Thursday, March 23, 2017

Featured Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager

Welcome Today's Featured Author 
Krysten Lindsay Hager !!

Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager 
(YA contemporary romance)

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

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 About Krysten Lindsay Hager :

Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is a also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes young adult, middle grade, new adult, and adult fiction as well as humor essays. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows (she's addicted to American Dad to the point where she quotes episodes on a daily basis and also loves Girl Meets World).
Krysten 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, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.
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Interview With Krysten Lindsay Hager: 

1. Can you tell us a little about your book?
Dating the It Guy is about a high school sophomore named Emme who ends in up doing a group project with the senator’s son, Brendon Agretti. Brendon is the guy every girl wants to date and every guy wants to be—the it guy. Emme and Brendon start dating and she finds herself feeling overwhelmed in his world. It’s a romance, but we also see Emme’s relationships with her grandparents and how she deals with her insecurities. It’ll make you laugh and cry.

2. How do you come up with your characters names?
I’ve always liked the name Brendon after watching a cartoon years ago called “Home Movies” where the main character was a kid named Brendon. I came up with the name Landry for my Landry’s True Colors Series because my mom suggested it. She had a student named Landry before I was born. And Hadley, from my Star Series, came from a small town in Michigan we used to drive through on our way to the beach.

3. When did you know you wanted to write a book?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but I knew I wanted to write Dating the It Guy after watching a biography on TV about JFK Jr. and started wondering what it would have been like to date someone like him back in high school. The story went from there.

4. Do you have a favorite food or drink you must have nearby when writing?
I’m a Pepsi addict—it gets me through long nights of editing. I love frozen chocolate dipped bananas. 

5. Do you have a favorite spot to write?
I write in either my office or my living room. I just moved into a new office this summer and I’m still getting used to it. I just got bookcases and decided to decorate them with washi tape. 

6. What is a usual writing day like for you? How is it structured?
I don’t write every day, but I work on something writing related every day. I write at night or very early in the morning. 

7. For a reader who hasn't read your books yet, which book do you suggest they start with?
If you like romance then Competing with the Star or Dating the It Guy. If you like character driven books then my Landry’s True Colors Series or Next Door to a Star. All the books have humor and my characters all wear their hearts on their sleeves.

8. If you could spend 24 hours as a fictional character, who would you chose?
I’d like to be my 14 yr old character Landry Albright with her sweet and thoughtful basketball player boyfriend and the beginnings of a teen modeling career. I think it’d be fun to go back to that time so I could get more material for my books! 

9. What are writing projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on a YA book about a girl who meets her favorite pop star when she’s cast in his video. I am also working on a new adult book.

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