It’s a new year. To my mind that gives me a fresh start. A chance to do something new, and exciting, and hopefully helpful to the world in some small way. So it’s extremely serendipitous that my Princess Pulverizer series is hitting bookstores on January 16.
Yup. A new series. In a new year. Right now.
When I started writing the series over a year ago, I had no idea just how important the story of a princess who doesn’t want to be trapped by societal norms might be. I never dreamed how badly the world would need a Quest of Kindness, in which good deeds are the goal of all the main characters.
But that’s where we are right now.
I assure you, there’s nothing political about the Princess Pulverizer books. I don’t write “lesson books.” I don’t hit kids over the head with “messages.” Because I’m in no position to preach to anyone—least of all kids. In general, the books in the Princess Pulverizer series are just funny books about an imperfect kid who fights wacky bad guys like liverwurst-loving wizards, hairy, smelly ogres, and lactose-loving giant trolls. That’s by design. Because I really want kids to laugh as hard and as often as they can.
Because there’s just too much crying right now.
I am really, really excited for everyone to meet Princess Pulverizer. I really relate to her. She’s impatient. A little selfish. And sometimes even a little snobby (okay, a lot snobby). And she’s pretty bad at sharing—which anyone who has ever tried to share food with me can tell you is a problem she and I have in common. But Princess Pulverizer is trying really to correct all of that. She’s trying to be a better person.
Which is what we should all be working toward right now.
The more kids read, the more they use their imaginations. The more they use their imaginations the more they learn to problem solve. And let’s be honest—we have a lot of problems that need to be solved. I always figure, if I can make kids laugh while they read, I can get them to read more. And that’s why Princess Pulverizer has been paired with Dribble, a dragon who uses his fire to make grilled cheese (let’s face it, grilled cheese is kinda funny), and Lucas the Lily-Livered, a knight-in-training who is afraid of…well..everything.
I’m having so much fun writing these books. The dog thinks I’m crazy because I laugh so hard while I’m writing. Sometimes I even snort because I’m laughing so deeply. No really. A big old, unlady-like snort. Which somehow seems appropriate.
So I’m hoping you and your kids will head to your local bookstore and pick up Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons or Princess Pulverizer: Worse, Worser, Wurst.
(Or actually on January 16—because that’s when the Quest begins!)