I am so pleased to feature an interview with Lindsey Leavitt, author of the “Princess For Hire” series and YA contemporary “Sean Griswold’s Head.”
Lindsey will be at The King’s English this Saturday May 21st at 4pm, signing and reading from her two new books “The Royal Treatment” and “Sean Griswold’s Head.” Come and join! The King’s English itself is a magical treat. That place makes me want to blow my grocery budget on books. (Luckily I have self-control. Last time I was there I only blew a little of the grocery budget.)
This interview mostly pertains to Lindsey Leavitt’s “Princess for Hire” series.
Photo by Jennie Slade
You said you were a bit of a tomboy growing up, not quite the girly-girl. What inspired you to write a book about being a substitute princess, complete with bubble transportation?
Do you have strong memories of junior high? Are there things from that period in your life that influence your writing?
I love the themes of identity and putting yourself in another person’s shoes. Why do you think Desi can solve other people’s problems so easily, but when it comes to her own life, she flounders?
Even though she’s acting as someone else, it is still acting in a way. It’s not Desi’s reality. I mean, I always gave my girlfriends sage boy tips, but couldn’t even talk to my own crush. Listening to yourself, to your own advice, takes courage and Desi finds that courage through walking in other girl’s shoes. Er, heels.
You have another “Princess for Hire” book coming in June of 2012. Can you give us any hints as to where you’ll take that one? Any plans to do more after that?
Any other projects in the works?
Absolutely. I write contemporary young adult fiction as well, and I’m following up the recently released SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD (Bloomsbury, March 2011) with AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE (Bloomsbury, 2013), about a girl who deals with her boyfriend’s online cheating by “going vintage”–quitting 21st century technology and accomplishing the goals her grandma once set at age 16.
Thanks to Lindsey for allowing me to post this interview!
Learn more about Lindsey Leavitt and her books at lindseyleavitt.com