Published by Scholastic
Forget everything you thought you knew about princesses…
Welcome to Bad Princess by Kris Waldherr (author of Doomed Queens), where you’ll discover what really happens after “Happily Ever After.” From the war-torn Dark Ages of Medieval Europe to America’s Gilded Age, and all the way up to Kate Middleton, Bad Princess explores more than 30 true princess stories, going beyond the glitz and glamour to find out what life was really like for young royals throughout history.
A mix of royal biography, pop culture, art, style, and pure fun, Bad Princess is a whip-smart, tongue-in-cheek spin on the traditional princess narrative, proving that it takes more than a pretty crown to be a great leader.
Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. She has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Waldherr’s debut novel The Lost History of Dreams will be published by Touchstone Books in early 2019.
I’m fortunate in that I have an actual-for-real room to work from instead of a desk squeezed into a bedroom or kitchen, like some authors I know. (Yes, I’m very lucky!) Though my studio is small, I’ve managed to stuff two desks inside, along with too many books and a comfy chair frequented by my Bengal cat, Finnick.
Desk #1 has my iMac, keyboard, external hard drive for back ups, and my Wacom pen and palette. Frankly, I credit my Wacom from saving my hands from a bad repetitive stress injury years ago. Now I use it for everything digital—writing, design, and illustration.
To the left of my computer: my ever-growing To Do list, a Luna Lovegood wand from Harry Potter Wizarding World. (Everyone needs magic while they work!) The quartz crystal, though, is there just because it’s sparkly. There’s also a print out of my favorite spread from Bad Princess, a board game I designed called the Princess Paths to Power. (I’ll be offering copies of it at my Brooklyn book launch on February 11th.) Beneath that, an advance reader copy of Bad Princess.
And now, cue drumroll for … Desk #2!
Here’s the deal about Desk #2: it’s more of a work table than Desk #1. I don’t use it nearly as much—but when I need it, I really need it. I constructed Desk #2 out of a super-long Ikea tabletop so I can spread out manuscripts and illustrations. It also holds my printer and a Lucky Cat statue a friend gave me for my books.
As you can see, I also use Desk #2 for book outlines when I’m in Deep Revision Mode. When I showed my literary agent this next photograph, she deemed me her most organized author ever. J
Desk #2 also has a super-long bulletin board for pinning up photos, notes, and the like.
It has photographs of my twelve-year-old daughter and a drawing of sparrows she drew me for a birthday present. (I’m kind of obsessed with sparrows; they figure in a novel I wrote that will be published next year.) There’s also pictures of English gardens, and postcards from the Villa Foscari, located on the Brenta River outside of Venice—one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, and possibly one of the saddest.
So here’s the deal: the Villa Foscari is also known as the Villa Malcontenta. One story claimed it received this nickname because the owner’s wife was locked up in it after she angered her husband. However, another tale blamed the wife’s unhappiness on the humid summer weather of the Brenta River, which brought discomfort and disease. Whatever the truth may be, the postcards remind me of a happy day traveling in Italy with friends.
Finally, the bulletin board is used for posting encouraging notes, book ideas, and pictures of art I like. In short, whatever it takes to keep me inspired during the process of creating a book!
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3 winners will receive a finished copy of BAD PRINCESS, US Only.
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