When recently asked what she thinks of the [Twilight fanfiction] world, author Diane Munier said, “What [Twilight author] SM achieved in my opinion was the ability to make women feel first love….That woman took us into the ache.” I hope Ms. Munier will pardon me for appropriating her words, but that statement perfectly encapsulates the magic of her own writing: this woman takes us into ourselves, moving us with a deeply satisfying story in the process.
Through the eyes of her beautifully flawed characters, Munier takes us to the bottom of our souls, revealing everything we are and everything we wish we weren’t. We confront our pasts, unearthing treasures we never knew were there, and baby-step our way toward a future we didn’t know we could have. Munier has been doing it for years under the apt pseudonym “Counselor” in the Twilight fanfiction world, and she does it this time for the masses with her first fanfic-turned-novel, Me and Mom Fall for Spencer.
In this poignant story, Sarah Sullivan is a mid-twenties loner with a small life just big enough to handle. Her mother, boss, and neighbors all need a little piece of Sarah to make it through the day, and that’s just fine with her.
Until Spencer Gundry moves in next door and upsets her vegetable cart.
Not that he ever listens.
Despite her attempts to ignore the intriguing interloper, Sarah can’t stop their paths from crossing. His affability annoys her as does his curiosity about her life. And his being handsome doesn’t help.
But as the title indicates, Sarah isn’t the only one with eyes on Spencer. And Marie Sullivan doesn’t like sharing what’s hers nor does she hold her tongue when Spencer artfully dodges questions about his past. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it requires Sarah’s neighbors to accept Spencer Gundry for who and what he says he is. But can they?
But the magic of Diane Munier is that Me and Mom Fall for Spencer is just as much about you and me as it is about Sarah, Marie, and Spencer. Because it’s about life. The unexpected magic of this glorious, unpredictable, complicated life.
And it is worth every precious word.
“…Spencer gets me on the porch and near the end it’s hard to see with the plants on the trellis, and he pulls me right there, and then it’s hug time, and kiss time, and I’m setting on the rail and he’s right there between my eyes, my lungs, my legs, my feet. He’s right there along the midline, opening me up so he can move right into my heart, and I am folded around him like a flower trapping a bee and he’s humming in me. He’s laughing and we’re kissing. It’s exhilarating and I have never felt young like this, maybe never, I have never felt young until now, strong, alive, like the good guys are winning in this world, like Spencer and I might be the very first ones to live forever. I am kissing him, and it’s the best way to celebrate… life.”
[Munier, Diane (2015-02-28). Me and Mom Fall for Spencer (Kindle Locations 3531-3538). Kindle Edition.]
Me and Mom Fall for Spencer is available on Amazon.