Happy Thursday everyone! The weekend is almost here. Huzzah!! Today I’m excited to take part in a blog tour for Truly Madly Royally. A really cute contemporary that is on the top of my bring-to-the-beach-this-summer reading list. I’ve got a fun guest post written by author Debbie M. Rigaud, and a giveaway for 2 chances to win a copy of Truly Madly Royally for yourself!
Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do? What’s holding you back?
Sadly, there are so, sooo many things. I can’t name just one. On the top of my list are to be a trained dancer, trained singer and to speak French fluently. But the wild thing is, I’ve danced on stages and in a popular music video before, I sang lead in a small band (only like three gigs), and I’ve translated for a French friend and French-speaking relatives. So, maybe what I need to learn is how to shake off imposter syndrome.
Too often my focus is fixed on the idea that I don’t know enough. That’s because I wish I had a more scholarly approach to my interests. As a kid, I loved baseball. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the Mets play at Shea Stadium, and later, at Citifield. But did I ever carry around those scorecards some fans did? Could I tell you my favorite player’s stats or the team’s origin story? Not likely. The same with publishing, TV, and history. I’m not one to ramble off names of authors, producers, historical figures and dates. Heck, sometimes I can’t even recall book titles correctly. Over the years, these symptoms have given me mean bout of imposter syndrome.
Perhaps this is why I felt at home being a magazine journalist. As a reporter, your job is to research a topic well enough to explain it to readers. You approach things as a student would, and turn to the experts for help. You understand that you are not the expert. I think I enjoy leading writing workshops and connecting with aspiring authors for this reason. I present well-researched information and share it with an audience in a way that’s accessible and fun.
Thankfully, I’m turning a corner. More and more, I’m embracing my role as a “generalist.” And for those times I get stumped, I’m getting comfortable with saying “I don’t recall” or “I don’t know.” And of course, if all else fails, I can always turn to Professor Google.
~Debbie M. Rigaud
About the author
YA author Debbie M. Rigaud began her writing career covering news and entertainment for magazines. She’s interviewed celebs, politicians, social figures and “real” girls. Her writing has appeared in Seventeen, CosmoGIRL!, Essence, J-14, Trace, Heart&Soul and Vibe Vixen, to name a few. Her first YA fiction writing was published in the anthology HALLWAY DIARIES (KimaniTru Press/September 2007).
Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
Published by Point on July 30, 2019
Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She's excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she's definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who's an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming...and undeniably cute. Zora can't ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother's big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora's not sure it's something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that's like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.