Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Today, I'm delighted to host Julia Dorning, the heroine of Becky Monson's bestselling Chick Lit novel, Thirty-Two Going on Spinster, here on Books by Banister. I feel like Julia and I are pals since I just spent a few days in her head while I was reading 32GoS, so I had a few questions for her. Non-spoilery ones, of course, because I wouldn't want to ruin the book for anyone. Read on to learn some fun tidbits about Julia and her life and be sure to grab a copy of Thirty-Two Going on Spinster, which has 100 5-star reviews on Amazon!

And when you're done here, hop on over to Becky's blog to read her interview with the heroine from my book, In Need of Therapy!

1) What would you say are your best qualities? And your worst?

Oh wow. Best qualities. Um… I keep thinking of possible good qualities and then think no, that actually falls under my worst qualities. Like my work ethic, or my determination, or my ability to procrastinate on just about anything. I guess for my best quality, I would say my listening skills. I’m a good listener. Maybe. Hopefully. 

2) Do you have any guilty pleasures?  

Oh yes! All things that fit under the “dessert” category, and Grey’s Anatomy. Okay, and sometimes a good smut novel. But don’t tell my mom I said that. 

3) What’s your life motto? 

I would like to say something like “If at first you don’t succeed, try again”, but really it’s more like: “Why do it today, when it can be put off until tomorrow?” 

4) Describe your dream man.

My dream guy would have to be funny, patient (to deal with me), handsome – like Ryan Reynolds handsome. Actually, I could have said Ryan Reynolds and just summed it up with that. I heart him. 

5) Favorite curse word? 

Probably “crap”… but in truth, it’s the S word. But don’t tell my mom I said that. 

6) On which reality show would you excel and on which would you fail miserably?  

I would love to be on Cupcake Wars. But I would probably fail miserably. I know I would fail at Survivor. I mean, how would I survive without chocolate for that long? Or running water… or electricity… Just, no.

7) Are you a dog or a cat person?  

Cat… of course. It goes along with my whole trailer-park-muumuu-wearing future.

8) Worst date you ever had – give us all the gory details!

It’s been a looooooong time since my last date. But that happened to also be my worst date. It was in college… so ten years ago. Yikes. That sucks to admit. Anyway, I went on a date with this guy named Michael and the whole time we were out, he kept hitting on our waitress, which was horribly awkward. In the end, he actually asked her for her number. She gave it to him. So I guess it wasn’t that awkward for her. I picked a real winner there, didn’t I? 

9) Your life story is being turned into a movie. Who should play the role of Julia Dorning?  

That’s a toughie… maybe Keri Russell? I always liked that show Felicity, until she cut her hair off. Then I didn’t like it so much. So Keri Russell with long hair. 

10) You just won a million dollars in the lottery. How would you spend it?  

Oh, on so many things! Travel would be on top of my list. I haven’t ventured out much. I would totally love to go to Paris and just eat pastries. That would be amazing. I’d also probably buy myself a place to live. My parents would appreciate that.

Author Bio:  

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.

Book blurb: 

Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her career, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.

With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?

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