Nadine Jolie Courtney is the author of Romancing The ThroneBeauty Confidential and Confessions of a Beauty Addict. Her fourth book All-American Muslim Girl will be published in 2019 by FSG Books for Young Readers. A graduate of Barnard College, her writing has appeared in Town & CountryCosmoELLE Canada, Refinery29, Vanity Fair online, Vogue online, and many other outlets. She starred on the second season of Newlyweds: The First Year on Bravo and lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband Erik and her daughter Aurelia. She is still waiting for her invitation to Buckingham Palace. Find her on Twitter @nadinecourtney and Instagram @nadinejoliecourtney

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Every time I make a proclamation about How My Blog Is Going To Be, I grow and change and the blog changes with me. So, I’ve learned to stop making grand proclamations. (Plus, I’m terrible at follow through. When I was a kid, my teachers were like a broken record: “Nadine starts with a bang and ends with a whimper.” “Nadine’s eyes are bigger than her stomach.” “Nadine bites off more than she can chew.” Okay, okay, jeez—lesson learned!) I still get overly enthusiastic about things, but at least now I know that brick-by-brick is more effective than jumping in the deep end sight unseen. (Usually.)

FAQs

Are you an author? A blogger? A journalist? What ARE you?

All of the above! I’ve had a long and winding road to now, but after years spent as a magazine editor and a beauty blogger (one of the first!), I took off my “blogger” cap in 2015 to begin focusing on my books full-time. In my time not spent combing berries out of my baby daughter’s hair, I’m a luxury travel writer.

How do you spend your time?

I’m a Santa Monica-based writer and mom–but not necessarily in that order. My writing time is done 1) during my two-year-old daughter’s increasingly-short afternoon nap, and 2) in the evenings after she goes to sleep while drinking copious amounts of red wine, wishing I had a nanny (when I make the JK Rowling bucks, right? right?!), and getting jealous of my husband for watching TV downstairs without me.

What’s your new book about?

It’s called ROMANCING THE THRONE and is about two sisters at English boarding school in a love triangle with the future King. (Think: Kate & Pippa, if Pippa dated William first.) My husband hates it when I say “it’s blah! meets blah!” but sometimes I am lazy, so: it’s The Other Boleyn Girl meets Gossip Girl. I’m a huge royalty fan, spent some time in England working in the polo world, and also VERY briefly worked for a fancy royal (shh), so I drew on all that experience to create a fictional read that I hope you find juicy. Click here to pre-order it!

So. A reality show, huh? What was that all about?

I mean, if Bravo came knocking on your door, would you say no? It was a wild and wacky thirteen months of filming, but I wouldn’t take back a single second of it. And, yes, Erik and I are still married.

What are your favorite books?

Where to begin?! Here are but a few of the many books I’m obsessed with (for all ages): Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby, Polo, Middlemarch, One Day, Goodnight, Moon, So Much For That, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Forever, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Little Prince, Atonement, The Fault in Our Stars, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Sun Also Rises.

Why did you stop beauty blogging?

I believe with every fiber of my being that all women deserve to look and feel their personal best. However, after 15+ years in the beauty industry–11 spent as a beauty blogging pioneer–I realized that things were changing too much for me to continue on. I still love the beauty industry and (hopefully) always will. But blogging has changed too much in the post-Instagram era for me to participate: it used to be about providing a service for readers. Now, it’s about racking up social media numbers. *** I played that game for a while, and it didn’t sit right with me: quite simply, it felt gross. I got into beauty blogging in 2005 because I wanted to connect with readers and I wanted to spread some rare, sorely needed truth. Then beauty blogging became popular, a Thing, and a job—and a job is about getting paid. Getting paid usually isn’t synonymous with truth: if you piss off the people writing the checks, checks don’t get written. I spent a couple of years hand-wringing, and then I finally realized I needed to take myself out of the game altogether for a while to cleanse my palette and get some perspective. *** Naturally, as my life has changed and I’ve gotten married and started a family, my priorities have changed, too. I want to write about my life and my experiences: and now they include marriage, and babies, and ailing family members, and travel, and midlife crises, and depression, and things that sometimes aren’t so pretty. My goal has always been to be a full-time novelist, and now that my third book ROMANCING THE THRONE is (almost) out there in the world, I’ve decided to put all my eggs in the books basket. *** For those blog readers who have been with me since the beginning, please know that I adore your loyalty. For new readers who are just coming to me, I hope you love my books, and I hope you can also find some good material in my years of blog archives to enjoy. It’s helpfully arranged into the topics I used to cover most: beauty, travel, personal, and of course royalty.
Thanks for reading, and here’s to the next chapter!