I’m Krysten Lindsay Hager and I write about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. I write the young adult series, the Star Series, about a teen who moves to a beach town and winds up living next door to a teen TV star. I’ve also written Dating the It Guy as well as a funny middle school series about an 8th grader named Landry who is looking for true friendship called, the Landry’s True Colors Series.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. I was always writing little stories when I was in school. I’d turn a page in my notebook and jot down story ideas or hide a piece of paper under my math homework so I could write. When I was in college I went over my needed amount of English lit classes because I was so into them.
Tell us about your book, and the story behind writing it
My latest book, Dating the It Guy, is about a girl named Emme who starts dating, Brendon, the popular son of a well-known senator. Brendon is the guy every guy wants to be and every girl wants to date and pretty soon Emme feels out of place in his world. She has to deal with all that comes with Brendon’s life and learns he has a lot of expectations on him to carry on the family name. I enjoyed working on this book because I loved the humor Emme carries with her even when she’s dealing with difficult family situations with her grandparents. I wrote the book after watching a biography on John F. Kennedy Jr. and wondered what it would have been like to have dated him in high school.
What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?
The biggest challenge is trying to balance the business side with your creative side. The admin side of things can really take over and you often find yourself struggling to get time to write.
Do you have a specific writing space?
Yes, I write mostly in my office, but sometimes I take my laptop into my living room. I’m not someone who likes writing in coffee shops. I need quiet and I don’t like people walking around. I hate distractions when I’m working.
What’s your number one piece of writing advice?
My number one piece of advice is to take as many classes and go to as many conferences as you can to learn the business side of things. I always recommend taking literature classes as well as creative writing classes.
What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
I just finished The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. It’s a modern retelling of Jane Eyre. I am reading Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman right now. It’s a YA book about a girl who gets cyberbullied.
Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?
My professor has us read Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton in a literature class and it really impacted me with how Sarton made her writing such a priority. That professor influenced me by the many books and writers she introduced me to like Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, and Charlotte Bronte.
How do you market your writing?
I do blog tours when I have a new release and I like using social media.
Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?
Back when I was in a sophomore in high school, I got sick both on Elvis Presley’s birthday weekend (in January) and again the weekend of the anniversary of his death (August). Due to this, I have seen almost every movie the man ever made. I’m only missing two! My favorite is G.I. Blues. They’re actually really cute movies and very sweet. Some of my favorite happy Elvis songs are from those movies.
Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks.
Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues.
Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating
Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.