Laura Munson always wanted to be a published novelist. But after countless rejection letters for the 14 novels she wrote, she never imagined that the story that would finally land her a book deal would be her own.
Munson wrote an essay for The New York Times, "Those Aren't Fighting Words, Dear," about her refusal to give up on her marriage after her husband told her, "I don't love you anymore. I'm not sure I ever did." Her response? "I don't buy it," and then she gave her husband six months to sort out his issues. The reaction to her essay was so strong it crashed the website's comments. Soon after, she landed her first book deal for her just-published book, This Is Not the Story You Think It Is… (Two years later, she and her husband are still together, and much happier.)
In the video below, Munson talks to iVillage about how she found strength during the crisis in her marriage, what she told her kids, and offers her best advice for newlyweds.