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Friday, April 10, 2015

INTERVIEWING A PRINCESS!

By Susan Sheehey

In researching for PRINCE OF SOLANA, I had the rare privilege of interviewing a princess of Namibia, Ms. Nene Nwoko. I stumbled across her name from another writer in our critique group who took an acting class with her and was kind enough to share her information with me.

Who gets to speak with real royalty? Research gold for my series!

Nervous about speaking to a princess
Right before our call started, I was suddenly nervous, getting to speak to a real princess. I had a list of questions written out, by topic, hoping not to take up too much of her time or ask the wrong question. I didn’t want to blow my only chance at this incredible research opportunity.

First of all, Nene was a joy to speak with, extremely personable and seemed down to earth. She had a slight accent, but was fluent in English and sounded like she grew up in the States. Nene briefly explained her family, and while drastically different than the scenario I’ve depicted in my series, I couldn’t pull the phone away from my ear.

Nene Nwoko


Her father is the brother of the current king in Namibia. The king (her uncle) has more than twenty wives, and over fifty children. The family tree and dynamic she explained was fascinating.

They aren’t ultra-wealthy, like the royals of the UK or Denmark, and many of her family members live in the United States (herself included). They lead normal lives with families, jobs, and careers. Amazingly enough, she lives right here in Texas.

Namibia in Africa


Though she is married, she explained an interesting custom that the eldest daughter of the king traditionally never marries. Her cousin is a representative of the royal line, and the eldest son inherits the throne. Nene is an actress, model, and entrepreneur. She created a commercial advertising and marketing firm.

When she asked about the books I’m writing, she was genuinely intrigued, especially since it was an international setting (though far from Africa).

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Overall, the interview lasted about an hour, and several of my questions had her laughing. Such as were they restricted by what clothes they had to wear, or what places they could go to (much like my interpretation of the British Royal family). I felt like such a newbie, but she was more than gracious enough to answer my questions.


After the interview, I had some valuable research for my series, and I laughed at how nervous I was before the phone call. One of the biggest things I learned was that you never know who will cross your path in the simple conversations you have every day. Just put yourself out there—put your work out there—and see who’s reading. J

Map of Namibia from Wikipedia
Image of Nene Nwoko from Idb

8 comments:

  1. Susan, what an interesting post. How exciting to hear from a genuine princess. I look forward to reading your release.

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  2. Great post and very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Really interesting. I bet you were a bit nervous.

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  4. Susan, what a fun interview that must have been! She is a lovely lady! Looking forward to your book coming out!

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  5. Wow. I love the information! I am fascinated that you got to talk with a real princess and she's very different than I would have thought.

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  6. PRINCE OF SOLANA is out now via ebook and paperback on Amazon, and the sequel, JEWEL OF SOLANA is almost finished!

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  7. How fun to talk to a princess! Great post, Susan.

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