Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. There will be a giveaway, too!
Truly Madly Royally
by Debbie Rigaud
Release Date: July 30th 2019
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.
Author Guest Post/Questions:
Where do you like to write? Is there a particular time of day? Any favorites drinks or snacks? Do you like to listen to music while writing?
Most of TRULY MADLY ROYALLY, I wrote at a coffeehouse or library. I love writing in a populated space. Maybe because I’m a people pleaser. You can say I’m energized by people. The more crowded and busy, the better. It doesn’t bother me one bit. If it’s a lightly busy or slightly loud room, I tune all that out with the music I stayed plugged into anyway.
Sometimes, I can listen to the same hypnotic song on repeat, all day. It kind of puts me in a contemplative trance so that I can stay focused. The song changes, depending on the month. Music definitely helps. But the buzz of a space is what I’m after. Especially if it’s a creative hangout. It encourages me keep to going when all I want to do is take a long pause or scroll through social media.
When I’m home alone, I can easily drift off into a daydream, or slide down a Google search rabbit hole. But when I’m at a coffeehouse or library, I let myself get swept up by the energy of doers doing, and I just ride that wave.
I’ve become a regular at different spots around the city. One place has the comfy seats and the best chai latte, another has cool wall art an amazing blend of tumeric ginger tea. It all depends on my mood.
That said, I have hit some strong writing strides in serene, empty places. The breakthroughs I’ve made in those settings is something I’d like to explore more this summer. At home, I do have an area carved out for writing. I never work there, but I have it. More often, I end up working at my kitchen counter. It has the right height and puts me at the right eye level to my laptop.
I work during the day, while my kids are at school and daycare. And then if I’m on deadline, and if I have the energy, I work after they’ve gone to bed. I know a lot of efficient writers say the early morning is the prime time for writing, but I’m more of a night owl. I do know that if I don’t get off to a flying start first thing after drop off, there’s little chance I’ll make much traction that day. And of course, the Internet is always a trap laid out and ready for me to step right into. It starts off with me needing to respond to emails or check social media’s notifications. And then two hours later, I’m left wondering how is it that I’ve strayed so far from the day’s goals. This is followed by some self-loathing, of course. *Forever sigh* Humanity is a work in progress.
YA author Debbie M. Rigaud began her writing career covering news and entertainment for magazines. She’s interviewed celebs, politicians, social figures and “real” girls. Her writing has appeared in Seventeen, CosmoGIRL!, Essence, J-14, Trace, Heart&Soul and Vibe Vixen, to name a few. Her first YA fiction writing was published in the anthology HALLWAY DIARIES (KimaniTru Press/September 2007). Her first standalone YA book–a Simon Pulse romantic comedy titled PERFECT SHOT–is due out in the Fall of 2009
Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of TRULY MADLY ROYALLY by Debbie Rigaud (US Only)
Starts: 24th July 2019
Ends: 7th August 2019
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