Katrina Marie lives in the Dallas area with her husband, two children, and fur baby. She is a lover of all things geeky and Gryffindor for life. When she’s not writing you can find her at her children’s sporting events, or curled up reading a book. Learn more about Katrina and her books at her website.
Pregnancy Hormones and Being a Teen
Tonya has a hard time dealing with her hormones. Being a pregnant teen is hard, and with her best friend away at college, she doesn’t know how to deal with her emotions.
The major plus in her situation is she has supportive parents. They may not have been supportive at first, but she’s able to go to her mom when she is feeling overwhelmed. Her mom always knows the right things to say to make her feel better, if only just a little bit. That’s one of the best things about having a family that’s close.
Music is another way she copes with everything going on in her life. She has a tendency to put in her earbuds and let the music shift her thoughts. It’s a sort of cleansing for her. Tonya feels like if she can put some music on to take away her frustrations, she’ll feel better in the end. Music has the power to cure what ails you, especially emotionally.
I’m not going to lie, Tonya relies heavily on comfort food. It’s not the healthiest option for an expectant mom, but it helped sooth her. It’s not often, but when you get food that your great-grandmother cooks, it brings peace like nothing else.
Everyone experiences pregnancy hormones so differently. Tonya is no different. She does the best she can with what she knows. The hardest thing for her is becoming very emotional when that’s not how she was before. She’s lucky to have her family and friends to lean on and talk her down when everything becomes too much.
I drew a lot on my own personal experiences during pregnancy while writing Tonya. I remembered those times when I didn’t know what to do with myself, or my feelings, and brought them to life within Tonya. Being eighteen years old is already confusing, add in pregnancy, and it makes everything feel so much bigger.
Welcome to Your Life
Tonya discovers she’s pregnant a month after breaking up with her high school boyfriend, Jake. She can’t decide whether to tell Jake she’s pregnant when he sees her at the mall with a maternity bag.
Tonya struggles to adjust to working, attending the local community college, and pushing off Jake’s advances to get back together. When she’s paired with Reaf, the good-looking guy from her Art class, she has to battle the confusing emotions swirling through her brain and heart.
Can she find love, herself, and become the parent she hopes to be while dealing with pregnancy hormones and drama?