Real Life Princesses – an Interview with the Author

Hey GirlMoguls – we recently told you about the treasury of Real Life Princesses – a new book series about real life queens and princesses.  We got to ask a few questions about the series with the author Shirin Yin:

1.       What do you think girls can learn about leadership from this series

Well, in a way these princesses leave us without excuses. Some of them came from times and cultures where the barriers against women being able to lead were enormous compared to those we still face today. When Artemisia was a child, girls were supposed to stay inside the house. Nur Jahan came from a culture where she was never supposed to even show her face. Even in Ancient Egypt, where women had many rights compared to other parts of the ancient world, and where there had been many powerful queens, Hatshepsut was the first queen to say “I’m doing the work, I should get the recognition” and declare herself Pharaoh.

2.       These princesses were important because of who they, but they never would have gotten a chance to “shine” if they hadn’t been born to or married the “right” person – what can the modern girl take away from this?

Well, I’m not sure that’s quite true. It would be unfair to think that these girls had it easy—that their paths were greased just because they were princesses. No doubt there were many advantages to being a princess, not least their proximity to power, but, you also have to remember, for example, that of all the Ancient Greek princesses over hundreds if not thousands of years, Artemisia is the only one that we know of who found a way to learn how to sail a ship! She is the only one we know of who led a navy. And then, as the sole woman surrounded by a cohort of men, she outshone them, not only with her prowess, but with her courage and honesty. In fact, in Ancient Greece, as in many cultures, the higher your birth, the more secluded you often were.


So I think the point here is that each one of these princesses did what even other princesses had failed to do. The modern message is that whatever the limitations you face, however much or little is expected of you, however hard or easy your particular position in society makes it, you can do more than that. You can do what nobody might expect of you—and everything that you want and expect for yourself.

3.       Do you have a favorite princess? If so, why

I think Qutlugh is my favorite princess because she betters the traditional fairy-tale. Here’s a princess who was beautiful—so beautiful that wars were fought over her. But better than that, she was wise—so wise that the people overturned tradition and asked her to stay on as their ruler. How fabulous then that what she is remembered for is neither her beauty nor her wisdom. Instead, she is remembered for her compassion, for proving time and again that there was room for mercy. I love that! In my opinion, beauty’s not a bad thing to have, wisdom’s even better, but the best thing, surely, is to be kind.

4.       Do you think there are things girls can do – even when they’re “young” to get themselves ready for success, or greatness?

I’d say, pay attention. Look around you and think about you see. What is good? What is fair? Why are people doing the things they’re doing? And look inside you. What do you like? What interests you? It’s easiest to be successful when you are following a passion. And to be great, I think you need to know what you stand for.

5.       Anything else you would like share or highlight?

For those of your readers who might not have heard of us before, I’d like to invite them to check us out at For those of your readers who are already fans, I’m happy to share the news that we are launching a new series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames, this October!


Win The Magnificent Twelve – The Call

The Magnificient Twelve the Call by Michael Grant
The Magnificient Twelve the Call by Michael Grant

Hey GirlMoguls, now that Harry Potter is over have you been jonesing for a new series to sink your teeth into?  Well you should check out The Magnificent Twelve  – The Call a new fantasy, sci-fi-ish series by Michael Grant.  It’s a totally fun and funny book with the main character Mac an unlikely hero – for one thing he is totally ordinary – height, face, hair, abilities.  And he’s afraid of everything, name a phobia, this kid has it!  The book alternates between events a long time ago, when a band of heroes defeated the Pale Queen and banished her to eternity forever, which since they couldn’t count very high back then was only 3000 years – and now, those 3000 years is drawing to the close, and a new band of heroes must be called.  And Mack is the first.  And he brings with him Stefan, formerly Richard Gere Middle School’s most terrifying bully but now Mack’s body guard.

Mack starts his quest and finds the second of the 12- Jarrah.  And the big bad evil this time – Risky, the Pale Queen’s daughter.  With a million dollars and a credit card, Mack and his crew are set for adventure – you’ll love the funnies in this book and look forward to the next one.
Ready to get it – well a lucky reader can win a SIGNED copy from Michael Grant, the author, from GirlMogul.  All you have to do?  Tell us your favorite phobia (a fear of…), with bonus points for the scientific name in the comments below and we’ll pick a lucky winner to get a copy of The Magnificent Twelve: The Call, by Michael Grant.  The book is also available at and all bookstores.

Win a Roxy Duvet Set

Win A Be True by Roxy Duvet Set
Win A Be True by Roxy Duvet Set

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Daisy here and we have an awesome giveaway sponsored by Roxy – they’ve given us one  Roxy Be True bedding duvet set to giveaway to a lucky reader… (LOVE IT!)

This bedding collection is totally fab and cool – and normally you would have to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond and pay $99.99 for it – but you can win it here…

The collection includes a duvet cover in twin/twin xl, pillow sham, and pillow case.

You can also get it in the Full Duvet Cover Set (129.99) or the Queen Duvet Cover Set (149.99), plus decorative accessories like pillow and dust ruffles – check out for more details..

How to Win…

To enter to win tell us why your room deserves a makeover – we’ll pick a winner at random and send them the Roxy Be True Duvet Set – just post your answer in the comments below…

*Note we can only ship to US addresses for this one….Thanks!