CHARLOTTE – Molly Grantham is the definition of a triple threat: Emmy Award-winning news reporter, mother and now author of her first book, “Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom.”
But the 40-year-old admits she didn’t take the typical route to becoming a published author. She didn’t sit down one day and put pen to paper with the intention of writing a book.
While on maternity leave from WBTV, Grantham started posting on Facebook about the trials and tribulations of being a mother of two. The posts were funny, fresh and, most importantly, relatable.
People enjoyed her raw take on parenthood, and applauded her admission that she missed “me” time and sometimes likes working more than being a mom.
“It was really organic,” said Grantham, mother of now 6-year-old daughter Parker and 3-year-old son Hutch. “It was just the thoughts in my head.
“When your life is your kids and you do everything for your kids, you need other things. You miss part of yourself,” she added. “If you want to get away from your kids sometimes, that’s OK. You shouldn’t feel guilty. That’s what no one’s saying and I give voice to that.”
She decided to use the 30 posts she wrote over roughly two and half years as the foundation for her book, which she describes as a month-by-month progression and “scrapbook” of the early years of parenthood.
But the book is not just for moms, Grantham said. Dads can relate too and “anyone who just misses part of themselves.”
Want the book?
“Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom” is available on Amazon and several other local bookstores. Visit www.mollygrantham.com for a complete list of where to buy.