A Royal Christmas Quandary
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 6th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Readers looking for a light, fun read full of holiday mischief will be delighted by Samantha Hastings’ A Royal Christmas Quandary, perfect for fans of A Christmas Prince.
When you spend Christmas in a castle, anything is possible.
1860. Lady Alexandrina Gailey is looking forward to a cozy holiday at Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice, and her long-time crush, Lord George Worthington. But Drina’s plans are all but dashed when Alice’s parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, declare that Alice must choose one of two royal princes to become engaged to before Christmas.
There’s just one problem: George, a junior member of the Foreign Office, has accidentally misplaced one of the princes.
Together, Drina and George scour the town of Windsor for the missing prince, desperately hoping to deliver him to the royal dinner party with the queen none the wiser. They might just need a royal Christmas miracle to pull it off.
1) Do you prefer to write individual books or a series?
I’ve only done individual books so far. The romantic storyline is one of my favorite parts of any story and as a reader, I like to see it concluded in one story.
2) How do you keep inspired to write?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I saw “Little Women” in the theatre all those years ago. I honestly don’t need any inspiration to keep writing. I can’t seem to help myself! The words pour out of me at a pace that is hard to keep up. Not all the words are “good” so they don’t always end up in a story.
3) Where do you spend most of your time writing?
I have a desk in my kitchen, so I steal moments throughout the day. Sometimes, I get inspiration about a character or a scene and I make a “note” in my phone.
4) When you're not writing, what is your favorite thing to do?
Reading. My mom and I went to the library so much growing up that they offered her a job there. She didn’t take it. But I got a Masters Degree in Library Science and then I worked at that library. I have my favorite genres, but really, books are like food: I love variety!
5) If you were offered a month away anyplace in the world just to do your writing, where would it be?
I visited the Isle of Skye in Scotland and I thought it was one of the most beautiful and romantic places. It’s pretty remote, so I think I could get so much writing done there.
6) If you could do anything other than writing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would be a librarian again. I love being a matchmaker between stories and people.
7) Do you have a favorite drink at your side while you write?
Diet Dr. Pepper. I adore it with all of my heart. I also like to make it “dirty.” My favorite add-ins are coconut syrup, pineapple syrup, and cream for a Diet Dr. Pepper Pina Colada.
8) If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
Jennieke Cohen. I’m in raptures over her book Dangerous Alliance. She’s a very accomplished lady author and a friend.
9) Do you have a snack you like by your side when you write?
Popcorn. I love it with all of my heart.
10) What is the one thing you think yourself an "expert" in?
A lady never boasts, but if I had to pick one thing that I enjoy in my own writing, it would be the banter. I love wordplay!
Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. She is the author of THE LAST WORD, THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER, and A ROYAL CHRISTMAS QUANDARY.
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