Here is the interview!
1) What was the inspiration behind “The Escape of Princess Madeline”?
“The Escape of Princess Madeline” began as an escape for me. I actually wrote this book several years ago, while working in an office. That position didn’t fulfill my creative needs, so on my lunch breaks, I began writing. One day, over my tomato and cucumber salad, as I was doodling in my notebook, a light bulb went off in my head. Suddenly, this story began unfolding in my mind…every day during lunch, I picked up where I had left off, and a month and a half later, the first draft was finished.
2) Why did you decide to write fantasy?
Fantasy to me is the ultimate escape. It is easy to lose yourself in these different worlds filled with princesses, knights, castles, and wizards. There is a level of charm, adventure, and romanticism that has always enchanted me as a reader. Growing up, even as young as elementary school, I wanted to be whisked away to these lands, share in the adventures, and create magic. So when I began writing and as ideas began to flow through my mind, fantasy was the genre that I was drawn towards. I really wanted to capture something that a younger reader and early teen would enjoy.
3) If you could have coffee with three authors (dead or alive), which ones would you choose?
Oh, that’s a tough one. Of any three, I would have to say:
1. Dr. Suess- He has always able to enchant and charm.
2. Shakespeare – He’s just a legend, and balances comedy with tragedy so well.
3. J. K. Rowling- What she has accomplished and gone through is a testament to following dreams.
4) Name your top three favorite books.
Another tough one… I have to admit, these are books I could read over and over again. Either for the lessons skillfully weaved throughout, or just the pure light entertainment, these are my favorites.
1. Ken Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth”
2. Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”
3. Piers Anthony, “The Incarnations of Immortality” series
5) How has the publishing experience been for you thus far?
It has been fantastic! I started this journey with no expectations, or ideas how to go about it, so each new step has been an adventure. It’s been a wonderful discovery of new friends, new resources, and new challenges each day.
6) What project are you currently working on, if any?
I am currently working on the sequel, “The Battle for Princess Madeline.” Now that Princess Madeline has found her future, how far will she go to protect it- a true battle between good and evil.
The Escape of Princess Madeline
The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom… a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.
Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.