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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge: A Biography for Children
As of today, I’m happy to announce that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge: A Biography for Children is available in both Kindle and paperback versions.
More about my latest “royal baby:”
Why did you write this book?
As long-time readers and friends no doubt know, I’ve been a royal junkie for years. This dates back to the days when Diana came onto the scene in the early 1980s. I was in high school at the time, and was totally drawn in by the pomp and pageantry. What girl doesn’t love a good princess story?
During my eight years as an elementary teacher, I always taught my students about the royal family. It was fun! Then Kate Middleton came onto the scene, and frequently I found myself wishing that I still had a classroom to share the royal news with. One day it dawned on me: why not write a book on Kate, aimed at elementary-aged kids? A search of current books out there didn’t reveal much about Kate, despite her fame. As a former teacher, I felt that this biography had my name written all over it.
But Kate Middleton isn’t her name anymore. Why did you put that in the title?
I know, I know. I get this a lot. But here’s the thing: even though you and I know that Kate Middleton isn’t her name anymore, a whole lot of people don’t. A whole lot of people still search for information about her as “Kate Middleton.” I tried to cover as many search bases as I could by keeping “Kate Middleton” and “Duchess of Cambridge” in the title. It’s not perfect, but it’s called SEO (search engine optimization). It’s a reality of writing in the internet age.
What’s something neat you learned about Kate while writing this book?
I came away from my research into Kate with a real appreciation for her. Even though today she’s seemingly living the perfect life, she didn’t always have it so easy. She was bullied during her time at one school she attended (I wonder how those bulliers are feeling today!). She waited around pretty much her entire 20s in the hope that Prince William would propose, and she did her waiting in a patient, regal way worthy of a princess (or duchess :)). I learned also that she has a degree in art history and that she’s a savvy amateur photographer (you may have read that she and sister Pippa are taking the first public photos of Prince George, expected to come out any day). In many ways, she’s an excellent role model for girls.
Who would enjoy reading this book?
I wrote this book thinking of the fifth-grade girl who needs to write a book report on someone famous. Betsy Ross just doesn’t spark her imagination, nor do the various NFL athletes she finds in the library. But Kate Middleton — a real-life princess? Now that would be fun to read about. I wrote this book for those kids. Also, for adults who’d enjoy spending about thirty minutes learning more about this down-to-earth duchess who looks so classy.
Here’s where you come in: I would love to get some reviews on the book over at Amazon. That helps potential buyers know what they’re getting. I’d also love mentions at your blogs, Facebook, Goodreads, wherever. Word of mouth is the way to sell books!. Feel free to recommend the book to friends, your local library, etc.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge: A Biography for Children.
*Want to win a paperback copy? Head over to Goodreads; there’s a giveaway there (see the bottom “widget” along the right side of my blog for a direct link there).