Welcome to Summers in Seaside, a small town located along the Oregon Coast and home of the Seaside Festival. This brand new series of short contemporary romance stories is filled with sun, sand and summer adventures that will tug at your heart strings.
Hi! I’m Monica. I write romance, not just any romance, though. I write romance that feels real and deep and has other fun and exciting elements to it. I love including other genres in my romance stories like action, suspense, and crime.
It all started with my love of reading. My mom used to read to me every night. I can’t remember a time in my childhood when she didn’t, until I became a rebellious teenager of course! This love of reading eventually morphed into wanting to create my own stories. I fell in love with writing at a young age. I started with fanfiction at the age of 12 and have been writing ever since.
As I’ve read other’s stories and have written my own, I’ve found it can be easy to let characters fall into societal stereotypes. I feel this is especially easy with female characters. They can so often fall into the Mary-Sue type and be perfect with no flaws or sharp edges or, you know, real personalities. Here’s what I aim to bring to you. Real, messed up, flawed, angry, hurt, traumatized characters.
As a victim of trauma myself, I aim to bring a real-life feel to my characters and stories. While this all may sound sad or morbid, that’s not all I bring to the table I assure you. These characters are also strong and independent despite their pasts, like so many of us are. Take a look at my work and see if you can relate or be inspired by the words on the pages, because you are strong and amazing and a survivor too!
Come on in and join a fantastic community focused on love, support, and equality. Your comments help keep me inspired and motivated! So, if you’ve got anything to say, say it! Thank you so much for being part of everything here. There are plenty of ways that you can become more involved. You can add me on Facebook and follow me on TikTok @monicamishogrems_author. Make sure to come say hi, I promise to respond!