And here’s another treat, dear readers! An interview with best selling romance author and award-winner Kristan Higgins!
1.Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I chose it because I loved it. All through high school and college, when I was reading Death of a Salesman or Ulysses, I’d reward myself with a book that was guaranteed to make me feel happy and uplifted, and those books were romance novels. When I thought about writing a book, that was my goal: to write a funny, quirky, honest romance that would make people laugh a lot and maybe cry a little.
2. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
There are dozens. I think romance has never been smarter or more able to push the boundaries of what’s expected. Sherry Thomas leaps to mind, and Anna Campbell as well…writers who understand that the only true “rule” is this: Write a great book.
3. Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
UNTIL THERE WAS YOU is a story of opposites attracting; Liam Murphy, bad boy of Bellsford High, returns to the town where he spent a few memorable high school years. He’s a widower now, trying to raise a teenage daughter and keep her from the type of boy he used to be. Posey Osterhagen remember Liam all too well; she was one of the many who worshipped him from afar. She’s not the type to attract male attention: a complete tomboy and happy enough on her own, but an unlikely friendship starts when Liam asks for her help in keeping an eye on his daughter…a friendship that leads to a lot more.
I love this book! It may be my favourite thus far. Liam is not only smokin’ hot and well aware of it; he’s a neurotic dad, too, and slowly facing up to some of the hearts he broke back then. And Posey…Posey’s got a heart the size of New Hampshire, even if she hides it under a lot of flannel and Carhartt.
4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
It wasn’t that hard, to be honest, but I had a huge advantage in that I was a professional writer before I tried fiction. Advertising and PR taught me a lot about writing on deadline, getting a reader’s attention, creating vivid prose, all that good stuff. And since I’d been reading romance since the age of 13, I understood the genre, all the good in it and what I wanted to avoid.
5. What’s your opinion about this e-book revolution?Would you consider the indie route?
I love the choices authors have, now that they no longer need to go the traditional route. But there are some drawbacks; the market is flooded with hundreds of thousands of self-published books, so it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. I think e-publishing asks an awful lot from an author, too—all the marketing, promotion, cover design, PR. All the self-pubbed and e-pubbed authors I know have an additional full time job inthat aspect, on top of writing and their day jobs (if they have them). But I also know writers who relish having complete control over their work, so if that makes them happy, I say go for it.
But for me, no, I wouldn’t go indie at this point in my career. I am incredibly lucky to be backed by the world’s biggest publisher of women’s fiction, and I can’t tell you how much they do for me. And I’m under contract for four more books, so my plate is very happily full right now.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
Social media lets me interact with my readers daily, and I think that’s a gift. It’s only as time-consuming as I let it be, and the reward is more than worth it, so I wouldn’t call it a digital triviality. The people who like my Facebook page or sign up for my mailing list do so because they want to hear from me, and I’m tremendously grateful and flattered. I love to be alone in my office, yes, but coming back to a bunch of emails or posts…that’s just wonderful.
Info about the author:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA award, Kristan Higgins has been called “a rising superstar in contemporary romance” by USA TODAY; “one of the most creative and honest voices in contemporary romance” by Romance Junkies and “the easiest of all my three kids to raise” by her mother. My One and Only received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named as the best book of 2011 by Barnes & Noble Romance Reads; and Until There Was You had USA.To know more, visit her website: www.kristanhiggins.com
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