Move over Prince Charming

New author Pamela Causey Stanforth of London poses with her newly released book, “The Princess of Waterfall Castle.” The book was inspired by her granddaughters’ love of all things princess. The story showcases strong women characters who rise above adversity to ultimately save the day without the help of a prince.

(Posted March 30, 2020)

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer

In uncertain times, we look for something or someone to believe in. London author Pamela Causey Stanforth’s new book, “The Princess of Waterfall Castle,” shines the spotlight on a heroine whose belief in God gives her the strength to stand up for herself, her family, and her kingdom as she battles adversity in many forms.

Stanforth’s book was written before the coronavirus (COVID-19) became a threat.

“The book’s release is timely for today because we face the unknowns of a deadly virus, just as my characters face a pandemic of their own, with people dying from a strange fever,” Stanforth said. “It shows that there’s hope in spite of the fearful things we face. We, like the main character, Angeletta, have to keep our hearts focused and find joy in the little things.”

Stanforth’s desire to write stories for her granddaughters inspired the book. Their love for everything princess gave Stanforth the idea to write about a young princess who depends on God, unlike princess stories that depend on fairy godmothers or charming princes to save the day. Stanforth wanted to create a strong female role model, and her heroine saves the prince, instead of the other way around.

A keynote inspirational and motivational speaker, fine artist, feature writer and storyteller, Stanforth is originally from Natchitoches, La. She comes from a line of strong women, so writing about strong women came naturally to her.

“The women in my family live up to the name ‘steel magnolias’,” Stanforth said. “Four strong female characters in my book face adversity, and they still rise above it. The heroine’s mother in the book, Yalissa, resembles my grandmother, a medicine woman for our community who worked in cotton fields, cut cross ties for the railroad, picked pecans, and worked her own land while raising nine children after losing her husband.”

After hearing and writing the stories of many strong women in Ohio for a local publication, Stanforth, a “steel magnolia” in her own right, coined the name “graphene carnations” to describe the women she met. Graphene is made up of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice pattern and is 200 times stronger than steel.

“The Ohio state flower is the red carnation, and when I say an Ohio woman is a graphene carnation, I’m saying she is 200 times stronger than steel,” Stanforth said.

The message in “The Princess of Waterfall Castle” centers on humankind’s ability to rise above seemingly hopeless circumstances.

To order a copy and to sign up for Pamela Causey Stanforth’s mailing list, visit

Stanforth’s website,, is launching soon and will feature her artwork, book and more.

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