It’s Author Interview Thursday and I’m happy and sad. I’m sad because today will be our last interview for the year but I’m super happy because we have a full roaster of inspiring authors lined up for the new year. Some of the authors lined up for 2015, have been admired by yours truly from afar and I’m so glad we both get a chance to learn something new and inspiring. On the hot seat today is a lady from the beautiful state of Ohio. She is an international bestselling author and her book ‘True Colors’ has gained a fanbase on several continents. She writes in different genres and loves making authors look good. I’m so glad she’s with us today and please have her name etched somewhere on your medulla oblongata as I believe you’ll be hearing more of it in the days to come. She has a lot to share with us today, so please join me in welcoming Krysten Lindsay Hager.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the first time someone complemented you on something you had written?
I’m a writer who used to work in journalism. The first time I got attention for something I wrote was when I won a writing contest in the first grade. I won a little clown doll (a cute one, not one of those scary ceramic clowns that can give a kid nightmares) for a school-wide essay contest.
What can a reader expect when they pick up a book written by Krysten Lindsay Hager?
I always write with humor because even the most difficult times in life are easier to take with a little humor.
What role would you say social media plays in building an author’s platform and have you found it helpful in marketing your books?
I think it helps people know who you are as a person and a bit of what they can expect from your work. A lot of people who knew me before reading the book have said, “Oh, I can hear you in the novel.” Some people have said when Landry and her mom argue in the book about Landry modelling that you can hear me with my adult view of modelling versus my view of it at Landry’s age.
You write in multiple genres like Young Adult, Middle Grade and Adult Fiction. Has this created any unique challenges and how have you overcome them?
The only difference is some of the themes you touch on. I wouldn’t use anything political in a middle grade/YA book, but I can do that in an adult piece. And obviously any dating situation is different. But a lot of the emotions stay the same no matter what the age.
What were some of your favourite books as a child?
I love Judy Blume’s Just as Long as We’re Together, My Mother was Never a Kid by Francine Pascal, The Great Mom Swap by Betsy Haynes, and Goodbye, Glamour Girl by Erika Tamar. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-read those books.
What book or film has the best dialogue that inspires you to be a better writer and why?
F. Scott Fitzgerald has such a way with dialogue. The Great Gatsby is a favourite. I’ll never understand why they assign it in middle school though. I didn’t appreciate it until later in life.
How do you reward yourself once your book is published?
I may have bought myself a bracelet and a necklace, but I can justify them both since the bracelet is similar to the one Landry wears in the True Colors (with a heart charm) and the butterfly necklace will appear in the sequel, Best Friends...Forever?
Toy Story or Shrek?
Toy Story all the way.
What three things should a first time visitor to Ohio do?
Well, I’m a book lover so I’m going to say check out Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Books & Co—both gorgeous bookstores. There’s an Air Force museum here and I personally love the train museum with all the little miniature displays of houses and towns. I have to say though that it throws me not living near the Great Lakes though. I’m from Michigan and I miss the lakes so I try to get home when I can.
With Christmas around the corner, can you tell us the most memorable gift you received growing up?
I know I should say something like the gift of family togetherness, but let’s be honest, what can beat a Barbie Dream House? Kudos to my dad who spent ALL day putting that thing together…and was an awesome Ken…even if he spoke in a falsetto voice whenever he was Ken.
What can we expect from Krysten Lindsay Hager in the next 12 months?
I have a sequel to True Colors called, Best Friends…Forever? (Book 2: Landry’s True Colors series) coming out in 2015. I’m also working on another MG book, two YA ones and an adult humor novel. And I’m working on the third Landry book in the Landry’s True Colors series.
Where can readers and fans connect with you?
My website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Krysten-Lindsay-Hager/e/B00L2JC9P2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Any advice for authors out there who are either just starting out or getting frustrated with the industry?
If a writer is just starting out then I’d suggest taking a literature class to learn from the best—the classics. I’d also say to take as many classes on writing, literature as you can as well as going to conferences and workshops. You can never learn enough. If you’re getting frustrated then I’d say to write the story you want to read and not worry about whether or not it gets published. Take all that pressure off yourself and enjoy the whole writing process. The work will be a lot better that way and that will increase your chances of publication. Even if it doesn’t get published, the focus should be on the journey, not the destination.
Awesome! Thanks for not holding back and sharing so much from your journey. I think as authors we sometimes get frustrated and it’s because we take our eyes off of the ‘main thing’ – our calling to write. Please connect with Krysten at one of the links she provided. Check out Krysten’s books on Amazon and grab a copy for yourself or a loved one. Also remember to share this interview using the social buttons below and leave a comment. Merry Christmas!
Wonderful interview, Krysten and David! I agree what you said about injecting humor in your written works. Even a smile is a great way to make readers feel happy! Um…Toy Story? Shrek would crush them! LOL! Cheers!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. And I stand by Toy Story 😉
Thanks for having me on today!
It was fun having you on the hottest today Krysten. It’s a good Author Interview Thursday is taking a break for Christmas as it’ll give the seat some time to cool down before the next author takes it 🙂
Fun interview, and great advice for aspiring authors, Krysten! You’re doing a fabulous job getting yourself out there in the public eye, so I’m sure people will have you saved in their medulla oblongata (not sure how to make that plural)! Congrats!
Your kind words are much appreciated Patricia.
A school teacher used to throw that word – medulla oblongata – whenever he wanted us to remember something and I believe Krysten is an author we need to make room for in our M.O 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Patricia. 🙂 I think I’m more on the forgettable side, but I’d like to think someone, somewhere remembers 😉
Great interview!! Motivating. Thanks!
Krysten’s words were indeed motivational and inspiring.
I enjoyed your interview and getting to know you a little more Krysten. Sounds as though you can move deftly between genres which I really admire. Looking forward to reading your work.
Thanks for stopping by today Dean.
It’s always fascinating to meet authors who write in different genres. Glad to know you liked the interview.
All the best.