Silver Princess - Lea Carter
If you're looking for a charming, clean, and enjoyable coming of age story told from a unique point of view, then I strongly recommend Silver Princess.
Rebecca is the main character who is quickly thrown into a situation that is over her head. She meets someone new and her whole world is turned upside down. She suddenly realizes that life is not quite what she thought it to be and there is a lot more going on surrounding her father's kingdom than she ever imagined.
The romance between the two main characters is sweet and innocence, quite possibly my favorite part. It was so nice and refreshing to see them become awkward friends and only, ever so slowly, realize that they meant something more to one another.
I also love that the story wasn't wrapped up in a neat little bow as I turned the last page. It's obvious that both characters still have some growing and maturing to do and I'm anxious to see what becomes of them.
Some Bio Information
Lea Carter (1982-??) was born in Neosho, MO, the youngest of eleven children. Between working on the family farm, attending Church and school, and playing with her siblings, she somehow found time to write. Her work progressed from childish attempts to recreate the magic she found in the books that she read to competition-winning short stories, published annually in the Crowder Quill.
1. Which character in Silver Princess is your favorite?
I don’t have a favorite character in Silver Princess. I like them for different reasons. Hugh is strong and “street” smart. Rebecca is so willing to learn from other’s mistakes. Angela’s picture should be under the definition of “friend” in any dictionary!
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I’m always thinking stories, I guess most people would call it daydreaming. Occasionally one of the characters in a story will be incredibly real, as if they’re a close friend who has popped into my head all at once instead of me spending years getting to know them. I don’t often write short stories, but I do occasionally scribble down enough clues that if I wanted to write out the story later I probably could.
3. What inspired you to write this book?
This started as a writing exercise, an attempt to see if I could vividly describe a horseback riding accident I had as a teenager. I guess I got bored with that, though, because the next thing I knew, I was dealing with an almost completely different story.
4. Describe your favorite place.
In Fairydom? I don’t think I’ve been there yet. Recently I learned about another tribe (came as a surprise to me, too) and they mostly live in the sea. I’m really excited to “visit” them!
5. What is your perfect writing environment look like?
Lights off and quiet, water bottle handy but no snacks. I like to have soft, sleepy music playing in my earbuds, something my mind can coast on.
6. What does your writing say about you?
That I’m a peculiar mix of fact and fiction struggling to “come of age.” I guess. :-D
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
To offer a clean read that can be enjoyed repeatedly. One of my favorite books is The Shining Years, by Emily Loring. I’ve read it at least a dozen times. But when I sat down and read it again earlier this week, I still read almost every page.