What could be better than to embark on a delightful journey on a lush African island with Brielle, a New Yorker who discovers she’s actually a princess? Along with the royal storyline, I appreciated reading about the family dynamics along with enjoying a bit of romance. From the time I first saw the cover, I knew Toni Shiloh’s In Search of a Prince was a book I wanted to read, and I was not disappointed. This novel is a nod to the Princess Diaries, but with much more depth. There are themes of self-identity, following God’s call, and forgiveness. I’m excited to pass this novel on to my teen daughters because I know they will enjoy it as much as I do!
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The Writer’s Desk with Toni Shiloh
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel Grace Restored was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, and Risking Love was a 2020 Selah Award finalist. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike. Connect with Toni on her website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Bookbub, and sign up for her newsletter for all the latest news!
Q&A with Toni Shiloh
TG: Everyone always asks for an interesting fact, we’re going to flip the question. What is one boring fact about yourself?
TS: Lol, I love that. I would say one boring fact is that I make my bed daily. I cannot help myself.
TG: Where did you get the inspiration for In Search of a Prince?
TS: I was inspired by the marriage between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It made me want to dream a story of a Black princess and from there, my imagination took over.
TG: Do you have any habits or rituals as a writer?
TS: I always pray before I start my writing day. Whether it’s praying over a first draft, revisions, edits, etc. Then I pull up the music playlist I created for the novel, press play, and work on the manuscript.
TG: What habits would you encourage others to take up to be a more productive writer?
TS: Try and write at least three times a day. Getting in a daily habit signals the brain to show up and be ready for productivity.
TG: What do you snack on or drink while writing?
TS: I usually don’t snack when writing but do take breaks to snack. Or sometimes I munch on salty items because they’re easier.
TG: How do you overcome writer’s block?
TS: With the help of my critique partners. I know at least one will be available to help me brainstorm or see the story in a new light.
TG: Are you an “edit-as-you-go” writer or do you wait until the very end before you do any editing?
TS: I wait until the very end. Editing is painful for me and I try to avoid it until I can’t.
TG: What would you say is the most common mistake new writers make?
TS: That’s a tough one! No two people are alike. I think a lot of new writers, don’t know when to stop revising and editing. They spend so much time on that one book that they don’t develop the writing muscles for subsequent novels. I would encourage them to keep writing new stories, keep the mind engaged in dreaming up ideas.
TG: What is the best piece of writing advice you’re ever received?
TS: That even in fifteen minutes you can get words done. That 100 words here or there is better than 0.
TG: What is coming up next for you?
TS: I’m currently writing a story for Love Inspired and enjoying the journey my characters are taking me on.
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More about In Search of a Prince
It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.
Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell–Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.
Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?
“I love a romance populated with characters you can truly root for. And this one has that and more. Coupled with Toni Shiloh’s winning voice, it’s a story not to be missed.”–OPRAH DAILY
“Shiloh brings all the feels to In Search of a Prince. This romance with a touch of mystery will stay with you long after The End.”–New York Times bestselling author RACHEL HAUCK
“Beautifully weaving together fairy tale and reality, In Search of a Prince gives us the modern princess we’ve been waiting for. I enjoyed every moment.”--BETHANY TURNER, award-winning author of Plot Twist
“Shiloh delivers a fun, contemporary romance delightfully full of favorite romantic tropes that also convey serious messages of faith and destiny. It is refreshing to see dynamic Black characters in the genre, and readers will be eager for this modern-day fairy tale.”--LIBRARY JOURNAL starred review
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