When she and her mother-in-law were having a disagreement, Reddit user @sunnymom93 turned to the /AmITheAsshole Subreddit for some unbiased advice. Writing romance novels and posting them online soon after giving birth to her first child with her husband was done “just to let off some built up hormones (tough labor had third-degree tears, so our [marital relations]were on hold for 5 months), [and] in the hope I might make a small amount [of] extra spending money to buy nice things for baby and a few treats for us,” according to @sunnymon93.
Surprise, surprise: She’s made a fortune from writing romance novels. She has made enough money from commissions in just three years to have “a great maternity stress-free” and even put down a 5% down payment on a home.
She said, “It’s not millionaire money, but it has dramatically improved our lives with the house, [given] me amazing bonding experiences with my child, and allows us to have extra fun money every month and to set money aside for our baby’s future, and I am so grateful.
Only @sunnymom93’s “prude” MIL, who learned about her romance writing career a year ago when she saw a card her husband had given her to commemorate reaching one million readers, is a problem. Although she is aware that it is none of her business, she claimed that she would be too ashamed to write housewife porn for pay.
The harsh language “a little shocked” her and her husband, but the snobbish attitude wasn’t entirely unexpected. In spite of this, @sunnymon93 applauded her MIL, saying, “At the end of the day, that book paid for the food that has kept her grandchild full, all the nice toys, a good start in life with a savings account, and the roof over her head. She ought to take that into consideration before trying to make snide remarks because I was very proud of that.
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It wasn’t until last week that the subject was raised once more when her mother-in-law inquired about how she was able to pay for her husband’s new car and a new couch. She stated that based on book commissions… and her MIL had the gall to request some cash for her upcoming vacation. After her previous snobbish remark, I just laughed and told her “hell no,” according to @sunnymon93. “She called me an asshole and didn’t get a penny from my book commission.”
Because of the AITA post, she started to wonder if she had been too critical of her MIL. Fortunately, Redditors supported her overwhelmingly. After all, reading or writing romance novels is not at all shameful. There’s a good reason why this genre is so well-liked.
One commenter stated, “This is just some delicious comeuppance for your MIL!” Anyone who disparages your work is not entitled to a romance-funded vacation, and she should just put up with it. NTA.”
Another user added, “Money brings out the worst in people. “Once they get a whiff, they’ll change their tune and abandon their ‘convictions. She shouldn’t be willing to ask you for money for her vacation if she has such a strong conviction that it [led] to being rude to you over a fun career that you are obviously good at.
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