GUEST POST: ‘what inspired The Heir and The Spare’ by Emily Albright
Expected publication: January 18th 2016 by Merit Press
YA/NA > Contemporary | Romance
BLURB FROM GOODREADS:
Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.
In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.
Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.
I want to first thank the ladies of Her Book Thoughts for having me here today! My debut novel, The Heir and the Spare, is releasing from Merit Press January 18th and I’m here to tell you about some of my inspirations behind it.
You’re welcome anytime, Emily! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!
To start, the idea for THATS began with the royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William. I started thinking about Prince Harry. I wondered how his life, as the second son, might differ from Prince William’s. Would Harry have more freedoms? Less pressures? I was particularly curious when it came to the romance department. With that little seed planted, THATS quickly took shape.
Okay, now, this is probably going to sound awful, but there was only one character in the book who I had someone in mind as I wrote them. Clarice. She’s Evie’s mean grandmother, and she’s actually loosely based on my own grandmother, who wasn’t a nice person at all. Some of her facial expressions and sour attitude managed to seep into Clarice’s character.
And finally, Evie’s love of art history definitely comes from my own love of the subject. In college I took numerous classes and was only a couple credits shy of minoring in art history. But, being burnt out, I just wanted to graduate. Now, looking back, I do regret it. Especially since I enjoyed studying it so much.
Thanks again for having me, and I hope you all enjoy The Heir and the Spare.
Emily Albright’s debut novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, is releasing January 18, 2016 from Merit Press.
She’s a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).