Chick Lit Summer Beach Read: Beth Labonte and Summer At Sea @Beth_Labonte

beth labonte

I welcome fellow chick lit author Beth Labonte to my blog today. Currently working as an Administrative Assistant, Beth has taken to writing as her creative outlet in an excruciatingly mundane corporate world. Beth resides outside of Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband, son, and two cats.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I do most of my editing while I’m writing, which causes me to be an extremely slow writer. On the other hand, it shaves a lot of time off editing my second draft. I wish I was the kind of writer that could just pump out completed novels in six months, but that’s just not my style.

What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write chick lit/romantic comedy, which is what I feel the most comfortable with. I feel like I can completely be myself, offering up my personal sense of humor and observations about life. I love to make people laugh with my writing.

What is your latest book, in the works or just published?
My recently published book is called Summer at Sea. Summer is twenty-six years old, living with her anxiety-ridden parents, and unwillingly booked by her brother on a weeklong cruise to Bermuda. Despite the nightmare of being trapped aboard a cruise ship with Mom and Dad, Summer sees a rare opportunity to fulfill The Prophecy – her mother’s declaration that she will live at home until she gets married. With two thousand passengers onboard, at least one of them must be husband material, right? The only problem is Graham Blenderman – her brother’s best friend who is joining them for the week, in all of his tall, blonde, extroverted glory. Graham doesn’t believe Summer needs a husband in order to break free from her parents. He thinks she just needs a little bit of nerve. And to Summer’s introverted horror, he’s willing to spend the entire week proving that he’s right.

What inspired your latest release?
Believe it or not, I too have over-protective, anxiety-ridden parents, just like Summer, and I’ve always struggled with the thought of what I missed out on when I was younger because I was so worried about what my parents would think. Having Summer work through this same struggle, and do some things that I never had the guts to do myself, was quite cathartic.

What else have you written already?
I wrote What Stays in Vegas – a chick lit novel about a bored administrative assistant transferred to the Las Vegas branch of her office. If the next question is – do you live vicariously through your characters? – then yes, clearly I do.

Have you had other careers before becoming a writer?

Yes, I’ve been an administrative assistant for the past ten years, and a paralegal prior to that.

Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?
I’ve been in administrative careers for the past fifteen years. I spent most of that time trying to think up a more enjoyable career for myself. I loved writing funny stories as a kid, so eventually I started getting up early in the morning to work on a book, and found that it was much easier to get out of bed to write than it had been to get out of bed for work. So, what started out as a fun side project has turned into the thing I’d been looking for all those years.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?
As much as I like to write chick lit, it’s not my favorite genre to read. P.G. Wodehouse is my favorite author, but I also like Doug Adams, John Green, Agatha Christie, Tolkien, and anything involving time travel. When I’m writing, I like to read Sophie Kinsella. In my opinion, she is the funniest chick lit writer out there, and her books help get me into the romantic comedy mood.

What’s your favorite film of all times? Favorite book?
My favorite movie of all time is Clerks, and I am yet to find another female who shares my love for that movie. It’s so vulgar, but in such a brilliant way. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye, followed very closely by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

What might we be surprised to know about you?
I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who. I didn’t start watching until just a few years ago, but the mix of time travel and British humor was love at first sight for me. Similar to Clerks, I’ve yet to find another human female with the same interest. Honestly, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

For more about Beth Labonte, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Four jackets of varying weights, enough socks for the entire Confederate Army, three umbrellas, most of the antacid aisle from the local pharmacy, and six pairs of old people sneakers that all look exactly the same. Have you ever helped your parents pack for a weeklong cruise? No? I didn’t think so. So shut it.

So begins vacation for Summer Hartwell – twenty-six years old, living with her anxiety-ridden parents, and unwillingly booked by her brother on a weeklong cruise to Bermuda. Despite the nightmare of being trapped aboard a cruise ship with Mom and Dad, Summer sees a rare opportunity to fulfill The Prophecy – her mother’s declaration that she will live at home until she gets married. With two thousand passengers onboard, at least one of them must be husband material, right?

The only problem is Graham Blenderman – her brother’s best friend who is joining them for the week, in all of his tall, blonde, extroverted glory. Graham doesn’t believe Summer needs a husband in order to break free from her parents. He thinks she just needs a little bit of nerve. And to Summer’s introverted horror, he’s willing to spend the entire week proving that he’s right.

Buy on Amazon

Send My Free Storybook Valley Welcome Kit

Get a sneak peek into Stacy's romantic comedy series set at a theme park. Includes sample chapters, princess tips, interviews, and more. You will also be subscribed to the Staycation newsletter, filled with book news, surprise bonus content, and perks for readers.

Powered by ConvertKit
Stacy Juba's Characters At A Crossroads Blog

Stacy Juba