Meet Krysten Lindsay Hager, Author of True Colors, Best Friends Forever?, and Next Door to a Star
KLH: I’m a book addict who has never met a bookstore I didn’t like—I love to read. I’m the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series and the new YA Star Series. I write about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, celebs, crushes, values, and self-image in True Colors and Best Friends…Forever? as well as in, Next Door to a Star. I have two new books coming out in 2016: Landry in Like (Book 3 in the Landry’s True Colors Series) and Competing with the Star (Book 2, the Star Series.) I’ve lived in Michigan, South Dakota, Portugal, and now I live in southwestern Ohio.
BBB: What inspired your book series?
KLH: A teacher of mine told me I should write the book I wanted to read and I thought back to all those great young adult and middle grade books I read growing up. I used to turn to books when I was having a difficult day at school dealing with friends or feeling like I didn’t fit in. I wanted to create a character that was like me and wore her heart on her sleeve, dealt with insecurities and went out trying to find her tribe—where she fit in versus where she wanted to fit in. Both Landry (the Landry’s True Colors Series) and Hadley (Star Series) have those traits. I also wanted to add humor to the books because I always loved books that could make me smile.
KLH: Landry Albright is the type of girl who wants to wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in. In the beginning of the first book, she has to deal with frenemies who pretty much unfriend her when she advances in a TV reality show modeling competition without them. She has to step out of her comfort zone and find friends who she can be herself with and find her “tribe.” She is an introvert who wears her heart on her sleeve and doesn’t like confrontation, but as the series goes on, you see her getting advice on how to deal with frenemies and being yourself.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
KLH: I just finished the third book in the Landry series, which will be out early 2016 and is called Landry in Like. I am finishing writing the sequel to Next Door to a Star, which was my YA book that just came out in September. I had so many people wanting to know what happened to Hadley, that I began working on the sequel and it should be out in early spring next year. It’s titled: Competing with the Star, and deals with Hadley who is a teen living next door to a former teen TV star. Hadley always felt invisible at her old school and has moved to a beach town and made new friends—including Simone, the TV star. The new book will follow with Hadley and her new boyfriend, Nick, and Hadley will find out that Simone may be interfering with Hadley and Nick’s relationship.
KLH: You can see what I’m up to on my website and all my social media pages here:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Krysten-Lindsay-Hager/e/B00L2JC9P2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1