Author Chat with Stephanie Marie Thornton (American Princess), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Stephanie Marie Thornton author of American Princess.
Read on for more about Stephanie, an interview, plus an giveaway!
Meet Stephanie Thornton!
Stephanie Marie Thornton is a high school history teacher and lives in Alaska with her husband and daughter.
Meet American Princess!
Alice may be the president's daughter, but she's nobody's darling. As bold as her signature color Alice Blue, the gum-chewing, cigarette-smoking, poker-playing First Daughter discovers that the only way for a woman to stand out in Washington is to make waves--oceans of them. With the canny sophistication of the savviest politician on the Hill, Alice uses her celebrity to her advantage, testing the limits of her power and the seductive thrill of political entanglements.
But Washington, DC is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and when Alice falls hard for a smooth-talking congressman it will take everything this rebel has to emerge triumphant and claim her place as an American icon. As Alice soldiers through the devastation of two world wars and brazens out a cutting feud with her famous Roosevelt cousins, it's no wonder everyone in the capital refers to her as the Other Washington Monument--and Alice intends to outlast them all.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Alice’s sass—she dares to say every snarky comment that’s on the tip of everyone elses’ tongues—but I also truly loved writing Theodore Roosevelt. He’s my favorite president and the #2 person on the list of historical figures I’d like to have dinner with. (Pharaoh Hatshepsut of Egypt is #1.) Getting to write both of them was a writer’s dream come true!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first, but then AMERICAN PRINCESS just fit perfectly. After all, during her father’s time in office, Alice Roosevelt was often referred to by the press as Princess Alice. In a country without royalty, she’s about as close as we’ve come!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To never give up. I know it sounds cliché, but I almost did give up after writing my first novel and watching it be rejected time and time again. Fortunately, I’m incredibly stubborn and—after throwing myself several pity parties—I persevered to see that book published. Even now, I’ll be tearing my hair out over a problematic scene or tangled plot, but I know that things will eventually work out if I just keep chipping away, word by word.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I think the scarf in the breeze perfectly captures Alice’s zest for life. And of course, it’s in the perfect shade of Alice Blue!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
I actually just gobbled up THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Elizabeth Arden—I’d been waiting for that one since last year after reading the other two books in her THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE trilogy. And I can’t wait to read RIBBONS OF SCARLET, a collaborative novel about the women of the French Revolution written by Kate Quinn, Heather Webb, Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, and Eliza Knight.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My next novel, AND THEY CALLED IT CAMELOT, is an intimate retelling of the life of Jacqueline Kennedy.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I definitely prefer revising, especially the later revisions once the plot and characters are set. It’s a long slog to get to that point!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Manipulating time! (Okay, maybe I just wish I could do that.) I hope that my stories can whisk readers back in time, but I also have to cram as much as I can into every minute of every day—that’s the only way I can juggle being a writer, teacher, mother, and wife!
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Animal shelters. We adopted a kitten that we found injured on the side of the road in Hawaii—the Kauai Humane Society helped us when her leg had to be amputated and now she’s our very own three-legged terror.
By: Stephanie Marie Thornton
Publisher: Berkley/Penguin Random House
Release Date: March 12th, 2019
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