This lady just keeps hitting homeruns.
INTRO: Hi Kristan. Welcome to ENLR. We’re thrilled you had time to come by. I know you’ve been doing lotsof blog stops and interviews. I thought we might have some fun today getting to know writer behind such awesome books.
I am thrilled to be here, and thanks for calling the books awesome! Your review of MY ONE AND ONLY was so generous…You are well on your way to being my new best friends.
Q: Tell us about Kristan, the person. Are you married? Kids? Pets? Where do you hang your hat?
I am married and have been for a good long while to my sainted husband, whom I call McIrish. We have two Lotto children, in that we got incredibly lucky—they are the most wicked awesome kids ever, and we own them! I’m from Connecticut and, after college and a sojourn in New York City, McIrish and I moved back to my little hometown to have kids and be wholesome.
Q: Do you have an “official” writing spot? Describe it for us.
I do! I used to have a dank, unheated little room in the cellar of our house, which I fondly called the Pit of Despair, but I recently moved to an attic apartment down the street…the Lair of Despair, if you will. It has windows, sunlight—it’s very exciting! Low ceilings that invite you to bump your head, a tiny kitchen, lots of plants, my little puppy, Willow…it’s a home away from home. And my mom gave me a Keurig for Christmas, so what more could I want?
Q: As you answer these questions, what are you drinking right now? What do you drink when you write?
I’m drinking Emeril’s Big Easy blend of coffee—bam!—with lots of half and half. I generally drink either coffee or seltzer water when I write. Cuppa tea once in a while. But now that you’ve asked that question, I find myself craving a vanilla milkshake…
Q: Pretend you just won ten million dollars. What is the first time you would buy (other than a college education for your kids!)
I’ve had this answer down for years—I don’t play the lottery, but I love to fantasize about winning. So after the college fund and the hospital wing and the donation to Bono’s charity, you mean? Then it gets tricky. Hmm. I need a brown belt, does that count? I should have a better answer for that, but brown belt is what leaps to mind. My guilty indulgence is skin care items. I probably have five different eye creams smeared on my skin at any given moment. Maybe I’d bop into Sephora and go a little wild.
Q: If I drove your fantasy car into your drive and handed over the keys, what kind of car is it? What year? What color?
It would be my dad’s 1974 Triumph TR-6, maroon, two-seater with wooden dashboard, perfectly restored. I drove that car on occasion when I was a teenager and Dad was feeling indulgent. My father died a long time ago, but we still have his mid-life-crisis, sitting there in Mom’s garage. It’s a dream to get it up and running again.
You’d look awesome behind the wheel of that car!
Q: Tell our readers one secret your fans don’t know about you.
I have so few secrets! I tend to blurt out personal information to anyone I meet, so secrets are tough. But let’s see what I can come up with here…I had my tonsils out when I was 36 years old. That’s so lame, but it’s the best I can do. Better than the fact that I read The Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English (I am so much fun at cocktail parties, let me tell you!). Now you have me wishing I was once lost in the jungle for three weeks lost or had a half-brother in prison, since that sounds so much juicier. Dang.
Q: The reviews for your latest books, MY ONE AND ONLY have been fabulous, including the one here on our blog. As someone who has won two coveted RITA awards, do you worry about your books meeting a certain level of reader expectation? Have you ever faced analysis/paralysis when writing (your mind freezing up from analyzing your writing too much)?
Yes to both. I’m very hard on my work, though I think that would be the case with or without the RITAs (much as I adore those beautiful girls!). Once in a while, I just stop to think—and think—and think—about my characters and plot, but it serves the story well. I’d love it if my process were a little less tortuous, but it’s my torture, and it seems to be working, so I guess I’ll stick with it.
This is the story of a long-divorced couple forced to reunite at a destination wedding as best man and maid of honor. They married young and divorced fast…neither was really equipped for the realities of marriage. There’s an ocean of feeling between them—love was never the problem—but there’s a lot of blame, too. They’re extremely wary (and a little thrilled) at being in such close proximity again.
I had a lot of fun with this book on so many levels—first, I was crazy in love with Nick, who’s so snarky and fast and big-hearted (and a Yankees fan, like me). I loved writing a more cynical heroine than my others have been—Harper thinks of herself as a realist, and a divorce attorney, she does know a thing or two about why marriages fail. There were some great secondary characters who kind of leaped off the page—Dennis, BeverLee, Coco and Father Bruce were my faves, as well as that poor guy at the restaurant in Montana.
Q: Can you give us a sneak peak on what you’re working on right now?
Sure! I just finished revisions on UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, and I’m very excited about this book, too. For the first time, I wrote the hero’s point of view as well as the heroine’s, and I had so much fun doing it! I think of this book as Return of the Bad-Boy—in high school, Liam Murphy was the hottest guy in Bellsford, NH: motorcycle, leather jacket, girls falling at his feet. Now he’s back almost twenty years later, dad to a teenage girl, rather terrified that she’ll fall for the type of guy he was. Posey Osterhagen, who’d worshipped Liam from afar back in the day, immediately learns that his effect on her hasn’t changed…not a good thing, in her opinion, considering how he crushed her young heart. So it’s a book about young love, maturity, parenthood, forgiveness, acceptance…I really do love it, and I hope readers will too!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you’ll find time to come back again the future. I’m sure there’ll be comments and questions to you today.
Absolutely my pleasure! Thank you so much for having me!
I highly recommend all of Kristan’s books (they are all on my keeper shelf) but MY ONE AND ONLY may have climbed to #1 in my Kristan rankings. Click on your perferred bookseller below and pick up this fun read.
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