Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
I’m Krysten Lindsay Hager and I’m originally from Michigan, but have moved a lot—including living on a Portuguese island for three years. I write young adult, middle grade, and women’s fiction.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve been writing for years and got my first book contract in December of 2013. Since then I’ve published eight books: three middle grade ones in a series and the rest are young adult books so far.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I just released In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety, which is a funny pop star romance. I’m working on the follow up to it now.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Sometimes you get comments from readers or reviewers about the mistakes the characters made in relationships. It’s what makes the characters realistic, but often times you get complaints because they went through something similar and they either message you or post comments wanting the character to react differently and reflecting on that can impact how you write.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
For my funny pop star romance Cecily Taylor Series, I read and watched a lot of biographies of musicians for info. I spent a lot of time doing this and I have gotten a ton of info that’s helped me with creating the characters. For my YA romantic comedy, Dating the It Guy, the teen guy in it was inspired by a JFK Jr. type, so I spent a lot of time researching what his private life was like.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
That your life will change in that it won’t just be about writing anymore. A lot of the joy of writing is taken away as you are now forced to look at what you want to write versus what others want you to write or what they think you should write. Enjoy the freedom to explore your creativity beforehand.
What do you love the most about the month of November?
I love the night before Thanksgiving and sitting and watching movies on the couch. You have the next day to sleep in and it’s just a cozy time.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
Bring it on!
City, suburb, or small-town? Combo! Suburb outside of a big city
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Dark chocolate
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel? Angel. Not taking any chances.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other? Valentine’s Day is actually my favorite.
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Biker boots
In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera Anxiety
Cecily wants a big life, but can she handle it?
Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she's dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily's best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila's boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she's never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she's lost two of the people closest to her.
Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?
More About Krysten Lindsay Hager
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist.
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Krysten-Lindsay-Hager/e/B00L2JC9P2