Jessica Gordon explains how meeting the future in-laws sparked a novel idea.
Becoming Mrs. Walsh is a story about love, life, and family. I am fascinated by how these topics are related and I love looking at the dynamics within family and extended family. These core concepts have always been interesting to me.
Then a few years ago I met my husband and the experience of being newly engaged and meeting my future in-laws led to the spark of an idea. My husband is the youngest of three boys so I was particularly fascinated by his dynamic with his older brothers and their wives, my now sisters-in-law.
This experience combined with my love of writing family dynamics and juicy tales led to the beginning of what is now Becoming Mrs. Walsh. Seeing the story through Shoshana’s eyes allows the reader to go on the journey with her.
It is kind of like being the new girl in school. To be introduced to so many people at once and to enter a family where they have already known each other for years is kind of like starting a movie halfway through. Her future sisters-in-law had to show her how to exist in a Walsh-style world.
Shoshana’s steep learning curve has her facing several obstacles. Where do your loyalties lie when there is conflict: with you soon-to-be new family or your current family? Some people are closer with their in-laws than their own family, others do not get along with extended family.
You get to see all different dynamics play out in the book. I wanted to take relatable, everyday feelings, but put my characters in the most extraordinary of situations. While my own experiences joining a family sparked the original inspiration, the rest of course is fiction. Although, it would be nice to jet-set around the world Walsh-style.
Shoshana Thompson is 26 years old, miles from home, and engaged to Andrew Walsh, the last single Walsh brother of one of Washington, D.C.’s wealthiest families. Throughout her engagement she becomes enamored with the Walsh lifestyle.
Life in the fast lane comes to a screeching halt when Shoshana develops feelings for another man. When she discovers the feelings may not be one-sided, things are about to get a lot more complicated. This man is not only part of her fancy new world, he is also completely off-limits.
Jessica Gordon lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband. For more information on the book, check out jessica-gordon.com. Feel free to contact Jessica at any time. She loves hearing from readers!