Fact or Fiction in a ‘Based On’ story

Happy (super belated!) Valentine’s Day. I hope you spent it doing whatever makes you most happy. And if that means ignoring it all together, I hope you did that too! You do you, boo.

As for me, Ryan stayed home from work so I spent V-Day with my man just Netflix and chillin’ (wink). It’s a holiday we don’t normally give much attention to (besides getting Stella a few things), but this year we took a different approach.

I always saw it as another fictional holiday that didn’t have any real meaning behind it. And some of that still rings true for me but I think taking a day to celebrate and honor your relationship is extremely important. Essential, even. So I got into it – I wore the only red top I own (eh, more like a burgundy), got him a mushy card, a gift, the whole nine yards. Voila, happy hubs.

But I digress! The real meaning of this post was to share with you some of the details about my book in light of V-Day.

In case you forgot, I recently wrote a book based on my own real love story, The Unfinished Business of You and Me (you can catch chapter 1 here). Since its based on, a lot of people ask me which of the deets are fiction. While I can’t comb through the entire book, I can give you some examples. In addition, I’m going to share another real piece of memorabilia that didn’t make it in the book.

Because I like lists (who doesn’t?), I’m going to format it like so.

Fictional piece #1– Ryan didn’t exactly move away to Milwaukee. I put this in there because there is a piece of memorabilia that suggests Ryan is moving. In reality he was wanting to move to his Dad’s house only an hour away.

Fictional piece #2 – Ryan and I got back together again because of his best friend. He told Ryan that I would be dancing on the CMA’s (Country Music Awards) and for Ryan to tune in. Well he did and he saw me. He said I looked exactly the same as in high school and apparently that was all the motivation he needed to pursue me once again!

Fictional piece #3– I didn’t cheer in high school. Only middle school. In fact, I was a bit of a rebel in high school (and that’s an understatement) but it’s my book and I can write what I want, ha!

I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek into my new book and if you’re interested in hearing the full story, you can go here.

Also, my Instagram is where I’d love to connect with you! If you like my blog or this post, please subscribe! And feel free to share the love and tell someone else about it :) Oh, I almost forgot, a note out of Ryan’s 4th grade journal is below.

based on a real love story

From when we went on a field trip to meet our pen pals. I’ll never forget mine was named, Ryan McDonald :)



About Rana Mancini Cavanaugh

Rana is a Chic Mama dedicated to helping other Mama's live a fuller, happier, healthier life through this blog. She is proud to announce she just finished an eBook on how to travel with kids and is finishing up her first novel. She is a happy wife to her sweetheart since the fourth grade and Mama to a lovely little girl. Happy Travels! xo

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