Beyond the Flap

Beach Reads: Mary Alice Monroe Intertwines Storytelling & Nature

by Terri Barnes

Mary Alice Monroe doesn’t mind if her books are labeled “beach reads,” as long as they get readers to think about the beach while they’re relaxing there. The bestselling author incorporates environmental issues of animals like dolphins and sea turtles into her stories, and insists the story is paramount. “I’m writing about the people,” she says. “It isn’t just about the turtles. It’s all about emotion and storytelling, and then you let the truth—like a parable—come through.” […]