MEET MY MUSE with S.A. Gordon
For the Young Royals series the initial inspiration came from thinking about how difficult it would be for Prince Harry to find the right woman to marry. The overall series inspiration, however, comes from Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana’s turbulent relationship with fame and the royal establishment has been well documented, as have her attempts to form romantic relationships in the wake of her separation from Prince Charles. These strands of her life appear throughout the Young Royals novels.
Diana is also a personal inspiration, and writing these novels is my way of trying to honour the life of a woman who made so many people happy just by being in the world. They’re also my way of trying to understand what made her life so difficult, because part of Diana’s appeal to the public, no doubt, was that she seemed always to be on the cusp of happiness and never quite in it. Her electric smile so often seemed like her way of making the world around her better because she couldn’t make her own world better. She was stunningly, publicly, vulnerable. People wanted to protect her; they couldn’t help but love her. And she was so lovable. The great tragedy for people like me who admired her was that she didn’t seem to believe that she was.
In writing about the fictional young royals – especially Queen Alexandra, who has ‘Diana’ as one of her names – I hope I show that members of the royal family struggle with their roles and with the weight of responsibility that comes with them; that they can be difficult and not always generous and kind, but that they try to do their best every single day. And that they are worthy of love. They’re isolated, really – there are so few people who can understand what their lives are like. Diana was isolated, too, and after her divorce she knew even fewer people who understood her. So perhaps writing these stories is my way of saying to her: You’re not alone. You are loved. And you will never be forgotten. Somewhere, somehow, I hope she’s listening.
The Queen: The Young Royals 2
There’s an empty seat beside her throne
Queen Alexandra Elizabeth Diana is newly crowned and newly single. But, contrary to popular belief, being a monarch doesn’t make the dating game any easier. While foreign royals and millionaires may be of a similar social standing, they are woefully inadequate when it comes to winning her heart. Alix needs someone who understands her world and who also sees that behind the crown is a young woman who just wants to fall in love.
But the situation may not be as hopeless as it seems. Someone Alix has known her whole life is secretly in love with her. And, while he may not have the breeding or bank balance expected of the Queen’s consort, nothing will stop him from trying to win Alix’s heart