Hooray! At last! The long-awaited and much-anticipated interview with Kirstin Pulioff. Her book was a delight to read and review earlier this year. She’s followed up with a sequel, but I will let her tell about it.
Kirstin, so good to have you here! Pull up a seat, grab a bottle of something cold, and let the world (at least my little bit of it) know what’s been going on. I’ll start with the usual first question:
What influenced you to write your book?
Starting off with the hard questions! Haha, ok, let’s see. There are two main influences that brought about the Princess Madeline series. The first looks at why I started writing, and the second, why this story.
I have written my entire life. Before I became a stay at home mom, I wrote everyday on my lunch break. This was my creative escape. I found that during this one hour, I was able to reconnect to myself, and explore different ideas and philosophies. Although writing has always been my creative release, it wasn’t until recently that I began pursuing it as a career. Teaching my kids the importance of following their dreams forced me to look at my own life, and realize that I wasn’t following my own advice. After that realization, I began purposefully pursuing it.
I’d say you’re well on your way, Kirstin!
I wrote the Princess Madeline series to create an upper MG/lower YA adventure for the younger readers who wanted a princess adventure that was content appropriate for their age. I can recall from my youth, struggling to find that type of book, and so when I sat down and began writing, that was the first idea that popped into my head. Today, there are many more options available, and I am honored to be included in those.
I hope your kids see the effort you’re making–bet they’re proud of their mom!
Do you have a favorite character or theme?
My favorite character is Princess Madeline and how she handled the whole coming of age theme. Showing that although she is a princess, she is also a sixteen year old girl, looking for her place in life, and struggling to get there. I wanted to make her as real as possible, balancing out the hard and soft qualities- her strength with vulnerability, her rashness with intelligence, and her stubbornness with creativity.
I loved how she handles herself in the first book. Do you have any other books in progress, or that you plan to write?
Yes! I have a few projects in the works. I am currently in the editing phase for the third and final in the Princess Madeline series. I have begun writing some short stories for a “Fallen Fables” anthology, and have finished my outline for a historical romance. Expect lots of new things in the future! 🙂
Fantastic! Something for everyone, it sounds like.
Who would you say is your target audience?
For the Princess Madeline series, the target audience for this series is 4th-8th grade. I find that it fits in very well with the upper elementary crowd, and as a refreshingly light young adult novel. It has also been well received as a chapter book for the younger readers, those who are ready for a Disney princess-esque story with a kick.
Is there a lesson to be learned in your writing?
I think there is always a lesson to be learned. The stories themselves cover many themes. The Escape of Princess Madeline focuses on family relationships, finding yourself, and taking responsibility for your actions. The Battle for Princess Madeline delves more into bravery, believing in yourself, and doing the right thing. The third book will focus again on family relationships, change, and the power of love. Each new book is a new lesson in discovery for myself as well. The reinforcement of life lessons, the reintegration of them in my life, writing and reading gives me the opportunity to grow as an author and as a person.
I could definitely catch that in what I read.
Okay, so now tell us a little about the next book in the series.
This is exciting! In the next book, which will also end the series, we follow Princess Madeline and her brother, Prince Barden as they struggle to battle the dragon threatening their kingdom. When their methods conflict, who will have the final say?
Dragons – cool! I love dragon books.
What do you like to do outside of writing?
When I have a free moment *very rare*, I love being outside. Whether playing at the beach, taking a hike or just being in the yard, being in nature is a favorite. I also love yoga, reading, and any activity with my family.
Sounds good to me. Beach, nature hikes, backyard–love it all.
Short but sweet, this concludes yet another interview with a not-to-be-missed author. Kirstin, thanks for being here today. Before you go, however, please tell us how we can get in touch with you.
I love connecting with other authors and fans. You can reach me at any of the following:
Thank you so much for having me here today. It has been a lot of fun!
Loved having you!