What first inspired you to start writing?
CA: The joy reading gave me! I loved books and reading so much that I couldn’t help but believe that writing stories and sharing them with others like me must be the best thing in the world. And I’ve been lucky enough to find out that I was right!
You have homes in both Germany and England, what is your favourite thing about both of these places?
CA: Here in England, where I live, my favourite thing is the stunning Dorset seaside, just outside my door. In Germany, it’s the fairy-tale like forests.
How long did Royal Rebel take you to write?
CA: It took me a year and a half to get Royal Rebel just right. But that’s because it’s the first of a series, and doing the first one always takes longer. I needed time to create a whole new world for my characters to inhabit and I also had to feel certain that Royal Rebel was strong enough to have more books can follow it. the next books in a series always go faster than the first one.
Where is your favourite place to write?
CA: My writing room at home! I can write pretty much anywhere (trains, planes, even my hairdresser’s if I need to!), but sitting at my desk at home is my favourite spot simply because I have my dogs snoozing at my feet, my favourite research books and mood board at hand, and all my favourite teas and snacks nearby. Perfect!
What is the main thing you wanted to get across to your audience when writing Royal Rebel?
CA: I wanted to give girls an alternative to the usual patriarchal fairy-tale princess. I wanted to write about a princess who is a queen by right and who inhabits a matriarchal world ruled by women. At the same time I thought I could give boys something to think about by letting them read about life in a queendom instead of the usual kingdom. Us girls always have to read about kingdoms – I thought it was time boys read about queendoms!
I also thought it would be fun to show readers that behind the “princess lifestyle” of privilege, tiaras and ballgowns is a life of duty and learning. My princess, Lily, has a TON of queen-to-be stuff she has to learn, like, her country’s politics, history and traditions. She also has to learn about protocol and what a princess can and cannot talk about, or even what a princess can and cannot wear. There are so many rules – what Lily calls the Royal Rules. I think it’s important to know that being a princess is not always fun and that a princess can’t always do what she wants.
When will the second book of the Royal Rebel series be out?
CA: “Royal Rebel: Designer” will be published on June 13th 2019. I can’t wait!
What inspired you to write Royal Rebel?
CA: I loved the idea of a girl-power princess who secretly vlogs – and who also happens to live in the world’s only queendom, Waldenburg! This idea gave me the opportunity to write about so much of what I love: DIY fashion, feminism, palaces and ponies, princesses, dogs, friendship, girl-power and royal rules! I also knew I’d be able to create a lot of really humorous moments for Lily. I enjoy books that make me laugh, so for this series I was really inspired to create funny scenes to share with my readers.
What was your favourite book when you were young?
CA: There were so many! A few favourites, though, were Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Also, all of Agatha Christie’s mysteries.
Can you sum up Royal Rebel in just three words?
CA: Girl-power. Princess. Vlogging!
What is your number one tip for Young Writers who aspire to be an author?
CA: My absolute number one not-to-be-forgotten tip for anyone who wants to write is to….drum roll, please…READ!!! The more you read, the better you will write – it really is that simple. Reading books – all kinds and as many as you can – will teach you all you need to know about story arcs, sentence structure, what makes a character an interesting one, how to end your chapters, what’s exciting…and what’s not. When you finish reading a book make sure to ask yourself questions about it like, Why did I like that story? What made that character such an unforgettable one? What would I have done differently? How did the story start? By doing this you’ll push yourself to think about a book’s strengths and weaknesses – and understanding this will help you write your own story.
Find out more about Carina and all of her books at www.carinaaxelsson.com