We are excited to introduce you to local author Rebecca Prenevost.
Tell us about you and what inspired you to write your book series.
I missed the lighthearted, realistic fiction stories I read when I was younger. I used to love the books by Judy Blume and The Baby-Sitters Club series. I wanted to find “mom versions” of these books, but there didn’t seem to be a lot out there. One of my friends is a writer, and she gave me the idea to try writing one. So I did, ended up loving it, and quickly became obsessed with writing podcasts and craft books, workshops, and classes as I tried to learn more and get better.
Tell us all about your book. What can parents expect?
My series follows a mom and her two best mom friends as they struggle to parent their kids through the tween years. The books are light and heart-warming and show how mom friends can lean on each other for advice and support as they parent through things like mean girl drama, crushes, materialism, and cell phones.
What do you love about the Twin Cities? Why is this a great community for local authors?
I love being active outside, and the Twin Cities has many great options. The park systems, bike trails, and lakes are all phenomenal. The Hennepin County Library system also has fantastic programming, including storytimes, author talks, book clubs, and writing groups.
What is the best way for the Minnesota Parent community to support you and your books?
If you’re interested in light and heart-warming stories about mother-daughter relationships, mom friends, and parenting tweens, I’d love it if you’d check out my books. You can get them through the Hennepin Country Library, purchase them locally at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, MN, or order them online from any major book retailers.
How do your books inspire parents and their children?
I hope my stories are like a small community of mom friends but in a book. It can be tricky for moms to talk about some of their parenting dilemmas as their kids get older because they’re either more protective of their kids’ privacy or they lack trusted mom tribes. I’m hoping my books fill that gap by telling stories moms of tweens (or soon-to-be tweens) can relate to, depicting different ways they deal with issues, and providing space to contemplate how they could handle similar situations. Plenty of nonfiction parenting books have great advice, but sometimes it’s helpful to see how these parenting issues play out through more narrative, fictional stories.
Tell us about you! Your family, why you love being a parent. What brings you joy?
I live in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities with my husband and two daughters. I enjoy going on walks with my mom friends, being active outside, and watching my girls’ sports/activities.
Tell us about your favorite places to go with your daughters. Restaurants, road trips, parks, etc.
During the last few years, our family has really enjoyed kayaking on several quieter lakes that are part of the Three Rivers Park system.
Anything else you would like to share?
I never in a million years thought I’d be a writer. I spent nearly 20 years working in data, analytics, and research. It’s never too late to learn something new or shift careers.
Let us know where we can find you!