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Interview with Krysten Lindsay Hager

Today we have Krysten Lindsay Hager, author of young adult contemporary romance In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety, here for our first interview of the new year! Check out her interview below, and then check back on Friday for an excerpt from In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety!

What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?

I have the ability to remember useless entertainment facts and random things a person told me well over a decade ago in passing yet I struggle to get a garbage bag into the trash can without falling in. That and I once lived on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and didn’t go mad despite there being no bookstore available.

Are you more of a plotter or a panster when you're writing?

Pantser for sure. However, when writing a series I do have to have a teensy bit of an idea where the story is headed.

If you could bring to life any of your characters, which would you choose and why?

I think Allie because she’s a loyal friend who has common sense and everyone needs one of those. I’d also like to sit and talk with Andrew the pop star for a while because he’s a deep thinker.

What show would your character(s) binge watch?

The Gilmore Girls. She also watches Hallmark movies because she liked happily ever afters.

You're stranded on an island. What two books would you bring with you and why?

I actually lived on an European island and there wasn’t a bookstore that sold English language books, so this is something I’ve thought about in real life. I’d bring The Great Gatsby and The Bell Jar if the books have to be novels. If I can bring whatever then I’d bring The Great Gatsby and the Bible.

What's your favorite 90s jam?

This is a tough one. Freedom 90 by George Michael maybe? Although truth be told, I turned up Informer when it came on the radio the other day. All. The. Way. Up.

Why did you choose to write in the romance genre?

I like to bring hope and happily ever afters to people.

Tell me one unique fact or quirk about one of your characters.

The reason the pop star, Andrew Holiday, starts getting anxiety doing live radio interviews is because those are the ones that used to freak me out! Oddly I didn’t get as scared going on camera as I did on live radio. So I wrote it into the story for him since I had experience with it. I’m happy to say I was actually calm for the last one I did!

What inspired your book?

I wanted to give a character everything she thought she wanted (dream career, dream boyfriend, dream opportunities) and let her see what it was really like because you never factor in the scary or anxious parts of your dream life when you’re a teen. So I let Cecily get a chance to embark on an acting and modeling career and date her favorite singer and have to deal with both the good and bad of it all.

If you only had three lines to tell readers about your book, what would you want them to know?

It’s funny, it’s realistic, and it has a happily ever after.

About In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety

Cecily wants a big life, but can she handle it?

Cecily Taylor Damone 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. 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 lost two of the people closest to her.

Was her perfect relationship real, or was she in over her head?

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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, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2), Dating the It Guy, Can Dreams Come True, and In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety.

Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist. Best Friends...Forever? is a 2019 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Children - Preteen genre. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient. ​Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.

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Krysten Hager
Krysten Hager
Jan 08, 2020

Thanks for having me on!

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