VIBE VIXEN: Congrats on your upcoming book! How did you venture into writing and this book deal?
TIA MOWRY: I’ve always wanted to write. Actually in college that’s what I kind of excelled at. I loved just putting all my thoughts together and jotting them down and basically doing research and all that kind of stuff, and I always wanted to write books. You know how you always had a vision? Well writing a book was always my vision, I just didn’t know what kind of book I was going to write.
VV: Were you surprised that your first book ended up being a baby book?
TMH: No. My mom will tell you, my sister will tell you, my brothers will tell you, I always wanted to be a mom. I love babies, I love little kids and I loved being able to talk about my pregnancy. And the experience, I loved the whole process about being a mom. I annoy my sister because she is pregnant now. Like I will call her up and be like, ‘Tamera, you have to remember this’ then she will be like, ‘Tia, every pregnancy is different.’
Sometimes I have to try to not overly override her with tips because I talk about those women in my book. Like, everyone will come up to you and tell you things you have to do but every pregnancy is different. My sister she was so sweet last night; she texted me that she was [imitates Tamera] ‘feeling so queasy and I’m going to throw up.’ I was like, ‘Okay Tamera, just suck on a lemon.’ Then also she actually read a chapter in my book on what you need for a nursery and she found those tips very helpful, so I’m thankful I can help someone with things that I had to find out on my own. And I just love helping my sister out and giving her tips! I’m just so happy that she is pregnant.
What was your favorite part about the entire writing process?
Two things: my whole process and I’m so happy I wrote it this way. I wrote it from a journalistic perspective, so I was jotting down stuff in my journal during my pregnancy because I wanted it to be authentic and from a realistic perspective and approach. You know it’s funny how you forget. In those 10 months, you really do forget your experiences—you remember them but it’s hard to relive them, so I really liked that part [of reliving them]. I also liked the tone of it. It’s how you would talk to your best friend or your girlfriend, very conversational. When you’re a mom you have so much information in your head and you want to try and figure out as much information as you can, but I didn’t want to seem like I was teaching a course in college; I didn’t want it to be like that. I wanted it to be a fun, crazy funny conversational piece.
Favorite part of the book?
My favorite chapter in the book I say would have to be the “Mama Style” chapter, because I felt that there are a lot of pregnancy books out there but a lot of them didn’t delve into style and fashion when being pregnant. My book talks about this: where you can buy different pieces online and price ranges and different kind of accessories style and informing women to embrace their body. Even with my sister, we were having a meeting the other day and she was wearing all black, and we as pregnant women tend to do that. We’re putting on a few pounds and you’re getting used to it, so it’s kind of like embrace that belly! It’s so beautiful, you won’t have it forever, put some bright beautiful color on that belly; that’s kind of what I talked about in my book.
How has your style changed since having the baby?
It’s so funny you asked me that because Tamera just told me, ‘Your style has really changed.’ My whole thing with being a mom is that you don’t want to lose your identity; you don’t want to lose who you were before. You can still be that hot, sexy mom. If anything, I like to think I’m wearing heels even more. I didn’t wear them that much until the end [of the pregnancy], so I’m now all about wearing heels. I wear a lot of vibrant, flowy, colorful clothes, before it was edgy. I’m a mom now, but when I go out, I don’t forget who I was before.