s

How do you react to a bad review?

Of course no one relishes not hearing people love your book but I really do pay attention to what they are saying. I haven’t gotten any bad reviews for Beatrice Munson but I have had some people feel lukewarm about the book and say why.
I find this the best advice I can get because it helps me become a better writer. I take to heart what they say and utilize that in the future writing. So I guess that means there is no real BAD review.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

Two first class tickets to Italy for me and my busband!

Which authors have influence you most how?

I have had a real love affair with Stephen King lately. I was afraid of his books as a kid since his amazing ability to scare you with your own fears made me to scared to fall asleep. But recently I have started reading his other books like, The Stand, Misery, The Green Mile and his recent work, Under the Dome. What I have found is an huge money making author who is humble in his existence while also being a master at character development and plot interaction. I find his work so easy to read but so fascinating in its ability to draw you into his characters and never want to leave.

What do you do in your free time? 

I like to do needlework. I don’t sew clothing or anything, but I love to do cross stitch and needle cross. I am in the process of making a blanket for my granddaughter and then I have two new Christmas stockings to make for the new babies that have joined our family.

What’s your favorite season/weather?

I love Fall. The weather gets cooler and the leaves change and we get rainy days. It’s homey feeling.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

The book is about realizing who you are, who you want to be, and marrying the two together.
Beatrice Munson:

In Vista Heights, the women of the neighborhood have started to look like their homes, varying shades of beige. 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 relieve the insecurity of high school in her her forties, she decides to face the music and head 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, and great parties. Step into the world of Vista Heights where you might not only recognize the women, you might be one of them.

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback copy open to US only
5 Ebook copies open Internationally
Ends 10/23/11

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