Title: Prince in Disguise
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published: December 19th, 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Interview set up by Disney-Hyperion
Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan-especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.
As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises-including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.
I started reading Prince in Disguise and I’m loving it. It’s so far that fun, snarky, quick-witted contemporary that I love. This is a great book to read over your Christmas break, snag your copy today:
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Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for setting up this interview with Stephanie. We are excited to share this book and introduce you all again, or for the first time to her.
PTB: What reality show would you like to be on?
SKS: I would most like to be on Dancing With the Stars. I love to dance but I’m not very good, so I think I’d really benefit from some intense training. I also would love to wear all those super-sparkly outfits!
PTB: Did you go to Scotland to do research if so, what were your favorite places you visited? If not, where do you now want to visit in real life after doing your digital research?
SKS: I didn’t go to Scotland specifically to do research, but I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit just for fun! I went to Dunkeld for a wedding – the town where Prince in Disguise is set – and a lot of real-life details made it into the book. I also loved hiking in the Highlands and strolling the cobblestone streets of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. I really liked the Leith area in Edinburgh in particular – it’s the part of the city where the ports are, right on the water. Or maybe I just liked it so much because I had a really good piece of cheesecake from a tea shop in Leith!
PTB: We’re there things you’ve come across on reality TV, or any other crazy inspiration, that you wanted to try and include in the book but just couldn’t figure out how?
SKS: A lot of reality TV shows – even dating/romance ones – have competitions, like when the women on the Bachelor have to wear ridiculous outfits and ski downhill or see who can milk a cow the fastest or something like that. I love watching those kinds of crazy things, but I felt like a wacky contest like that didn’t really make sense with the feel of the Prince in Disguise TV show I created.
PTB: What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
SKS: My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies! I always make ginger cookies for my Dad and then frosted sugar cookies for my sister – we decorate them together. Christmas also wouldn’t be complete without a viewing of White Christmas, my favorite Christmas movie. And my whole family spends the day wearing matching pajamas!
PTB: If you could make a reality show and populate it with literary characters, what would the concept be and what characters would you ‘cast’?
SKS: It would combine my two favorite types of reality TV – dating shows and cooking shows! Each week, contestants would have to choose someone to be their partner, both for dates AND for the cooking challenge! The couple who created the winning dish would win an extravagant date. All of the contestants would be famous literary couples – Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, Hermione, and Ron – and they’d have to cook their way to finding love!
About Stephanie Kate Strohm: Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It’s Not Me, It’s You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture and the upcoming The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise (Fall 2017). She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.
Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago and doesn’t discriminate against any type of pizza. When she’s not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband. Follow Stephanie on Facebook | Twitter