Krysten Lindsay Hager is a young adult author who writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, celebs, and values. She writes the Landry’s True Colors Series and the new Star Series (Next Door to a Star, Competing with the Star). Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton. You can follow her at: http://www.krystenlindsay.com
What inspires you to write?
I loved reading when I was growing up and so many of the middle grade and young adult books I read then shaped me as a person. I remember reading on my bed one day and thinking how amazing it must be to be the author of the book I was reading and how it must feel to touch people’s lives that way. I always wanted to write a book that did that for someone else and I wanted to write teen fiction since it had touched my heart.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t have a formal outline, but when I’m working on a book for one of my series books, then I do have an idea of what the story will be ahead of time and the subplots. I write at night and in the early morning. I edit as I go, which is something a lot of writers prefer to do at the very end when they are finished, but I find it helps me to get back into the story easier if I begin with some editing before I begin to write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My creative writing professor told me to always listen to my characters and let them take me where they want to go and not the other way around.
Who are your favorite authors?
Judy Blume, Sarah Mlynowski, Ann M. Martin, Cathy Cassidy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cathy Hopkins, and Jen Lancaster. The Great Gatsby is my favorite book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I heard a lot of good things about both of my publishers and enjoyed the books they put out.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks will become more and more popular, but I don’t see print books ever going out of style.
What genres do you write?
Young adult, middle grade, New adult, women’s fiction
What formats are your books in?