Monday, June 28, 2010

Marybeth Whalen's "The Mailbox"


We're happy to have Marybeth Whalen with us today talking about her book, The Mailbox. To learn more about Marybeth and her book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
The story came through my personal interaction with the real mailbox that sits on Sunset Beach NC. I have been visiting for years and one day I realized what a unique premise it would make for a novel. I began to structure a love story around it.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I started writing the book in August of 08, wrote til April of 09. My agent submitted it in July of 09 and I had a contract by August of 09-- so it was a fast process! The book came out June 1, 2010, not even 2 years after I began writing it!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I have 6 children. I have always lived in the town I was born in. I don't eat cheese. At all.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
There's some discussion about a sequel to The Mailbox-- we'll see if that happens. I just turned in my second novel and it's slated to come out next June.

5) Parting comments?
I feel very blessed to be living my dream of becoming a novelist. If you have a dream, I urge you to chase after it, no matter how far away it seems!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?

37 comments:

  1. I met Marybeth at a WDW Mom blogger weekend in 2008. She struck me as a gracious and inspirational mother. I would love to win a copy of her new book! Congrats Marybeth!!

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  2. Would love to win this! Thanks.

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  3. I want to win the book! Looks soooo good and right now (husband unemployed) do not have the funds to buy! Love you Marybeth!

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  4. I'd love a copy. I've heard so many good things about it and I want to know for myself what the buzz is all about!

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  5. MaryBeth-this sounds like such a wonderful book. As a NC native I'm really intrigued!

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  6. Forgot to leave my email
    bethsportsmomma@yahoo.com

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  7. A love story centered around a mailbox sounds ver intriguing. Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  8. The book sounds like a great and necessary read for me. After She Speaks last year and For the Write Reason, I heart you! Please enter me to win your new book.
    Lisa
    lwms93@gmail.com

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  9. I am eager to read this book - premise sounds so interesting!

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  10. Marybeth, you are the second person I know of who doesn't ever eat any cheese. The other is my sister. I would like to win your book.
    Kaye Whitney
    kayewhitney@bellsouth.net

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  11. I loved this little article. So excited that Marybeth is living her dream! I'd love a copy for my beach vacation read!
    Alyce
    bassfmly@gmail.com

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  12. I love reading Marybeth's devotions on P31 and I have heard great reviews of this one. Sign me up please!

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. this book is on my wishlist...thanks for the opportunity to read it :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  14. The Mailbox sounds so touching, I love that it a real place too. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. I would enjoy this book.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  16. I am so eager to read this book. Heard a lot about it. Thanks for the interview....
    Heidi

    heidijohnjeff@verizon.net

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  17. I'm a follower and email subscriber, and would love a chance to win! Thanks!

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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  18. I'd love to read this book. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you! I enjoyed the interview and getting to know MaryBeth.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  19. please include me in the book drawing. Thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  20. Please enter me! i've had this book on my to-be-read list since I first saw it. :)

    booklovercb[at]yahoo.com

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  21. I am very much looking forward to reading this book- I've heard some great things about it!

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  22. This book is what we are reading for next months book club. It looks so wonderful.

    ~Steph
    soklad@hotmail.com

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  23. I would like to win this book. Thanks for the chance! I'm an e-mail subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  24. Thank you for taking the time for the interview. I've read good things about the book and would love to read it. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings to you both ~

    Beverly
    bgrider2@cox.net

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  25. This book sounds great.
    csdsksds[at]gmail[dot]com

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  26. I have lost so many people in my lifetime. My mother and father when I was a teenager, one nephew with a brain tumor, another nephew through drowning. Then the love of my life, my husband, nine years ago. Writing through a journal and writing short stories and above all, just putting my feelings on paper has helped, especially with God's help.
    rbooth43(at)yahoo.com
    I would love to win this book and thank you for this interview.

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  27. I am now a subscriber and follower of this blog.
    God Bless You!
    rbooth43(at)yahoo.com

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  28. I've read several great reviews of The Mailbox and would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  29. I would love to read Marybeth's book. I have subcribed to your blog too :)

    My email is thegrossmans@carolina.rr.com

    Thank you so much, Caroline

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  30. Thanks to all of you who entered for a chance to win. I hope you will pick up a copy and I hope you enjoy reading it. It's been a labor of love and it's exciting to see people actually wanting to read it!!

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  31. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win it! Marissa

    smrogi at yahoo dot com

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  32. Marybeth is such an awesome God's-gal and I'd absolutely LOVE to read her debut into fiction. If I win, please send to WillisWay (at) aol (dot) com.

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  33. Interesting premise. A book revolving around the mailbox. It sounds like it should be really good.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. Would love to read this book-even better if I would win it!

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  35. it looks like an interesting read! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  36. I would love to win this book!

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