The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is the author of the novels “The Mailbox,” “She Makes It Look Easy,” “The Guest Book” and “The Wishing Tree.”
She also serves as director of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women’s fiction.
Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She’s always at work on her next novel. You can find her online at www.marybethwhalen.com.
I am the wife of Curt and mother to six first, a writer second. I am a North Carolina native and live in the same small town I grew up in. My novels are The Mailbox (2010), She Makes It Look Easy (2011), The Guest Book (2012), The Wishing Tree (2013). I hope to write more novels in the future and keep writing them until I am too old to do so. We have a Shih-Tzu puppy named Salem who has a lot of personality packed into her little body. Her name means “peace” but that is a misnomer because she loves to stir up trouble
I love cooking, journaling, reading and (most of the time) running. Other than my family and writing, I spend my time promoting other writers’ work over at She Reads www.shereads.org. I believe that story is the shortest distance to the human heart. I also believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
If you weren’t a writer you’d be…?
I’d go back to school and train to be a pastry chef. Or a lawyer. Maybe a decorator. This is why I’m a writer, I get to write about all of these things and vicariously do them all!
What’s on your DVR? Old movies. And by old I mean movies made in the 80’s and 90’s, because apparently that’s old now. Not sure how that happened. Where do you waste time online when you’re not writing? Pinterest. It brings out my inner pastry chef. And decorator. And inspires general craftiness that I don’t normally possess. I also tape Pioneer Woman’s Food Network show and watch it with my kids each week.
What talent do you wish you had? Dancing. The other day I was dancing in the car and caught my daughter staring at me with a look that was a mixture of pity and disgust. When I caught her she said, “Let’s just say I’m glad you don’t ever have reason to dance in public.”
What talent would people be surprised to discover you have? I can launch spit bubbles off my tongue. (Important to note that I get that same look from that same daughter when she catches me doing this.)
Biggest lie you’ve ever told? “It doesn’t matter that I missed that birth control pill. I probably can’t have kids.” (To be fair, I didn’t know I was lying. I had always been told that, because of my medical history, I probably couldn’t have kids. “They” were wrong.)