Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series and SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD.
She also feels weird writing about herself in third person.
You can find her at lindseyleavitt.com
1) Did you come up with the whole magic system for Princess for Hire while you wrote the first book, and how did you come up with the rules (is there more you need to think about)?
I hammered out most of the rules for the Facade agency while revising the first book, and it's been very helpful as I write the next books to have that in place. That said, there are still things that happen that surprise me, and I have to make sure those plot twists still fit into the rules I set. I have notebooks filled with the world building, and I also had a very meticulous editor who helped me with the details. I wanted the rules to be believable, yet a little silly and tongue-in-cheek. The beauty of magic is it's easy to mix in both.
2) What happens when subs (Princess Substitutes) that are permanently attached to a royal become agents?
Okay, I shall try to answer without saying too much (and this might be a little spoilery/confusing if you aren't familiar with either P4H book) There are multiple divisions at Facade, and although many employees start off as subs, they often change fields as adults. Other subs stay subs always. If there is a career change for a long-term sub (or Match), then another Match can be found.
3) A lot of people go to Las Vegas for vacation, but since you live there where do you go and what do you do?
I'm your average suburban mom, so I my day to day life is parks and carpools and ballet and Target. I'm a homebody (helpful for a writer), but I also love to be outside so I swim with my girls all summer and much of spring. There's great shopping, but mostly and I love going to all the awesome places to eat here. Last week we went to a sixty-year-old steakhouse and sat in John Wayne's favorite booth. Love the unique history.
4) Can you tell me more about this prom at a casino thing cause that's a really neat place for prom?
Ha! Yes, in Vegas, we often did much more than the actual dance for Prom. Many couples go to a show on the strip, dinner, quick trip to the dance. Also might take an obligatory limo ride down the strip, or a party in the hotel suites (which sounds like debauchery, and sometimes it is, but our Prom hotel involved ice cream sundaes and a Mel Gibson movie. Wildness!) I went to junior Prom with my now hubby, wore a white dress, and when we walked through some of the casinos, people clapped. One lady in an elevator even told us we were "too young to get married".
Desi Bascomb's job as a princess substitute has gotten a whole lot more glamorous now that she's advanced to Level 2 within the Facade Agency. Magical make-up, roller-skating celebrities, and the chance to see Prince Karl again are just some of the major perks. Not to mention, she's landed the role of Fairy Queen in her school's production of Midsummer's Night Dream (opposite her best friend's crush. Which is a little weird, but at least he wears a donkey head during their kissing scene). Life should be perfect, but Desi can't seem to shake the feeling that there is more going on with the agency's magic than she's told. Like why is this mind-bending power exclusive to royals? Is it possible that there could be a bigger way to make an impact in both parts of her life?
I really liked this book so check out my review ^.^ I also reviewed the first one: Princess for Hire.
The PRIZE? 1 of 10 finished copies of Princess for Hire
OR if you've read Princess for Hire, You can win 1 of 1 copies of The Royal Treatment ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy).
1) You must be over 13 to enter.
2) Fill out the form to win
3) Open to US residents only
4) Giveaway is open until May 10, 2011 (11:59 PM PST)
4) Bonus entries for posting about The Royal Treatment or Princess for Hire (can be a Waiting on Wednesday, Cover Crazy kind of post) or commenting on this interview.
5) I am not responsible for shipping the books (publisher shall be doing the shipping) or for loss or damage during shipment of the books. (I really hope this doesn't happen)