Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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I have a confession to make, gang. For the past few days, I’ve been on a staycation. I finished a book and for the first time in, oh, twelve years, I’m not under contract. I don’t have a deadline. I have two finished books in the hopper and so I find myself…relaxing.

Most of the trips I take are work-related. Once in awhile, the kids, McIrish and I go somewhere, but I always have to work at least a few hours a day. But this past week…nope. I’ve had some work-related tasks—I’m giving some workshops and panels at a conference in a couple of weeks, and I had to go over the copyedits of my next book. I taught an online class one afternoon.

But mostly, I’m doing nothing. And it’s wonderful. I’ve seen a bunch of friends, spent some time on the phone, read books on the porch, taken naps, gone shopping, got a manicure. Yesterday, McIrish and I went into New York City on the spur of the moment to watch some of the Pride Parade and have dinner at the place we’ve been going since we were engaged—Porto Bello on Thompson Street.

I think this staycation may be the best vacation of my life.

Have you ever taken a real staycation, where you try to enjoy things closer to home? I’d love to hear about them.

Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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imageIt’s no secret that we women love our girlfriends—we have book clubs and best friends from every phase of our life, and we can talk to our besties at a level of such intimacy and trust, and it’s WONDERFUL.

Until it’s not. Until someone regrets being a little too open.

I had that happen with a friend. You know how it can be—instant best friends, you just hit it off so fast, and it’s kind of thrilling. It’s like in college, when you got assigned a roommate, and holy heckerama, she’s PERFECT for you.

And then…you find out something. Once you know it, you can’t un-know it.

In my case, a friend had told me about her dramatic family life. The stories were full of tragedy and sorrow and her own resolution and love and how she overcame and gave of herself, and I was sitting there, half in love and completely in awe of her and all that she did.

Except, as the years wore on, it turned out she didn’t do all those things. And when it became clear that her stories contradicted each other—and I asked for clarification—she got kind of wriggly. Sort of like I asked about the truth according to Version 1, and she didn’t want to untangle the contradictions in Version 2, so it was just easier to not talk about it anymore.

husband-shares-list-of-what-makes-his-wife-cryIn a different scenario, much like that in If You Only Knew, a friend of mine was The World’s Best Friend to a woman who’s husband was cheating on her. She was the shoulder to cry on, the Listener, and she was so, so supportive. But then, the wife forgave the husband (insert screech of indignation here). And my friend was left out in the cold. She knew. She knew the happy family presented on Facebook was largely fictional, and she knew the husband was a complete creep, and she knew everything!

The cheated-on wife just couldn’t face my friend anymore. Every time she saw my friend’s face, she was reminded of her husband’s infidelity and lack of morality. She wanted to forget it…but my friend was a reminder.

IYOK mm fcIn If You Only Knew, Rachel is dealing with the fact that her husband seems to have cheated on her. Where do you turn but to a sister? Who else would be as fierce a protector as a sister? But then, if you decide to try to work things out…if everyone deserves a second chance, what about that sister who still hates your husband for what he’s put you through?

Oh, I just love a sloppy mess of human emotions, don’t you?

Have you ever been in this kind of position? You know I’d love to hear about it!

Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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watermelonIn the book I’m writing now, the character had an absolutely wretched adolescence. This is because I think most people had an absolutely wretched adolescence. I did! Lordy, I felt downright cursed at times. Recently, my daughter had the audacity to look at pictures of her 12-year-old self and call herself a dork. Princess, please! You have no idea! None whatsoever, you of the shiny hair and huge eyes and long eyelashes and Snow White skin! You who have never been overweight or asked why you’re so hairy by a boy or who was foolish enough to do a gymnastics routine in front of the entire school! Get to the back of the line, missy! I own teenage misery, thank you very much!

Where were we? Oh, yes, writing.

Nora, my heroine, has a lot in common with me as a teenager…except she has it worse, because in fiction, it’s just more interesting if the characters suffers. So it made me think of all the horrible ways we women suffered from the ages of, oh…twelve onward.

Not being comfortable in your own skin. I don’t think there are too many adolescent girls who look in the mirror or take their showers every day and think, “Gosh, I love myself and these exciting new changes! What fun!” Nora and I…we just woke up one day, four inches taller than the night before with these uncomfortable bumps on our chests and manly hair on our legs.

379120894_1280x720Social anxiety. Whether you seemed to have it all together or you were trembling in a corner, I think adolescence breeds worry. Am I popular enough? Are these friends true? If I go to that dance, will I have someone to talk to? What will I wear? Will it be okay? Will I get invited to that party? If not, how can I pretend it doesn’t matter? God, aren’t you glad you’re not a teenager anymore?

Changing family dynamics. Poor Nora. Her dad leaves the family when she’s eleven. This is not taken from my own life, happily. But adolescence was that dreadful time when I started to realize my parents didn’t have all the answers, that they were flawed, and, well…human. Not reassuring.

d_ZgMC_nLove. Nora falls in love when she’s a teenager, as most teenagers do. It’s horrible. She knows it’s horrible, and it brings her no pleasure whatsoever, and NO, he’s not the hero of the story. But she loves him just the same, in that aching, wretched way that happens when you’re well aware that no happily ever after awaits. Me, I didn’t fall in love as a teenager. But when a boy fell in love with me and dumped his girlfriend—my very good friend—I got pulled into the melee of teenage hormones and emotions just the same. We never recovered from that, my friend and I, even though I can honestly say I was blameless and gobsmacked. I understand, though. Still, it’s a shame.

So now I want you to be very brave and admit something wretched from your tender adolescent and teenage years. There’s safety in numbers. One of you will get a copy of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, in which Posey, our heroine, endures the world’s worst prom this side of Carrie…and manages to end up a pretty great person nonetheless.

Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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KissesOnAPaperAirplane.v3As a debut YA author, I was feeling like Goldilocks as I looked over the schedule of events at a recent romance conference. I should attend a promo workshop, or pitch my new manuscript to a really big agent? Truth is — promo scares me to death, and that really big agent isn’t going to rep me. Not in a bazillion years. I’m not there…not yet.

Instead I opted to play YA Jeopardy. Since my mind retains useless factoids about pop culture, and little else, I was very good at this game show-style quiz, and so was the other middle-aged lady at the table who happened to be seated next to me. I could tell we were kindred spirits. If I didn’t know the answer, she did. We rocked it. The authors running the program to promote their books completely ignored the two dumpy middle-aged ladies gleefully shouting out answers. They rightfully focused all their time and attention on the three professionally-styled age-appropriate readers, all sporting dainty tattoos on their tiny wrists, on the other side of the table.

The correct response to the next question was “Princess Leia.” Giddy with knowledge, I leaned closer to my partner-in-crime. “I love Leia, but Marion Ravenwood is my girl.” Not expecting any response from her, I was completely taken aback when she looked me straight in the eye and said, “Marion Ravenwood is a total badass.”

Takes one to know one, I thought.

When the session ended, a young woman rushed up to my new BFF. The girl was visibly shaking. Her words tumbled out of her mouth in a stream of anxiety. “Excuse me,” she said. “Are you Famous Author? You are the reason I’m here today. I saved my money and came to this conference just to get the chance to meet you. I’ve read your book five times. Can I get a picture with you to show to all my friends to prove that I actually met you — live and in person?”

I had goose bumps from head to toe. I was almost as excited as the book fangirl. And in that moment I knew I’d learned all the secrets of book promo I’d ever need. I’ve written them down here in an easy-to-memorize list:

  1. Write a good book.
  2. Be kind to your fans.
  3. Write a good book.
  4. Did I mention write a good book?
  5. Be a total badass.

What’s your top promo tip? As a first-time author, I’m dying to know.

Kisses On A Paper Airplane

by Sarah Vance-Tompkins

Drama student Hannah Evans isn’t kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She’s determined to share the perfect first kiss — with the perfect boy — in the perfect place — or she’s not kissing at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he’s ‘The One.’

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and the supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he’s worried she’s just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BTEUL86

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/kisses-on-a-paper-airplane

SVTHeadSarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She received an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, and went on to work in feature film development. Prior to film school, she wrote and produced radio and television commercials. A working writer, she has been paid to write everything from obituaries and press releases to breathless descriptions of engagement rings. She and her husband, The Handsomest Man Alive™, live in Southern California with three cats.

 

 

Kristan Higgins

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Kristan Higgins is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been called "perfect entertainment for a girl's night in" (Booklist), "hilarious and heartfelt" (Romance Junkies) and "the best I've ever read" (Kristan's husband).

Kristan is the mother of two lovely children, the wife of a firefighter and the owner of a very naughty dog. She loves to eat out, watch movies and of course, read.

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