Author Interview with Monique Bucheger

Welcome Monique Bucheger, author of the Ginnie West Adventure series for middle-grade readers. Her first book in the series is The Secret Sisters Club, and book two, Trouble Blows West, comes out later this month. 

Tell me about your family.

I am a happily married, single mom of 12. (My hubby works long hours—so I generally have the kids).  I have a son-in-law and a new grandbaby.

What is your favorite dessert?

Anything chocolate or cheesecake, though homemade bread and real butter works too. 🙂

If you were stuck in an airport with nothing else to read, would you rather have a copy of Twilight or Hunger Games?

Hunger Games—I haven’t read it yet, but several of my children have and love it.

List five movies you LOVE:

Yours, Mine and Ours—both versions. It’s a Wonderful Life and all three Tim Allen ‘The Santa Clause’ movies. I love Christmas movies—especially ones like The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Box. Inspirational stories about ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things.

When did you start writing?

As a teen.

Pick a character from one of your books and tell us about him or her:

Virginia Maie Stratton West the 2nd—AKA Ginnie West.

Ginnie is fun, courageous, loyal, funny,  adventurous, a great friend and who I wanted to be as a kid. She’s not afraid to try new things and when things go awry, she rolls with the punches and has a way of making things turn out alright… and although she seldom breaks rules on purpose, there always seem to be a lot of bent and twisted ones in her wake.

What are you working on now?

I am finishing up Trouble Blows West (book 2). I hope to have it published in e-book by Monday.  Then I’ll be finishing book 3—which got set aside when I was offered a contract for The Secret Sisters Club: A Ginnie West Adventure.

How do you come up with ideas for your books?

I started with a fun, spirited girl and populated her world with things I love: a good family, good friends, horses, and farm life. As a teen, I babysat on the farm I write about (though Ginnie’s mom, Queenie, is the only character ‘based’ on anyone—and her character is generously sprinkled with embellishment).

My husband and I have been foster parents to over 120 kids and my books deal with all sides of the child abuse issue: living with it, helping those suffering from it, empowering kids and adults.

Ginnie’s best friend Tillie was a 3rd-generation victim of child abuse before being abandoned by her birth father. Now Ginnie and Tillie plot to unite Ginnie’s widowed dad with Tillie’s divorced mom to forge a new family and make their dream of having a sister come true.

You can read more about Monique and her Ginnie West Adventure books on her blog, or read a sample on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. She also offers printed, signed copies if you email her at


    1. Cami, thank you for stopping by. I’ve come to the same conclusion as I’ve been emailing Monique back and forth about this post. She is an amazing lady!


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