Crowning Glory received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.
Following find an interview with author Stacy Harshman.
What is the name of the book and when was it published?
Crowning Glory: An Experiment in Self-Discovery Through Disguise. It was published on June 26th, 2016 and is available on Amazon.
What’s the book’s first line?
“At three in the morning, on eBay, I bought a long, red wig.”
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
Crowning Glory: An Experiment in Self-Discovery Through Disguise started when I bought a long, red wig one late night on eBay. When I put the wig on, I felt transformed into a fiery, sexy and bold woman. When I wore the wig out into the real world, I not only felt different, but people reacted to me very differently. Men and women both stared. One man threw his briefcase down on the ground, kneeled and asked me to take him home with him. I got a lot of attention. And I admit I loved it. I started wondering what it would be like if I had the same long hair, but in different colors. How would I feel as a blond or brunette? How would people react to me?
I decided to find out and concocted a 5 – week long experiment where I would live the life of a redhead, a blond, a raven-tressed woman and brunette. I even hired an assistant/spy to accompany me at all times and record data, like stare stats.
Crowning Glory is about the experiment and the adventures I have along the way. It is also the story of my struggles with bi-polar disorder and how the experiment helped me heal and cope with that in ways I couldn’t have predicted.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
Wearing the red wig out and about in Manhattan and getting so much attention. I was amazed at how different I felt — fiery, confident, and fun – which was a huge change from how I had been feeling. I had been fighting a long bought of depression, and this wig wearing was a weird miracle. It helped me feel good and gave me energy.
I decided to do the experiment out of curiosity and also give myself a steady structure and focus.
I was wondering about how I would feel and how people would react to me wearing the same wig but with different hair colors. As I pondered the idea of doing some big hair experiment and writing about it, I walked under David Letterman’s “Late Night” marquee and realized that people do Stupid Human Tricks. That was all the encouragement I needed!
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
Sometimes throwing yourself into something new and scary, even playing dress up for over a month straight, can lead to unforgettable adventures and experiences that show you who you really are.