Princesses in the Making
by Laurie Alice Eakes
Dressed in a silk bodice and velvet skirt, the princess strolled along the corridor of the palace, laughing and chattering with her ladies in waiting on their way to the dining hall, where. . .
|Princess Grace of Monaco embodied every American girl's dream of commoner to royalty|
Oh, wait, that was just me in cotton blouse and wool skirt meandering down the halls of my elementary school, giggling and chattering with my friends on our way to the cafeteria for another lunch of tuna sandwiches and apples where nothing would happen. But that wasn’t where my imagination took an ordinary day. With a flick of my mind, my ordinary clothes became luxurious garments, tile hallways marble corridors, a cafeteria full of shrieking girls and shouting boys metamorphosed into a great hall bursting with fine ladies and heroic knights.
And I was the princess.
Ehem, setting this egocentric thinking aside, this shy, bookish child in nerdy glasses needed something to boost her self confidence. The truth was, I was almost embarrassingly obedient to authority, bullies made me cry, and I was more likely than not to throw something at my elder sister when she made me mad, which was often. In my imagination, however, I faced all dragons—adults—with aplomb, bullies with fortitude, and my older sister with dignity.
Somewhere along the way, I started writing stories, though many years passed before I tackled a novel. That first effort is still around, tucked into a sub, sub, sub folder on my computer somewhere likely to never see the light of day. The point is, I wrote it from start to finish and loved the process. My princesses were born.
Nothing I’ve written has included a princess, not even a royal princess as a secondary character, though Esther Cherrett in Choices of the Heart has rather been treated like a local princess until recently. She likely wouldn’t have the issues she endures during the story if she had been treated like an ordinary young woman.
Yet if my heroines were ordinary young women, they wouldn’t be ordinary. Instead, they are women seeking their place in the world within historical context from Clarissant, the perfumer who mustn’t let anyone know of her business or social scandal will ensue, to Tabitha, Phoebe, and Esther, the women in my midwife series fighting internal and external battles, to Cassandra, who wants to fly balloons in 1812 England.
From that shy little girl cocooning herself in stories of princesses in silk and velvet, an author emerges to share her tales of extraordinary ordinary women with you.
Choices of the Heart is my twelfth novel published and is the third book in The Midwives series from Revellbooks. 2012 presented the release of three novels, as well as two novellas in collections, and the acquisition of two Avalon books by Montlake, the publishing arm of Amazon, making them available on Kindle. Five more books and a novella are scheduled for release over the next two years.