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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Karen M., whose dog just didn’t respect the squirt bottle but whose children might, send me your snail mail and book preference, and I’ll get that out to you! Thanks for being grouchy with me, folks. I feel much better.

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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See that cheery picture of me to the left? I don’t look like that anymore. I’m scowling. The winter is getting to me, gang. I’m in full curmudgeonly Yankee mode, so you have been warned! Also, I couldn’t think of anything else to write about this week, so… 

Things That Suck the Joy from Higgins’s Soul. 

  1. Snow. I live in New England. Enough said. Yes, there’s a lot. More will fall. It’s a pain. We get it. Stop posting pictures of your deck.
  2. Arguments about 50 Shades of Grey. I read the first one, sort of (skimmed it). It wasn’t for me. Lots of people loved it. Ms. James created a sensation and is fabulously wealthy now. The book and movie are controversial. WE KNOW! Got it! Okay? We got it!  
  3. The Beatles. Look. I love a lot of their songs. But is there anything new to say? No, there is not. Stop writing books about why they broke up.
  4. elsaLet It Go from Frozen. Can we agree that we’ve all heard this song enough?
  5. Republicans and Democrats not getting along/Washington is in gridlock. I think we’re all aware of this. (Higgins mentally forbids herself from breaking into Let It Go from Frozen.)
  6. The Kennedy assassination. Folks, let it go. (There’s that damn song again.) We’ll never know exactly what happened.
  7. Vague-booking. You know, those posts on Facebook or Twitter that say, “You think you know someone…” or “Feeling betrayed.” Grow up! If you have a problem with someone, discuss it with that person. If you can’t or don’t want to, phone a friend. Otherwise, you look like a needy attention ho. And does anyone really want to look like a needy attention ho?
  8. Hipster-lookHipsters. Listen, we all laugh at hipsters, of course we do! The beards, the wool hats in August, the emasculating skinny jeans on the boys (the word “men” does not apply if a male is wearing skinny jeans). But come on already. They’re silly. We get it.
  9. Any new version of the iPhone. If you feel the need to stand in line for 79 hours to get yours the day it comes out, you are free to do so. ’Murica, people. Just stop showing these folks on the news, okay?
  10.  My children bickering. Combined, they are 35 years old, yet, as demonstrated this weekend, they still fight about the bathroom, how good a movie was, and whose turn it is to shovel. Last year, I swore I would never use the squirt bottle on them again. That vow is now broken, as is my spirit.

 

Would you like to join me in some Yankee curmudgeonliness? Or would you like to list a few things that have cheered you up? One of you will get a free book for leaving a comment as an apology for me grumpy state.

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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Unknown-1One of the things we writers hate most of all is having to talk about our books before we’ve practiced. Fun Fact: Most writers are babbling idiots when it comes to discussing a work in progress.

Take, for example, me. 

I can answer “What’s your new book about?” because I’ve had time to practice. To write blurbs. To read the back cover copy my editor has so thoughtfully written. To reread the book in its final draft. 

But asking me about something that’s not finished? The dreaded, “What are you working on now?” Oy! Here’s a typical Higgins answer. “Oh! Uh…well, it’s about a guy, and a girl. Well, she’s more of a woman.” Random details begin hitting the author’s brain, buck-shot style. “She likes Italian food. Country music. Her hair is black, did I mention that? She has a red couch.” Focus, Higgins, focus! “And the guy? There’s a guy, I told you that already, right? He’s very…I love this guy. I mean, I love him more than I love Tom Hiddleston, okay? You know. Loki? What was the question again?”

The person who asked is now backing away, regretting that she ever approached me, and wondering how on earth I ever got a contract.

Unknown-2Another thing we hate is having to write a synopsis for our publisher. Jesse Hayworth and I have wept many bitter tears over this aspect of our job. Obviously, the publishing house needs to know what the book is about. First love? Billionaire/virgin? Reunion romance? Sports? “I don’t know,” I say.

“Give us anything, Kristan,” they’ll beg. “Just a few lines.”

Oh, how they regret this later when they read the synopsis! “After a series of events that show the hero and heroine are perfect for each other, they have a misunderstanding and break up” is a favorite trick of mine. I’ve also written such meaningful lines as “Life interferes, screwing everything up.” Also, “Sexy time ensues.” My editor is quite fond of that one.

My reputation for synopsis writing is so bad now that I don’t have to send one in until the book is almost finished. This is because once, Harlequin marketed one of my books based on the synopsis, only to find that everything had changed when I wrote the actual book. I still have an ad somewhere that says, “The love doctor has no love life!” (Sorry, Harlequin. Still.)

UnknownSome authors can’t talk about their books at all, so, in panic, they blurt things like, “It’s good! It’s really good! I love it! You will also love it!” They may or may not be lying. We’re generally discouraged from saying, “It’s a career-ending bomb, but I hope you’ll read it anyway.”

So the next time you get a look of terror when you ask an author what they’re working on now, be gentle with us.

(Oh, and my next book? I really love it. I hope you will, too.)

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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Kristan will be presenting three workshops at RWA; one with Tracy Brogan, one with Alesia Holiday and Elizabeth Hoyt, and one all by herself. She’ll also be on a panel for Librarians Day about how authors find their ideas. 

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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