6 Questions About Prudence and the Custard Protocol Series: Answered

A few common questions, Gentle Reader, that I am asked about the Custard Protocol series.

1. Is this series Adult or YA?

These books are more like the Parasol Protectorate series: written with an adult audience in mind. Now, that doesn’t mean younger readers won’t like them, just that the protagonist is 20, the language can be elaborate, the book is longer than mose YA, and the series gets a little racy in content.

2. Do I need to have read the Parasol Protectorate Books or the Finishing School Books to understand what is going on?

Absolutely not. Each one of my series stands on its own. I always put in cookies and presents for those who have faithfully read all my books, but nothing that would damage a new reader’s enjoyment of the story.

Want someone else’s opinion?

LibraryReads: Lisa Sprague, Enfield Public Library (Enfield, CT) Says of Prudence,

“Yay! I was hoping we’d be seeing Prudence in her own series. Baby P (Rue to you) is all grown up and absolutely delightful.  First time readers will think it’s a wonderful book on its own merits. However, it becomes spectacular when we get to revisit some of the beloved characters from the Parasol Protectorate!”

(LibraryReads is the “top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.” It launched in September 2013 and is used widely in the library community.)

3. What has been your favorite thing so far about writing Rue?

Nothing, she’s a managing stubborn chipper bossy little madam!

Actually, I love her enthusiasm. Prudence has a tenancy to dash in and try to fix things without considering the consequences ahead of time. She does it out of pure love of the game, rather than anything else, so it’s hard to get mad at her for that. She does try so hard.

4. What does the fashion look like? 

1895. Chosen partly because of the insane looks sleeves. Here is a sample:

Don’t you just love those sleeves?!

5. Are Rue’s parents and/or Lord A in the book?

Naturally. Or should I say, supernaturally?

Bonus Question: How do you produce the “g” in Carriger?

It is hard as in GIR.

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