Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sir Princess Petra's Talent: Blog Tour and Q&A


Book Description:
Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen---they want her to behave like a princess and forget this
silly knight nonsense of hers!

But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?


Book Description:
‘I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games have become boring. The thing I want the most…’ Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. ‘I want to be a royal knight.’ 
Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies.

Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?

1.  What inspires your writing?

A. Dragons, gnomes, faeries, ogres, princesses, and dwarves. They all live in my forest--my magical forest. Well, okay, I'm pretending, but pretending is what inspires my writing. When I walk amongst the whispering and secretive trees of my magical forest, wondering and imagining about the fantasy creatures that surely dwell there, the inspiration just comes naturally from imagining.

2.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A. Creating stories that children will read and love. Inspiring children by the moral values in my stories, and having my characters show children that anything is possible if you put your heart into it. My favorite part of writing is creating characters.

3.  What is the toughest part of being an author?

A. Editing, editing, editing, ahhhh, editing! Oh, and marketing.

4.  If you could not be author, what would you do/be?

I'd have to tell the stories in pictures with my art. I'd become an illustrator. I am a part-time art teacher to children, and I really enjoy doing art.

5.  What would the story of your life be entitled?

A. A Knight's Quest.

6.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A. The Gnome-Mobile, originally entitled the Gnomobile by Upton Sinclair.

7.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A. Legolas Greenleaf, from Lord of the Rings.

8.  What character from all of your book are you most like?

Petra Longstride, Sir Princess Petra. She's really not me and I'm really not her, but there are similarities like: stubborn, naïve, kind-hearted, tom-boy, daring, defiant against silly rules, likes dragons, non-judgmental, hates frilly dresses . . .
Hmmm, maybe we are each other.

9.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?

Lord of the Rings.

10.  What is your favorite season?

Summer, summer, summer!

11.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?

My book cover was designed by the illustrator who works at the publishing house. We talked about different scenes in the book to use for the cover. In the end, the cover illustration was a mutual agreement for a specific scene that would appeal to the reader's sense of wonder. The illustrator, Samantha Kickingbird, did a wonderful job. She is the same illustrator I had for book one.

12.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.

A. Well, at an author visit to an elementary school, after I had done my author talk and book reading, the kids had their chance to ask me question. One little girl asked me if my hair was real and if I ever combed it. Everybody burst out laughing, including me. I assured her my hair was real and that I had put my hair into this tousled updo on purpose. She simply replied, “Oh”.

13.  Are you working on something new?

A. I am working on book three in this series of The Pen Pieyu Adventures, and I am writing an easy-to-understand grammar book.

14.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

Believe in yourself as a writer, and edit, edit, edit. Thanks for stopping by.

Diane Mae Robinson HeadshotAbout the author: Diane lives in a hilltop castle surrounded by a forest. In this forest, many magical and fantasy creatures dwell and are her inspiration to write about them. Diane has a journalism diploma and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature. Sir Princess Petra-The Pen Pieyu Adventures is her first children's chapter book in a series.

Diane’s Social Media Links
Twitter - @DianeMaeRobinso

September 24th

September 25th (Jessica) review & giveaway

September 26th (Tina) review

September 27th (Brittany) review

September 28th

September 29th (Chris) Book Blast / Meet the Author (Sue) interview

September 30th

October 1st (Tonja) review & giveaway

October 2nd (Author C.L. Murphy) interview

October 3rd

October 4th (Diane) review

October 5th (Erik – review & giveaway) (Author Steve Lothian) review

October 6th (Dawn Heslin review & giveaway)

October 7th

October 8th (Author Elaine Ouston) review (Sue – Special Post for Tour Sites)
October 9th - (Author Diane Robinson – for Tour Sites)


  1. Thinking about the answer to question 12 is going to make me giggle all day! Out of the mouths of babes! Thanks for the laugh and the wonderful interview!

    1. Yeah, and you're always going to remember me by my messy hair, right?
      Thanks for stopping by, C.L. Glad you had a giggle.

  2. Hi Emily.

    Thanks for doing this interview and participating in my blog tour. The interview questions were fun, and I had fun answering.

  3. What a blast this tour was! So glad to be part of it!!!


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