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Anita Hughes: Why I Write

June 19, 2012 By: larramiefg Category: Books, Guest Posts

[Happy Debut Day to Anita Hughes as her terrific summer novel, Monarch Beach, appears on bookstore shelves and ships from online retailers today!

Although this is the novelist's first published book, Anita admits in today's guest post to making up stories since childhood. Could that explain why she writes?]

Why I Write

As a young girl, I always had a notebook filled with the beginnings of a novel. My favorite part of writing was naming my characters, and then I usually sent them on some Nancy Drew-like adventure. Even at the age of ten, I felt a connection to the characters I had created. I worried about them as they tried to solve some impossible mystery, and missed them when I put the notebook away.

Today, I write for much the same reasons. I have always loved to read. In college I consumed 18th and 19th century British literature, with some French and American writers sprinkled in. As an adult, I read with the same passion and the authors I love cover a wide spectrum. I am only happy if I am reading a good book and have another great book waiting in the wings.

Writing is like reading only better. I invent the characters instead of just reading about them. I put them in the locations I want to go, give them problems I can relate to, and cheer when they succeed. I am happiest when I am sitting at my laptop, making my characters laugh and cry. They often take me in directions that surprise me, and I feel a real loss when I write the final chapter.

The wonderful thing about writing is even after I type ‘The End,’ the story doesn’t leave me. I find myself thinking about my characters, picturing where they live, hearing their conversations. They occupy a special part of my brain and reflecting on them makes my day-to-day life richer.

In many ways, life is about gathering great moments and storing them in our memory. For me, that includes music, movies, books and my own writing. Having an internal world full of these things makes dealing with the external world easier. When the outside world gets tough, I can always sit at my computer and slip into my latest manuscript. When I wish I had a new pair of shoes, I can give my heroine a delicious pair of Christian Loubutrins. When I want to go on vacation, I can send my characters to Capri or Monaco. And if I feel nostalgic for my childhood, I can always have them tackle a Nancy Drew-style mystery.

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Monarch Beach, already selected for Los Angeles Magazine’s The Reading List – June ‘12, has also been chosen for the Los Angeles Times Summer Reading Guide and here’s a synopsis of why:

Monarch Beach is an absorbing debut novel about one woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life—what it means to be loved, betrayed and to love again.

When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kindhearted San Francisco heiress, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuild it. The opportunity falls into her lap when her (very lovable) mother suggests Amanda and her young son, Max, spend the summer with her at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. With the waves right outside her windows and nothing more to worry about than finding the next relaxing thing to do, Amanda should be having the time of her life—and escaping the drama. But instead, she finds herself faced with a kind, older divorcee who showers her with attention… and she discovers that the road to healing is never simple. This is the sometimes funny, sometimes bitter, but always moving story about the mistakes and discoveries a woman makes when her perfect world is turned upside down.

Now Picture the Book:

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TRUTH: Monarch Beach is: !) An adult fairy tale; 2) A refreshing fantasy escape; 3) Deliciously fun; and 4) THE perfect summer read! For Anita Hughes offers a debut that transports the reader to live within a world where — though there may be heartbreak — the luxury of wealth provides the best of distractions. It’s almost a “guilty pleasure,” but somehow the writing reassures that you deserve to getaway on this reading vacation.

Rather than “champagne wishes” experience “butterfly wishes,” the Presidential Suite at the St. Regis Hotel, a lovely wardrobe, a happy young son, and a doting mother. This is all so real that even heartache brought on by a philandering husband and a rebound fling can be forgotten. ;) Really!

Chapter One is available to be read now and Monarch Beach can be read as soon as you wish. Mmmm, enjoy……!

Please visit Anita Hughes’ website, follow her on Twitter, and like her on Facebook.

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away one copy of Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes — in a random drawing — to anyone who leaves a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT tonight! The winner will be notified by email tomorrow.

17 Comments to “Anita Hughes: Why I Write”


  1. Please don’t enter me in the drawing…

    I just wanted to say that I read this one and it was great. You get just what you want in a beach read!

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  2. A perfect summer read for summer.

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  3. Jane Cook says:

    Ahhhh! An escape from reality and pain – what more could you ask for in a summer read??
    Congratulations on your first published book, Anita!

    (Totally off-topic – Larramie, I *love* your anti-spam words! Today is ‘wand’!)

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  4. Margaret says:

    Please count me in! I would love to add this one to my summer reads. I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately.

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Had my eye on this one for a while. Sounds like my kind of read, and that cover is gorgeous!

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  6. Kat Duncan says:

    I’d love to read this book, Summer reads and Christmas reads are my favourite types of reads. Love the cover too, very eye catching.

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  7. gina sandoval says:

    love to read this! sounds great!

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  8. Can’t wait to read this one. Sounds like a perfect summer read!

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  9. Sophie Bristow Harris says:

    I’d love to read this ~ the cover looks really summery and a great read :-)

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  10. Michelle James says:

    I am so excited about this book. It is the perfect beach read! Can’t wait to read it, even if I’m not on a beach.

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  11. Mimi Westbrook says:

    Looks like a great summer read, and I am in need of another one!

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  12. Bridget O'Neill says:

    Looks like a perfect beach read! I would love to win it!

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  13. Eline Tack says:

    Oooooh, I’d love to read (and win, hehe) this book! Looks like a great read :D Thanks for tis giveaway :)

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  14. I would LOVE to read this book! Sounds great!

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  15. Sounds like a terrific book and an author I would like to read!

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  16. I love that line – writing is like reading, only better. More work, but more reward. Great for control freaks too.

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  17. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This piece of
    writing posted at this website is truly good.

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