Imagine, that there is a magical organization that allows seemingly ordinary girls to temporarily swap places with modern day princesses. These regular teens get to experience all the perks of royalty. They wear fancy dresses. Attend formal dinners. Share a kiss with a prince. Oh, and discover international scandal at the very agency that employs these princess subs.
In Lindsey Leavitt’s PRINCESS FOR HIRE series, she captures the fun and enjoyment of living in royal shoes for a day — but also writes about self discovery in her cute and bubbly books. She made a stop here on her blog tour for A FAREWELL TO CHARMS, the concluding book in her series of royal fun.
Not only is Lindsey a successful middle grade/young adult author (PRINCESS FOR HIRE, THE ROYAL TREATMENT, FAREWELL TO CHARMS, SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, and GOING VINTAGE (March 2013)) but she’s one busy momma too. In my ever growing series of interviews with totally awesome mothers, I had a chance to ask this fellow Las Vegan some questions on writing, motherhood and of course. What she feeds her family.
Favorite snack/food/sweet/treat to munch on while writing?
Diet Pepsi and dark chocolate. I’m out of both right now. Sad times.
If you could use a substitute princess for one moment of your life it would be when:
Diaper changing, not a fan of that. Also, working out, especially spin class. Probably the whole month of August, because it gets so hot in Las Vegas and I just want to escape to cold weather and read a book alone.
Describe your writing style in one word:
Can I do 3? Humor with heart.
Best piece of writing advice given to you (and by whom):
Have guts to cut. If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out. ~Kurt Vonnegut
The last meal you fed your family for dinner?
Spaghetti pie. There’s sausage and homemade sauce and oodles of cheese. Unfortunately, They hate it, which I don’t understand. Both items in title are such win.
In Princess For Hire: The Royal Treatment, you have some fun beauty pageant scenes. If you were to be a contestant yourself, you would win it with what talent and why?
My pinkies are pretty crooked. I guess I would just hold up my hands, all theaterical, and yell, “BEHOLD!” The crowd would gasp at my deformity, than vote out of pity. I’ll take it.
IF YOU GO …
What: Lindsey Leavitt book release party for FAREWELL TO CHARMS. Come dressed as your favorite princess. Treats and fun and all books on sale.
When: Friday, June 29th, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Barnes and Noble, 2191 North Rainbow Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada
What: Lindsey Leavitt book signing and reading. Books for sale.
When: Wednesday, July 18th, 7 p.m.
Where: Provo City Library at Academy Square, 550 North University Avenue Provo, Utah
What: Lindsey Leavitt book signing. Books for sale.
When: Thursday, July 19th, 7 p.m.
Where: The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.