Gilding FAQ
What does the title Gilding the Lily-pad mean?

It’s a play on words–twice! The modern idiom “gild the lily” (meaning to unnecessarily embellish something that is already beautiful) was derived from the older saying, “paint the lily,” which was in use even before Shakespeare used it in King John in 1595:

gilded lily“SALISBURY:
Therefore, to be possess’d with double pomp,
To guard a title that was rich before,
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.”

To gild means “to cover with gold.” Gilding something that’s already made of gold is redundant and unnecessary. To “paint a lily,” which is already beautiful, makes no sense. As you can see from the excerpt above, the modern-day idiom “to gild the lily”–“to cover a lily in gold”–is a direct result of a writer garbling the original words of Shakespeare in the late 1800s. Over time, the mixed-up version eventually replaced “to paint the lily” in modern usage. Depending on how you choose to see it, “gilding the lily” in the title could refer to Leigh (an already-beautiful woman who finds herself moving from a trailer park to a palace almost overnight) or Roman (an already handsome and successful man embellished with a crown). Even building a beautiful house in an already beautiful tree could be considered “gilding the lily.” And, of course, the “lily-pad” in the title is a nod to The Frog Prince.

How did you come up with the idea to write Gilding the Lily-pad?
I didn’t, actually; a fan did. I was convinced that Leigh’s and Roman’s story ended with The Frog Prince, but I was wrong. In the summer of 2013, a fan on my Facebook page suggested that I do a Midnight Sun-like project for The Frog Prince. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Midnight Sun, it’s the Twilight story…told from Edward’s point of view. Stephenie Meyer abandoned it about half-way through after one of her friends leaked it on the internet but she put it on her website so you can still read as much as she wrote before she quit. I actually enjoyed Midnight Sun far more than I did Twilight. Reading about the man’s motivations in courting the woman was far more interesting to read about than the other way around. The suggestion that I re-write The Frog Prince from Roman Habsburg von Lorraine’s point of view—well, let’s just say that I sat up a little straighter and I was definitely interested! I began writing Gilding the Lily-pad on June 29, 2013; I completed it in on October 14, 2013. You can read more about the writing of the book in my blog Gilding the Lily-pad: It’s a Guy Thing”.
I think Gilding the Lily-pad should be made into a movie! Who would make up your dream cast?
Frog CastingClockwise from top left:
Roman Lorraine von Habsburg : Colin Egglesfield
Leigh Fromm: Ashley Greene
Kat: Candice Accola
“Princess” Menen Salassie: Judi Shekoni
Princess Isabella of Denmark: Olivia Wilde
Jason Stiebler: Ian Somerhalder
Elfriede Lorraine von Habsburg : Frances Conroy
I would love a sequel to the The Frog Prince/Gilding the Lily-pad, and I know I'm not alone. Will you ever write a sequel to these two books?
Gilding the Lily-pad (a Romantic Comedy) by Elle LothlorienThe Frog King (a Romantic Comedy) by Elle LothlorienI had so much fun writing and expanding the story of The Frog Prince in Gilding the Lily-pad that I decided that I wanted to tackle a sequel to both. I began writing The Frog King in 2014, but was sidetracked by another project. You can sample the first two chapters of The Frog King here
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