Wednesday, January 27, 2010

royal couples "give-away"

Winner is Queen Bee Swain!!

"Royal Couple Crown Bookends" give-away from
along with this special book, "Someday my Prince will come" by author Jerramy Fine

photo of "Jerramy Fine" photo credit - "tea" by Rebecca Harley

With great pleasure, allow me to introduce "Jerramy Fine" writer and author of, a memoir "Someday my Prince will come"

1. My mission is to design - inspire and create and artful life- what would you say your mission is as a writer? (other than that of the pursuit of a royal!)

I write not because I want to, but because I need to! If I don’t get everything inside my crazy head (and even crazier heart) down on paper, I get restless. So I figure while I’m at, I had better make my writing contribute to the greater good. I want it to amuse, to inspire, to give readers faith in happily ever after whilst teaching them to have faith in themselves. It is quite a large order and I have no idea if I even come close to achieving this – but I try!

2. How did the creation of this book originate and how long did it take from start to publish? When did you realize that humour was your way to express yourself?

When I met my childhood crush at the age of 25, I knew I had a story to tell. Luckily for me, my agent used to have a crush on Prince Edward and my editor used to write letters to Prince Albert Monaco! These two women immediately understood the theme of my memoir and how relatable it was for wannabe-princess the world over . Perhaps my book landed in the right hands at the right time, but because of this, the publishing deal happened quite quickly. It took me about 9 months to finish it and but it was a more than 18 months after I signed the contract before the book actually hits the shelves. I never set out specifically to be funny – but I learned long ago to laugh rather than cry so I’m sure this attitude seeps into my writing.

3. What advice would you give to other writers or artists who are working towards getting published?

Don’t try to write the entire book before getting a book deal! Just write three really great chapters (and an outline of the rest) and start sending it out to agents asap!

4. What sorts of ways do you add artful touches to your life to make you feel more "royal?"

I surround myself with velvet cushions, pre-Raphaelite prints, and classical music from the royal courts; I indulge in Chanel perfume and expensive chocolate; I tend to take taxis when I really should take the tube, and I try to get a massage every month. I also rarely leave the house without high heels and pearls!

5. In college, we watched Princess Diana's royal wedding, do you think another Royal Wedding is about to be televised?

I was only 4 years-old when I watched Diana’s wedding (my grandparents taped it for me), but it is something has had a life-long impact on my psyche. I do think Prince William will marry Kate Middleton in the next 2-3 years. Our world is crying out for magic these days so new royal wedding may be just what the doctor ordered!

6. Do you write every day or do you spend more time promoting your book? (you do not have to answer this one)

I try to write something every day (even if it’s just paragraph for one of my many new books-in-progress). I wish I didn’t have to spend so much time on promotion, but if I am to compete with the Twilight I must persevere! My facebook and twitter pages take up an amazing amount of time, but the feedback I get from readers makes it so worthwhile. As much as the business side of publishing drives me nuts, it warms my heart to know I have inspired so many girls to go after their dream.


Thank-you Jerramy for this "royal" interview keeping the dream alive and the fairy tale too in each of our creative hearts. Feel free to leave a comment, which royal couple made an impression on your wannabe princess heart? The winner of the bookends and the book will be randomly selected and posted this Thursday.


34 comments:

Maman de trois petit rois said...

These would be so perfect for a family named 'King'!! Growing up outside of Philly I relished the fact that Grace Kelly had grown up there too. (In fact, my Dr.'s office was in the old Kelly home), so Princess Grace and Ranier made a great impression on me. Great post, love the old images of Diana.

Ms. Bright said...

I think I have a new book on my list. I always think of Grace Kelly. She didn't have royal blood, but had a fairytale life and definitely looked the part of a princess. I could put "Rear Window" on mute and just watch her! Talk about being appropriately named!

style chronicle said...

What a "royal treat" of an interview. Lovely images!

Kwana said...

Thanks for this wonderful interview. Jerramy's book sounds delightful. Who doesn't want to be a princess?

La Maison Fou said...

Nice, and I love the crowning jewels!

Thanks for sharing,

Leslie

Summer is a Verb said...

Chanel perfume and expensive chocolates? A girl after my own heart...XXOO

pavlova said...

Grace Kelly and Monaco are the epitomy of a princess and her kingdom to me! She had such a regal appearance and was lovely in all ways.

Suburban Princess said...

This book is on my list of books to read! I always adored Diana and I remember my mum and gran waking me up early to watch the wedding on tv. It was so magical!

Of course no one could ever outdo Princess Grace!

Fabulously french said...

I love chanel no. 5 and am I firm believer that chocolate is good for you :-)

The bookends are tres belle.

Leeann x

Purple Flowers said...

Pretty as a picture images. I loved Grace Kelly. She represented a lady w/style. The book looks like alot of fun to read.

QueenBeeSwain said...

love love love this and love love love Miss Fine- I interviewed her a few months back over on my blog, she is just a phenom!

xoox

kHm

pve design said...

Queen Bee-
yes, that is where I first met Jerramy and thought, now that is a gal who speaks to each of our inner Princess!
Just yesterday I spotted a gal in her car, pink polish, and her plate said "princess" -
Glad everyone can relate to a wannabe Princess!
pve

Frau said...

Book sounds like a fun read....every girl wants to find her prince and be the princess! Great interview!

Amanda said...

Oooh, I'm currently looking for a prince. This looks like a great read!

Brooke said...

I adore these bookends! My favorite Disney Princess duo was beauty in the beast - i'm not sure why bc beauty wasn't a princessa and my husband is quite handsome and not a beat at all, BUT their story still captivates me!

~Brooke
brooke.malko@gmail.com

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Absolutely love the book ends. And, I am going to check out this book. I also appreciate her insights on writing and getting into publishing. I have two book ideas floating in my head and write for "fun" but never really knew how people go about starting. I thought you had to have a finished book before starting....(I'd probably be in a wheelchair before I could accomplish that).

Loui said...

Great post..
wonderful interview..
would adore the bookends!!
warm hugs.
Loui♥

redhairedash said...

i adore your blog, and also watched prince charles and princess diana marry (although i was slightly older than you) live on television. i thought it was the most romantic thing i had ever seen; it didn't end well, as we all know now, but the idea of it stuck with me. my wedding wasn't quite as grand, but i married my prince and that's the most important part :)
thanks for sharing!!

Cheri said...

I loved this book! I will recommend it to all of my princess wannabe friends. I still remember being a kid and setting the alarm to wake up with my sister in the early hours to watch Princess Diana marry Prince Charles. She was breathtaking!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

That's a tough one. Grace Kelly will forever be the epitome of elegance, but Princess Di was after all the "people's princess" and adored by all. I can remember her wedding vividly. I was glued the tv while I tried to keep an eye on a small tibe of kids I was babysitting that day! The author is quite lovely and regal too!!!

Amy P said...

Looks like a great book! I am still looking for my prince charming, too -- so I can relate! I think Grace Kelly is the perfect definition of a princess-- so beautiful, graceful and truly regal. So lovely!

holly goes lightly said...

PvE -- like you, I watched the Diana/Charles wedding in high school, and still remember where I was when they announced she had died in Paris. Selfishly, all I could think about was all that style we'd be missing as she aged along with us.

Sounds like a fun read, and a great gift-away!

LindsB said...

What a fun give away- that book looks great!! If I dont win I must check it out :)

Barbara said...

Great interview Patricia. The author has a "royal" smile and her head is poised for a crown. Perhaps now "my prince" will show
up after I read the book.

VictoriaArt said...

Royal treatment! Yes!
What a nice interview!
Wouldn't mind the jewels in the crown...
xx
Victoria

My Notting Hill said...

Fun interview accompanied by great pics. Love the cover of her book too.

Preppy 101 said...

I so remember the wedding! I got up at 6ish a.m. to see every minute of it!! I so, so wanted Charles to be more affectionate or - as Tom Brokaw said - give her a kiss. Little did we know . . . right? Grace Kelly fulfilled the highest expectations of everyone!!

the NEO-traditionalist said...

I just ADORED this interview! She is sweet as can be. I grew up with a massive crush on Prince William (he's with the wrong Kate!) so I can relate completely. Can't wait to pick up her book. Thank you for the introduction!
XX Kate

North of 25A said...

Delightful interview - thank you!

Maria Killam said...

Love the interview! I was so young when I watched the royal wedding. . .

Karena said...

Love the book and yes there was always something so mysterious about the Royals in Monaco. Grace Kelly a favorite classic woman!

RD said...

Everyone needs a prince--and a new book! Thanks for the interview. Lovely bookends!

pve design said...

Thanks to each of you for your comments,

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