The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐️
From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.
the princess saves herself in this one is the first book in the “women are some kind of magic” series.
This collection of poetry was straight from the soul. It’s really harsh but in such a good way, it really grips your emotions. I’m such a baby when it comes to poetry because I literally can cry so hard if the poem hits me, it’s like a smack in the face. Amanda writes in such a raw way it leaves me breathless. Every word on every page leaves you aching for more words, more words that fill you up, words that truly empower you. And she does this in just a few stanzas. I remember stumbling upon her novel through another indie poet, and I knew that this novel was a MUST read. Amanda released The Princess Saves Herself in This One as a self-published novel and is now signed with a publisher named Andrews McMeel, who if you didn’t know has other very promising poets signed under his name! Amanda really has the courage for all women in the world, by writing her voice she is giving other women a voice. This novel is more than just words on a page, it’s a reminder that no matter what someone is going through they have this voice and all they have to do is look inside them to see that it is already there, all along. This novel is incredibly powerful.
Amanda in all her words, truly inspires me to be a stronger women, today, in the moment and in the future. I’ve had the opportunity to ask Amanda some questions! Here is her mini author interview;
- What inspires you?
The thing is, when you’re a poet, just about everything inspires you. A single striking word. Images. Smells. Passing strangers. Fairy tales. Old family stories. Books. Poems. The freaking dictionary. Badass women (the real or fictional variety). TV shows. Recipes. Dreams (I’m a very vivid dreamer). Conversations that happen in the classroom. Insightful professors. Walks in the forest. I could go on and on. There’s nothing that touches me that doesn’t inspire me in one way or another.
- When did you first realize writing was an outlet for you?
I was 11-years-old. That was around the time when my home was broken in half, and I didn’t know how to deal with certain traumatic events. I was also taking part in some very dangerous self-harming behaviors. Writing was the only thing that calmed me without hurting me, so it’s been stuck with me ever since then.
- If you could change something in your life, what would it be?
I’m one of the most stressed out 25-year-olds you’ll ever meet. I would definitely slow down more. Meditate. Make more room to practice my craft and spend more time with my family. But as it is now, trying to work my “day job”, write, and be a full-time college student doesn’t make those things possible. At least not on a regular basis. But I graduate from college this spring, so hopefully I can make those changes sooner rather than later!
- What goals drive you?
Helping people. Always. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like they’re alone in their struggles. With the princess saves herself in this one, I hoped that I would be able to put words to aches such as child abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, and intimate partner abuse—the things so many of us silently suffer at the hands of, especially (but not limited to) women. A woman’s pain is always mocked or excused away, so we’re often afraid to be upfront about it. I was afraid for twenty-four years. But one day I decided it was my turn to at least try to lift the burden from the shoulders of other girls and women. In that process, I also lifted the burden from my own shoulders.
- If there was a fictional character who most represented you, who would it be?
That depends on the day. Today, I’ll go with Melinda from Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. Melinda is a girl who suffers an immense trauma (sexual assault) and decides that self-preservation is preferable to the backlash she would suffer from her family, friends, and peers if she let the event come to light. She quite literally silences herself for almost an entire school year until the hurt becomes so much that she feels like she’ll explode if she doesn’t finally tell someone. So she writes it down on a piece of paper and passes it along. Despite the negative reaction she receives from the receiver, her ex-best friend, Melinda doesn’t let it deter her. By the end of the novel, she tells another person and frees herself a little more. Melinda taught me that sometimes the act of liberating yourself is more important than the reactions of others. I’d like to think I did something similarly courageous with my book, the princess saves herself in this one. But I’ll let my readers interpret that as they wish.
- Your favorite quote ever?
My favorite quote is the one I have tattooed on my right arm: “i change the world; the world changes me.” It comes from Libba Bray’s novel A Great and Terrible Beauty. This quote, I think, reflects my own power and place within the world. Yes, it’s true that I have the power to change the world, but the world has the power to swoop in and change me right back. It could give me everything or it could take it all away as many times as it likes. Sometimes I need to be reminded that taking this life for granted could be dangerous.
- What is your favorite excerpt from your own novel? What story does it hold behind it?
If we’re just looking at tiny pieces of the whole, my favorite is actually the title of a poem, “silence has always been my loudest scream.” This comes from the “princess” section of my book, the section that tells the story of my childhood. The poem itself is a blank page, which is meant to speak for itself. I spent those years of my life terrified of speaking my truths, my pain. The neglect, the abuse, and everything else that followed. The act of writing and publishing the princess saves herself in this one, where I finally speak out, is, in a way, meant to fill in that blank. By the end of my story, my silence turns into a shrieking battle cry, a refusal to say silent for my own comfort or for the comfort of others. Overcoming the silence was one of my objectives for the book, and I did just that. It’s out there now, and if people don’t like it, then that’s perfectly okay. At least I was finally brave enough to let myself be heard after a lifetime of locking it deep within myself. At least I’ve helped people cope with their own dragons.
- Any current projects taking place?
There sure is! I’m currently working on my second poetry collection, the witch doesn’t burn in this one, set to be released by Andrews McMeel sometime in 2018. It’s much different from the princess saves herself in this one. princess is the story of my life from the beginning to the now, but witch is about how I’ve suffered—and how all women have suffered at the hands men and our patriarchal structure in general—and how we have overcome all the same. It’s a mix of the personal and the political and how those things are sometimes one in the same.
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