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 thissilly 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?
‘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.
Believe in yourself as a writer, and edit, edit, edit. Thanks for stopping by.
About 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.
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