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She’s funny. She’s delightful. She’s a damn good writer. She’s Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

In today’s ongoing series of Q and As with bestselling authors  – we feature the delightful and talented Kristan Higgins (contemporary romance author and women’s fiction author).  Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than fifteen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus and Romantic Times. She is a four-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction. You can connect with Kristan via her website and blog. On her facebook profile page. or her facebook author page, on twitter

What was your first book that hit a bestseller list? What was the list, where did the book rank when it first hit, and how high did your book get?

AIEWfcreissueKH: ALL I EVER WANTED hit the USA TODAY list…I forget where, but let’s say it barely squeaked in there. It stayed on for two weeks, and I was utterly thrilled!

What were you doing when you found out you hit the bestseller list? And how did you celebrate or mark the occasion?

KH: I think I was sitting on this very porch, and my editor called me. I said, “Are you even kidding? Don’t joke about that stuff!” We were both so excited!

For that first time, my husband took me out to a fantastic restaurant, and told the maître d’ “My wife’s book just hit the USA TODAY list!” The restaurant people brought over champagne, and when dessert came, they wrote “Congratulations!” in icing. It was like a dream. Plus, I didn’t have to cook.

What does being a “successful author” mean to you?

Kristan Higgins at a book signing.

Kristan Higgins at a book signing.

KH: I think success means knowing that my books have had an impact on readers. Books are meant to be read, after all; I’m not writing just for my own entertainment. But loving my work is a part of success, too, because if I hated writing and didn’t care about the end result, well, where’s the joy in that? And there’s a financial component in there, too, somewhere. My original goal was to earn enough so that I wouldn’t have to wait tables part-time. That goal has been surpassed. It’s nice to be paid for the work I do, but if I only made as much as a part-time waitress, I’d still be writing.

Some authors are great at it, while others can’t find the right formula, but in order to be a success in today’s market, you have to do promotion. So, what are the top three things that you do consistently when it comes to promotion?

KH: I write everything myself—I answer all my email, posts and messages, I write my own newsletters, every Tweet and Facebook post comes from me. I think that’s important, because it connects me with my readers, and that bond can’t be underestimated. I also think you can tell when you get a note from someone’s assistant, and that strikes me as ungrateful in a way . . . here the reader has told you how much she loved your book, and you don’t even read it? You don’t have five minutes to answer? I just couldn’t do that.

Kristan with her dear friend  (the wonderful) Kim Castillo

Kristan with her dear friend (the wonderful) Kim Castillo

I deliver a consistent product. When you go to my Facebook page, read my newsletter, follow me on Twitter, read my blogs, you’ll always know it’s me (see #1). All those posts contain the same tone as my books—they’re warm, approachable, often funny, heartfelt and talk about everyday life. I’m not whining about how mad I got in traffic or “vague-booking” about my problems, because that’s not what my readers want to hear about. They want the me of my books. My friends and family are there for the bad traffic days.

I write more books. It’s easy to believe that if you just promote enough, your book will get attention. I don’t think that’s true. Readers can’t be fooled or manipulated into loving an author. It’s always about the book. I know authors who are great on Facebook and write ragingly popular blogs about publishing, authors who have ten times the Twitter followers I have. But that’s not what I’m doing for a living. I don’t want to be a social media whiz; I want to write books. My readers want me to write books. You have to choose how you spend your time.

What is one thing you absolutely LOVE about being an author and one thing that makes you BONKERS?

Kristan is a dog lover and dog owner. She says most of her books have dogs in them because "life without a dog is pretty lonely to contemplate."

Kristan is a dog lover and dog owner. She says most of her books have dogs in them because “life without a dog is pretty lonely to contemplate.”

KH: I love when I understand my book. It usually takes 265 pages, and then I smack my forehead and say, “So that’s what this book is about!” I would sincerely love it if this moment could take place on page 10 and have killed several roosters under the full moon to try to change this, but all for naught, I’m afraid. Page 265 seems to be a thing with me. (Author disclaimer: I really haven’t killed any roosters. But I’ve been tempted.)

The thing that makes me a little bonkers is the phrase “churning them out” in regard to writing two books a year. First of all, in the romance genre, that’s not terribly fast. Secondly, it implies that I’m just going through certain motions. I don’t. Every book is different. Every book is hard. Every book has a chunk of my heart in it. There’s no formula or button or crank. It’s my heart on the page, almost literally. I want to say to those people, “Churn? Churn them out? It’s more like I gave birth to an alien baby covered in spikes, okay?”

beyondsunrise2014Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

i_cant_complain_lgKH: Mary Balogh for her beautiful prose and wonderful characters; Elinor Lipman for her wry, wise, joyful voice; Marian Keyes for her sense of humor; Robyn Carr for her moral compass; Stephen King for scaring the pants off me.

What are you currently working on?

KH: I’m working on a women’s fiction novel called ON SECOND THOUGHT. It’s about two women who find themselves abruptly single and end up living together while they try to come to terms with the reality (and end) of their relationships. And it’s about second chances, too.

In your daily work routine what do you do first and why? A. write/plot/creative B. social media/promotion C. email/admin

IYDfc-smallWOYfcKH: C first because I always have to check and see if there’s something from my editor or publicist that needs taking care of quickly. Then B would come second, usually because there’s a note that says something like if you could have this by today, that would be so great! Then comes A, because I like to have uninterrupted time to work creatively, so I clear the runway, as it were.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

KH: I’m on my front porch!

Finish this sentence: I’m a writer because . . .

Kristan Higgins's upcoming release IF YOU ONLY KNEW will be out on Aug. 25. Pre-order and you can win a $500 VISA gift card. Check her site for details. http://www.kristanhiggins.com/

Kristan Higgins’s upcoming release IF YOU ONLY KNEW will be out on Aug. 25. Pre-order and you can win a $500 VISA gift card. Check her site for details. http://www.kristanhiggins.com/

KH: I think I’d go a little crazy if I couldn’t be. I don’t know what nonwriters do all day? Talk to real people? That seems so uninspired!

KH: Thank you so much for having me today! I loved your questions, and it’s a huge honor.

Kristan is running an awesome contest for her upcoming book. If you pre-order her upcoming release IF YOU ONLY KNEW, (before Aug. 25) you can enter a contest to win a $500 VISA gift card!

You can connect with Kristan via her website and blog. On her facebook profile page. or her facebook author page, on twitter. Kristan also writes for The Jaunty Quills blog. 

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THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by ELOISA JAMES (historical romance and CONTEST GIVEAWAY)

ladyx_350SATURDAY SUPER SPECIAL!!! AMAZING CONTEST! see details below:

Eloisa James’s New Release THREE DAYS WITH LADY X is out NOW!

It just hit #11 on the NYT besteller list! and #37 on the USA Today list.

ELOISA is currently running an amazing contest! You can win 1 of 4 treasure chests filled with jewelry!!! (scroll down for details).

BOOK 7 in the Desperate Duchesses series. (You do not need to have read any of Eloisa’s previous books to read Three Weeks with Lady X – but you will want to!)

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SYNOPSIS:
Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his.

The one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose–his fierce and lawless heart.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.eloisajames.com/bookshelf/ladyx.php

CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X:
“James’ wonderful cast and effortless plotting make this a delicious romance to be savored again and again.”
~ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

CONNECT WITH ELOISA JAMES ONLINE:

Web site: http://www.eloisajames.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eloisajames
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EloisaJames (@EloisaJames)

10171809_10152274428679854_5812494429851810829_nCONTEST: Reminder — WEEK 2 of X Marks the Spot Scavenger Hunt! I’ve dropped clues all over the internet (FB, Twitter, Tumblr & Pinterest) if you find them all, come back here to enter. You could win 1 of 4 treasure chests filled with jewelry! All the details are on the “X Marks the Spot” app here on my fb page. Look for the large pink X for all of the contest details.
**mobile users – you must enter from a browser window or from a computer. The FB app won’t allow you access to the contest app**
#threeweekswithladyx

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ELOISA JAMES bio: A reviewer from USA Today wrote that she “found herself devouring [Eloisa’s] book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Eloisa wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got a couple more degrees and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. Over twenty best-sellers later, she teaches Shakespeare in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City. She’s also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

For info about books, visit www.eloisajames.com Or ask a question on Facebook (where Eloisa spends entirely too much time): https://www.facebook.com/eloisajames And then drop in on her very romantic, very Eloisa Tumblr blog, a labor of love: http://eloisajames.tumblr.com/

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AWESOME GIVEAWAY – FREE BOOKS AND MORE!

by Joanna D’Angelo

AS SOME OF YOU KNOW I’M THE NEW VP EDITORIAL AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING (http://lachesispublishing.com/) (YAY! I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT). :D

WE’RE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING A NEW WEB SITE BUT IN THE MEANTIME WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU A TASTE OF SOME OF OUR TERRIFIC BOOKS!

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DEBORAH JACKSON’S “TIME MEDDLERS”
(BOOK 1 in the “TIME MEDDLERS” YA SERIES (Young adult fiction at its finest! I’ve read the entire series and it’s AWESOME! I love it!!!  We have a new one coming out in 2012.  TIME MEDDLERS” INFO   and EXCERPT (click on the link to read an excerpt and find out more about Deborah Jackson).

Matt and Sarah are 13 going on—trouble!  When they discover a time machine that Matt’s father Nathan, a noted scientist created, they get into a mess of mischief.  Matt’s father has been absent for years, and Matt was raised by his “guardian”, Nathan’s assistant Nadine—a very mysterious and nefarious woman. Matt believes that his father is stuck in a time warp and that Nadine put him there.  But when Nadine pushes the kids into the time machine, Matt and Sarah find out just how deadly dangerous time travel can be.

J.M. GRIFFIN’S “FOR LOVE OF LIVVY” (BOOK 1 in the fun/entertaining and absolutely delicious VINNIE ESPOSITO MYSTERY SERIES) “FOR LOVE OF LIVVY” INFO (click on the link to find out more about J.M. Griffin).

After her favorite aunt is found dead and a suspicious box is mysteriously left on her aunt’s doorstep (now her home), criminal justice teacher Lavinia Esposito, a.k.a. Vinnie, wants explanations.

But, having cleared the package of explosives, the local cops are startled by the precious stones which were found inside and addressed to Aunt Livvy. Frustrated by the cops’ refusal to share their theories, Vinnie takes investigative matters into her own hands.

Vinnie is soon dragged into situations beyond her control, finding herself in hot water with the law, the crooks, and her Italian father.

Willing to put her life at risk to find out what really happened to her beloved Aunt Livvy, and why jewels would be sent to her aunt, Vinnie plunges ahead with her tenacity, bravery, and keen wits to solve and survive this mystery.

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Erik Knight, a small town private investigator, always knew he was different from everybody else. His keener senses, heightened awareness and an enhanced physical strength that could be called upon by his sheer will, always came in handy on a case.

But when Erik becomes involved with a team of high profile investigators and local police trying to locate a girl who was kidnapped in the middle of a playground amongst dozens of adults and children—he is thrust into a dark world of pure evil. The search evolves into a full-scale manhunt into the eerie and desolate woodlands of the Hopedale Mountain.

After a lethal encounter and a fatality, Erik and the investigative team realize that who they’re dealing with isn’t a man, but quite possibly a sentient predator not of this world—with a hunger for young children.

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HAVE FUN AND HAPPY READING!

Cheers,
Joanna D’Angelo

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